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Charles Dickens' Birthplace, Portsmouth

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3.7/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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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  • I took my students during a mini-erasmus and I must say that no matter how small the House is full of curiosity about the life of Dickens. The furniture is from the era and give an impression of Victorian houses
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  • This is a small museum which is quite hard to find, but worth it when you get there. It's a lovely little museum with knowledgeable staff. each room has information about thye room and what is in it. ...  read more »
  • Great for the Dickens enthusiast - I wasn't aware he had been born in Portsmouth until I saw the leaflet! Lots of interesting pictures and book reviews from the era, and the gift shop is very reasonab...  read more »
  • 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.
  • One of the essential places to visit, although not very accessible to wheelchair users. Try following the Dickens trail that you can download from their website.
  • The birthplace, in my opinion, is undersold and undersigned by the city council. The best way of finding it is to use the major shopping centre, Commercial Road, as the starting point and then walk in the direction of the continental ferry port. You will see a church set back on the right. From there, Old Portsmouth road is by the car park. Worth a visit as it is step back in time
  • brilliant place to go
  • Little small, but very nice to see if you're nearby.
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