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Carlyle's House, London

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4.4/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
Carlyle's House, in the district of Chelsea, in central London, England, was the home acquired by the historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane Welsh Carlyle, after having lived at Craigenputtock in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. She was a prominent woman of letters, for nearly half a century. The building dates from 1708 and is at No. 24 Cheyne Row (No. 5 at Carlyle's time); the house is now owned by the National Trust.The house is a typical Georgian terraced house, a modestly comfortable home where the Carlyles lived with one servant and Jane's dog, Nero. The house was opened to the public in 1895, just fourteen years after Carlyle's death. It is preserved very much as it was when the Carlyles lived there despite another resident moving in after them with her scores of cats and dogs. It is a good example of a middle class Victorian home due to the efforts of devotees tracking down much of the original furniture owned by the Carlyles. It contains some of the Carlyles' books (many on permanent loan from the London Library, which was established by Carlyle), pictures and personal possessions, together with collections of portraits by artist such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Helen Allingham and memorabilia assembled by their admirers.
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  • Entering Carlyle's House, we didn't know too much about Thomas Carlyle, but this was soon changed by both museum staff willing to share everything they knew about the author/historian/philosopher and ...  read more »
  • One of the better NT properties we have visited. The volunteers are very helpful and not of the "nanny" variety. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. 
  • We visited with our two children and found it to be fascinating. It was like going back in time. We went on a Sunday so were able to park nearby. The rooms have been kept in their original state and i...  read more »
  • A very well presented and original property. Not quite perfect as the information is presented in quite dry manner and could do with updating. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Great attraction with informative room guides
  • Charming little National Trust property with a small, secluded garden at the rear. It's full of nice little stories about the man himself, his wife, and the great and good of Victorian society who he used to socialise with. The housekeeper was very well-informed and really friendly. Well worth a visit if you're in the area, especially if you are a member.
  • Carlyle House was built on the site of an abandonded sulphur rendering plant in the 1970's. Since then it has undergone several refurbishments and two major renovations. The most important of these took place in 1995 when a worker digging in the backyard found the fossilized remains of a Triceratops. Since then dinosaur hunters have flocked to the place hoping to bag a raptor or T-rex. In 2002, the house hosted the 32nd annual conference of forensic accountants who trashed the place in an orgy of excessive book-keeping and were banned for life. Right now the house is owned by a Mr. Lemon Buttercup and he is sick and tired of the noise from the tourists upstairs. So, all in all, Carlyle House is a house.
  • A delightful early eighteenth century house, full of charm and interest. The National Trust custodians were really welcoming and extremely knowledgeable and interesting. One of my best national trust visits.
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