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Charles Dickens' Birthplace

393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
+44 23 9282 7261
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Very intellectual

Some quirky facts as well as finding out what various stories were based on. The people in the shop... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Caroline H
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
via mobile
A Step back through History

Came in a group and were greeted in a friendly informative manner. The Georgian house is on 4... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fareham, United Kingdom
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  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL, England
+44 23 9282 7261

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Reviewed 4 days ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 24 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
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

1  Thank Djangology
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
Reviewed 24 May 2017

What a wonderful little museum. The displays bring the birthplace of Charles Dickens to life. Some of the exhibits belonged to Dickens himself, including his snuff box and even the very couch on which he died! Gruesome! Well worth a visit.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Mind you, the website makes it sound quite delightful. So, we made the trek--by foot--from the Historic dockyard to the birthplace. It was a bit difficult to find. I mean, there were signs, but then when we got on the street itself, the house was...More

1  Thank LIsaMarie_112
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I am a freelance writer and when on holiday in Portsmouth decided to visit Charles Dickens birthplace. We arrived at 10.10 and my husband asked for 4 tickets only to be told by the man in reception " You can't come in full up." There...More

1  Thank Bobmags
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