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Charles Dickens' Birthplace, Portsmouth

(3.7/5 based on 90+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • I went with a friend who is a huge Charles Dickens fan, although I have visited before on several occasions. We were terribly unlucky on the day we went as our arrival coincided with the arrival of a ...  more »
  • Be cautious of the time of day a mosque has been allowed next door so may be busy when trying to park or walk on pavements etc, shame they built the housing estate right on top of it as well.  more »
  • It is easy to take heritage for granted. We walk past it every day. But if you live in or near the great city of Portsmouth then you really should take in this amazing piece of genuine history. We are...  more »
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  • it is a very cool house if you are into history
  • 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