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“A must-see for all Dickens' fans”

Charles Dickens' Birthplace
Ranked #38 of 126 things to do in Portsmouth
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

I visited Portsmouth specifically for two reasons, the famous maritime museum and Charles Dickens’s birthplace. When I arrived at the Dickens house, I was the only visitor. Before I left, several other people did visit. Viewers enter the house through the lower level, which happened to be the kitchen when the Dickens family lived at the site. This room contains the only original piece of furniture surviving from that time period, a built-in cupboard. The city has done an excellent job in refurbishing the home in early 1800’s Regency style. The paint, wallpaper and furniture all exemplify what might be found in the typical middle class home of this period. If these furnishings mirror what the Dickens family owned, they enjoyed a very nice life style. Charles’ father did obtain decent positions, but his financial difficulties were the result of living well above his means. The house does contain a day couch reported to be the one in which he was using when he died. I believe it was donated to the museum by one of his relatives. However, there is an identical couch at his former home in Rochester, “Gad’s Hill.”. They also claim to have the original couch. None-the-less, this museum is a “must see’ for all who love the works of Charles Dickens.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Most people mistakenly assume that Dickens was born in London ...but he was born in this house on commercial road Portsmouth (though it was then called Mile End terrace)

Charles Dickens was born on 7th February 1812 - and in his birthday -every year - the museum offers free entry to all guests.

It’s also possible to join a guided walk of Victorian Portsmouth, (though sadly I arrived too late in the day) many of the streets, houses and heritage is found in Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby!

The statue is not far from the museum but not part of it!

1  Thank Lorna K
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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.

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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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