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Dr. Johnson's House

17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
+44 20 7353 3745
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Reviewed 1 week ago
happytravels618
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Delight hidden in Gough Square.

Often slunk past over the years, usually to nearby pubs and food but finally got organised and came... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jannerbloke
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The home of Dr. Johnson, where he wrote the first comprehensive English Dictionary. One of the very few residential houses that were built in 1700 and are still standing.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, England
City of London
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+44 20 7353 3745
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"fleet street"
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"english dictionary"
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"interesting house"
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"great man"
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"national trust members"
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"his life"
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"half price entry"
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"fascinating place to visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited only once and I think it was during Open London when it was free.(September 18th) There is a charge now, I noticed last week as I close by but it was too late in the day to pay the entrance fee. I did...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Often slunk past over the years, usually to nearby pubs and food but finally got organised and came in. Not as busy as I had expected. Worth checking the website beforehand to get the feel. Relaxed, human sized, personal feel. Gives many effective insights to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This really is a hidden gem. When we were there only 5 other people were in the building. Very modest entry fee, and as we are national trust member that was halved. There are a few artifacts in the building, mainly books, but lovely to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dr Johnson's House is 300-year-old. It is situated amongst a maze of courts and alleys near fleet street. Samuel Johnson lived and worked here. He compiled his Dictionary of the English Language. The House is open to the public. Entry is by ticket. It is...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

My wife suggested this visit as we had a free morning. We were just wandering around London as is our want and found the house just a short walk from Blackfriars Station, but Chancery Lane tube station or even Covent Garden wouldn't be too far...More

2  Thank Amritadasa L
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Without all the personal items and sense of intimacy which pervades Charles Dickens' house, this is still an excellent way for fans of the English language and lovers of Jacobite buildings to spend a couple of hours. The house is tucked away down at the...More

1  Thank travelpig_9
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

An excellent insight into the life in 18th century London. Fascinating place, lovely house just off Fleet street in a very quiet small square where Dr Samuel Johnson spent several years with his family, whilst he was compliling the first English dictionary. You may need...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

I felt privileged being able to visit the house of this great man. The house is beautifully restored, making you feel like you're stepping back in time. The furniture and the paintings are all connected to Dr. Johnson, giving you an accurate idea of him....More

Thank EWV3
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Wonderful to see where the most famous of the first English dictionaries was complied and also to learn much about John'stons life and friends. The house is just as interesting to see how people lived in the 1700's in London. The chain on the door,...More

1  Thank Davec0l
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

This is a lovely house just off Fleet street in a very quiet small square. The volunteer was very helpful and gave us a clear idea of what to look out for and what to read. there are some interesting items and books in the...More

2  Thank Jackie H
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It's small, and there isn't a lot there, so I would say an hour would be enough. But there is a library so if you want to peruse the books, then allow longer. The staff are also great - if it's not too busy they are happy to... More
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