Charles Dickens' Birthplace, Portsmouth

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Charles Dickens was born in this house, then known as 1 Mile End Terrace, on 7th February 1812. It was the first married home of his parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens. Here you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the comfortable Regency home which would have greeted the new-born Dickens.

Much of Victorian Portsmouth still remains in the city’s streets and heritage, drawn upon by Dickens himself in Nicholas Nickleby. The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum is the perfect place to start exploring and experiencing the work of one of England’s most famous and best-loved writers.

2015 - 2016 Opening Hours

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum is closed between October 2015 to the end of March 2016, with the following exceptions;

Christmas Weekend Opening

Open from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December, 10am - 5pm



Special opening to celebrate Dickens' Birthday Sunday 7th February, 10am - 5pm.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.
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  • August 13, 2017
    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...  more »
  • August 8, 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 an...  more »
  • August 6, 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 ...  more »
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  • Closed until the start of April, but nice place none the less.
  • A nice little house. Should check opening hours??
  • Great place to visit
  • Not open often which is down side
  • Even if you have never read a Dickens book, this is a great short visit. Although small (1.5 hours is pushing it) it is a reasonable cost and is underused by the local council. If you live close I encorage you to go.

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