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Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum



Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum, 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 4QL

Tel: +44 023 9282 1879

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum


Pay a visit to the small terraced house where, in 1812, the famous novelist Charles Dickens was born. The home in which he lived for a short time has been lovingly restored and furnished to illustrate middle-class tastes of Dickens' era.

The furniture, ceramics, glass, household objects and decorations faithfully recreate the Regency style which Charles's parents would have favoured, although their actual possessions have long since been dispersed.

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. This includes the couch on which he died at his house in Kent, his snuff box, inkwell, and paper knife - poignant reminders of an author celebrated for his prodigious talents and creative output.

Volunteers will be in costume every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and The Dickens Fellowship provide readings at 3pm on the first Sunday of every month. Please contact the museum prior to visiting to confirm these events are taking place.

Use the weblink above to access the museum's website for futher information.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
17 and under free if accompanied by a full paying adultFree
Adult£4.20 per ticket
Leisure Card Holders£2.50 per ticket
Senior 60+£3.70 per ticket
Student with valid ID£3.20 per ticket
Unaccompanied child£3.20 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction


  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Accessible parking close by. Historic building - access for less ambulent is limited. Virtual tour available to buy on DVD.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking close by
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 30-45 minutes
  • Groups Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 15 (to achieve group rates)
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - Groups of 15 ot more can visit from Nov-Mar if booked two weeks in advance.
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies - Licensed as a venue for civil ceremonies. The museum will be closed to accommodate any bookings and the group size is small - only 19.
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Most suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Bengali printed material
  • Cantonese printed material
  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Hindi printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Literature in Dutch
  • Literature in French
  • Literature in German
  • Literature in Italian
  • Literature in Japanese
  • Literature in Spanish
  • Russian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Take M27 to M275. Follow brown Tourist signs to Charles Dickens' Birthplace.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station is Portsmouth & Southsea.

Opening Times

Winter Closing (26 Sept 2017 - 30 Mar 2018)
Summer Opening (31 Mar 2018 - 1 Oct 2018)
Monday - ThursdayClosed
Friday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30

* Last admission to Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum - 30 minutes before closing time.

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