Charles Dickens Museum

Museum in Bloomsbury rated 9 / 10 from 1 review
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48 - 49 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 2LX
020 7405 2127
Nearest Station
Russell Square
0.36 miles
Opening Times
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Open 10:00 - Closes 17:00
Saturday Open 10:00 - Closes 17:00
Sunday Open 10:00 - Closes 17:00

The Charles Dickens Museum is situated at 48 Doughty Street. The house on Doughty Street is where Dickens lived from 1837 and was his residence during the completion of Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist and the Pickwick Papers.

The house was is danger of being demolished in 1923 but the building was saved by the Dickens Fellowship, the same group that runs the museum today.

The dining room on the first floor was the site of many dinner parties which were attended by many of London’s literary elite. In the morning room is a bust of Dickens created by Angus Fletcher.

The drawing room on the first floor has been refurbished to the state it was during Dickens residence- lilac walls and plum furniture have been recreated from documents and paint samples found in the room.

Also on the second floor is the small study that is believed to be the room that Dickens used to write. The desk that Dickens used at the time of his death can be viewed here.

On the second floor are Dickens bedroom and the room where his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth died shortly after they had arrived in the house. A letter by Mary is on display, as are numerous theatre related documents and memorabilia. The halls and rooms of the house are hung with paintings, documents and various pieces of Art.

Charles Dickens works have shaped so many readers' concepts of London and the museum gives visitors a unique insight into the author’s environment.

Charles Dickens Museum Picture Gallery

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The best walks around London

Strap on your boots and take a stroll around London.

The Dickens Walk: Much of London served as inspiration for the great writer. And a Charles Dickens walk is the best way to see the things that shaped his writing from the backstreets of Bermondsey (the slums in Oliver Twist) to Gray’s Inn (David Copperfield). Start at the Dickens Museum at Doughty Street and then pass through Gray’s Inn, St. Paul’s and Borough where some of the streets are even named after his characters!

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Victorian remains in London

London's chock-full of them

The world-famous chronicler of the Victorian period lived at 48 Doughty Street, near Gray's Inn Road, for two years. Despite spending such a short time here there is a fantastic selection of his furniture, manuscripts and rare books on display. Even though his house dates back to the Georgian era, the museum gathers the most important collection of Victorian artefacts in the world, and is also where he wrote Oliver Twist, among others.

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User Reviews


Nov 16, 2010

If you like Dickens, you love this museum. It is small, but lovely. You strat in the basement, where you can see a short film about Charles Dickens. The library is a great place to be. You can find all kind of Dickens books there. In strange languages, or the first versions of books that came out. On my visit there I met an elderly lady there, who told me a lot about Dickens and his work. After visiting the library it is time to visit the house. It is not that big, but I thought it was impressive. They have lovely Christmas decorations (I was there a few days before Christmas), but the whole house is lovely. I had a great time visiting the museum and I want to go back again.