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“A step back in time”

Charles Dickens' Birthplace
Ranked #38 of 130 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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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 a shop where you can buy almost anything Dickens related, a treasure trove of usual and unusual items. There is an informative introduction to the tour and you then make your way around the house. Each room has information on it's contents and use and the rooms are full of furniture and household items true to the Dickens period of occupation although few were owned by the Dickens family. If you are a Dickens fan or history buff the museum is excellent. It brings the early years and family life of Charles Dickens alive and is well worth a visit.

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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 located. A surprisingly, light modern house with numerous items of furniture and paintings to delight the Dickens' enthusiasts. Most enjoyable visit.

1  Thank mdkayar
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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
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Reviewed 22 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 so discreet we actually walked by it the first time. It is literally in a residential neighborhood, so it's very quiet...Ok, ha ha, we had a good laugh at ourselves for trusting too much in the Great-All-Knowing-Google-Maps, and we went into the museum.
Thank god admission was cheap.
There are very few original items in the museum. The curator admitted that even the fireplace stove in the kitchen is not technically original to THAT house, but in fact came from a house down the street. The furnishings, although faithful to the time period, are not original, nor were they owned by the Dickens family...EXCEPT (spoiler alert) THE COUCH ON WHICH HE DIED. Um...ew.
The most redeeming quality, I suppose, is that in the room, with THE COUCH, are a number of letters, pictures and odds and ends that ARE connected directly to Dickens himself, and that was interesting. But in the end, the-little-museum-that-could just can't and tries a little too hard to be something it isn't. Well, I mean, technically it is, but...you understand, don't you? So, if you are a Dickens Diehard Fan, by all means, GO. But to a casual reader like myself, it was not too terribly exciting.

1  Thank LIsaMarie_112
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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 was no "maybe if you came back later" or "let me have a look," or even a detailed explanation as to why we could not go in. He also said we should have looked at their web site which we did when we returned home and it said" no need to book just turn up."
We later discovered that there are only two items in the house belonging to Dickens and they were bought at auction. Charles Dickens only lived at this address for five months and I dare say you would be hard pressed to find any evidence of his time there, not even his DNA would have survived.

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