Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens Museum information

London , England
48 Doughty St
Getting there
Tube: Chancery Lane, Russell Sq
More information
adult/child £8/4
Opening hours
10am-5pm, last admission 4pm
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A £3.5 million renovation made this museum, located in a handsome four-storey house that was the great Victorian novelist's sole surviving residence in London, bigger and better than ever. A period kitchen in the basement and a nursery in the attic were added, and newly acquired 49 Doughty St increased the exhibition space substantially.

Not that the prolific writer stayed here very long – a mere 2½ years (1837–39) – but this is where his work really flourished: he dashed off The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist, despite anxiety over debts, the death of his beloved sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth, and his ever-growing family. The house was saved from demolition and the museum opened in 1925, showcasing the family drawing room (restored to its original condition) and a dozen rooms containing various memorabilia. Audio guides are £3 (or download the free app to your smartphone).