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.
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