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Welcome back to Victorian London all you time travelers. Come spend a little time in the world of Dickens.
Charles Dickens… Strangely a name that now brings a smile and a memory of a good book, but at school the mention of his name would amass groans and sighs!
If you enjoy reading Charles Dickens (Or any of the film adaptations of his books) Then a pilgrimage to his London home is a must London attraction.
I found this place quite by accident, located in a quiet street in the heart of Bloomsbury and tucked away from the heaving masses gathered around the British Museum. The Dickens Museum is the perfect place to retreat to, a beautiful period property to visit.
Explore this beautiful house and you’ll discover his original writing desk, you’ll see the doorknocker from his childhood that had to be the inspiration for the haunted doorknocker in The Christmas Carol, A panel of bars from the Marshalsea prison (Little Dorrit) where his father was once imprisoned, and many other documents and items from his life, there’s a first edition Nicholas Nickleby summary you can handle and plenty of quills to buy in the gift shop so you can start your own masterpiece on the way home.
The museum reopened last year after a well needed and well deserved £3m restoration. The donation from the Heritage Lottery-backed project has transformed Dickens’s only surviving London home to help keep this part of London history alive.
Address: 48 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LX
Musem Map: Click to download
By bus: 7, 17, 19, 38, 45, 46, 55, 243
Underground: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Chancery Lane or Holborn (Central Line) or Kings Cross St Pancras
Monday – Sunday – 10am – 5pm
Last admission is at 4pm.
Child 6-16 years: £4.00
Children under 6 years: Free