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“Quaint must for any Dickens fan”

Charles Dickens' Birthplace
Ranked #37 of 128 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

I visited here on my way to the Isle of Wight as opposed to exploring Portsmouth in any depth, but as a big fan of Dickens it was an absolute must see in my lifetime. The staff were incredibly friendly, helpful, and a really fun chat. I went on a gloriously sunny day which added a real shine to every room. There is more to see than explore, with a bit of museum rope in some rooms, but that didn't spoil the look and preservation.

The interpretation added a huge depth of detail and story to a museum which really only rests on a short period of Dickens' life and artefacts - but adds a whole deal to the presence of Dickens in Portsmouth.

The shop was a delight - some really unique and well priced books on offer. Overall, clean, well-looked after, and a good amount of history to delve into.

Thank rockyrelay
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 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 and the couch where he died

1  Thank Caroline H
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

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 no café. We went Morrisons for a drink, you could also park there as its just over the road and use the underpass. I've also done the guided Dickens walk around Portsmouth which is fascinating.

Thank PamC149
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

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
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 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 majority of the furniture is simply of the period, but it provides a fair picture of how it would have been. A friendly and helpful welcome on arrival added to our experience and, reading the information boards and note plus looking at the displays filled a good hour. The House is a little away from the central area but is well worth seeking out.

Thank bsandrs
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