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Charles Dickens Museum
Visit the oldest surviving London residence of this famous Victorian novelist.
History of Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was born at Portsmouth on 7th February 1812. He lived with parents at No. 2 Ordnance Terrace, Chatham and played often in a hayfield opposite, which later became Chatham Railway station. In 1821 the family moved to 18 St. Mary's place next to a Baptist Chapel where Rev. William Giles officiated. His son, William taught at a school in Chatham that Charles and his sister Fanny attended.
The young Charles continued to gather images in his mind, The rope-makers, block-makers and Anchor smiths at Chatham Dockyard, the convict hulk in the Medway and the view of the Cathedral and Castle at sunset all appeared in his later novels. In 1864, a miniature Swiss Chalet presented to Dickens was erected in the garden at Gads Hill (it can now be seen at the Dickens Museum in Rochester.) and it was here that he wrote the last chapters of Edwin Drood. The furniture, ceramics, glass, household objects and decorations faithfully re-create the Regency style which Charles's parents would have favoured, although their actual possessions have long since been dispersed.
The Charles Dickens Museum
There are three furnished rooms: the parlour, the dining room and the bedroom where Charles was born. The exhibition room features a display on Charles Dickens and Portsmouth, as well as a small collection of memorabilia: the couch on which he died at his house in Kent, together with his snuff box, inkwell and paper knife, poignant reminders of an author celebrated for his prodigious talents and creative output.
Charles Dickens' Death
On his last visit in 1866 he tried to find his birthplace but was unsuccessful, however it is now clearly signpost so visitors can find it easily! Even though Dickens' popular writing career ran from 1836 to 1870 his characters live on as familiar friends to many people all over the world. Dickens died on 9th June 1870 following a stroke the previous evening. He had always wished to be buried in Rochester but his family decided to have him buried in Westminster Abbey.
The Charles Dickens Museum is open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm), Sunday 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm).
Families: £14.00 (2 adults & up to five children)
Group rates: For a group of 10 or more, a special group rate of £4.00 each applies. Children will still be admitted for £3.00 each. One free admission per group is also allowed.
Location of Charles Dickens Museum
The Charles Dickens Museum is situated in West End, at 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX. The Museum may be reached by using the bus No38 from Victoria Station. And by these Underground stations: Russell Square, Chancery Lane and Holborn. There are also several direction signs to guide you to the museum.
For more information visit www.dickensmuseum.com
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to the Charles Dickens Museum? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438