Charles Dickens Museum, London

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Homepage, London | 0 comments

The Charles Dickens Museum is the 19th century home of the great literary author. At 48 Doughty St, visitors have the chance to step back in time to 1837 and experience Dickens’s home as if he had just stepped out of the door. Spread over five floors, the elegant townhouse is dressed in authentic Victorian style and is filled with a collection of rare books, manuscripts, paintings, photographs and memorabilia.
Helpful facts:
  • The Charles Dickens Museum immerses you in the private life behind the very public face of Charles Dickens.
  • Here at Doughty Street we encourage you to experience his life and to explore the house that became a family home to his young children.
  • Feel his presence in the very rooms where he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.
  • At the centre of the house is Dickens’s study with his original writing desk. In this book-lined room he wrote an extraordinary number of newspaper articles, journal essays, short stories and novels – always with a quill pen and often by candlelight. He was frequently inspired by the busy household of family, servants and guests around him.
  • Walk in Dickens’s footsteps and see how his many experiences influenced and shaped the characters he created. Discover how he became famous during his lifetime and why his work continues to be so loved throughout the world today.
  • Our café is a calm oasis in the heart of London. It has a charming outdoor courtyard garden and serves drinks, light meals and cakes. We also have a shop for gifts and books. You can visit both without a ticket to the Museum.
  • We welcome groups but due to the size of the Museum, any groups of 10 people or more must be booked in advance via the Museum website.
Ideal for:

Individuals, groups

Did you know?

Charles Dickens lived at 48 Doughty Street for just 3 years from 1837 until 1839 but it is the only place that he lived in London that still stands and is open to the public.

Dickens wrote Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and completed The Pickwick Papers whilst living here. The Museum contains the world’s finest and most comprehensive collection relating to Dickens’s life and work, with over 100,000 items including furniture, personal effects, paintings, prints, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and rare editions.

Top Tip

The Charles Dickens Museum is located in the heart of Bloomsbury, London – an area long associated with the literary history of the city.  The Museum can be reached via the Tube and is a 10 minute walk from Russell Square Station (Piccadilly Line) or Chancery Lane Station (Central Line).  The main transport hub of Kings Cross, St Pancras is only 15 minutes on foot.