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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
+44 23 9282 7261
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A must-see for all Dickens' fans

I visited Portsmouth specifically for two reasons, the famous maritime museum and Charles Dickens’s... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dan M
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Spokane, Washington
Did you know Charles Dickens was born not in London but Portsmouth

Most people mistakenly assume that Dickens was born in London ...but he was born in this house on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lorna K
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393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited Portsmouth specifically for two reasons, the famous maritime museum and Charles Dickens’s birthplace. When I arrived at the Dickens house, I was the only visitor. Before I left, several other people did visit. Viewers enter the house through the lower level, which happened...More

Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people mistakenly assume that Dickens was born in London ...but he was born in this house on commercial road Portsmouth (though it was then called Mile End terrace) Charles Dickens was born on 7th February 1812 - and in his birthday -every year -...More

Thank Lorna K
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

I visited here on my way to the Isle of Wight as opposed to exploring Portsmouth in any depth, but as a big fan of Dickens it was an absolute must see in my lifetime. The staff were incredibly friendly, helpful, and a really fun...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Some quirky facts as well as finding out what various stories were based on. The people in the shop were lovely and if you lived in Portsmouth and had proof of address you get on free. The photos show the bed where he was born...More

Thank Caroline H
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Came in a group and were greeted in a friendly informative manner. The Georgian house is on 4 floors with all the rooms dressed in the period and information on each room available. Lots of seating and there are toilets and a small shop but...More

Thank PamC149
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

The house of the famous writer is an interesting museum where you can find several things belonged to Dickens (also the sofa where he died) and related to the historical background. You can buy books and gadgets in the shop.

Thank KaZuccotti
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Having visited the Birthplace on several occasions over the years, starting from a period when the contents were very limited, it was good today to enjoy the ambience of a furnished home. Yes, I know that Dickens left Portsmouth when he was two and the...More

Thank bsandrs
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

Perfect for literature lovers and readers of all types, whether you're a Dickens fan or not. Particularly poignant is the fact that they have the sofa that the great man died on.

Thank danecobain
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

We visited this attraction on a friday at 11.00am. It is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during summer for some reason. We were welcomed and directed into the basement area where the official start of the tour is located. This area also has...More

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

We took a taxi from our hotel to Charles Dickens' Birthplace and received a cheerful and pleasant welcome. There is a small shop with a variety of books and gifts should anyone want a memento or present. The house is well kept and is conveniently...More

1  Thank mdkayar
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jr1of7
2 January 2018|
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Response from VisitPortsmouth | Property representative |
Hello. In July, the Museum will be open Friday - Sunday only, 10am - 5.30pm. Admission price is £4.20 for adults. (Though both are subject to change) Hope that helps!
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