Dr Johnson's House

Photo by Phillip Sayer of Dr Johnson's House at dusk
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Dr Johnson’s House is one of the few residential houses of its age still surviving in the City of London. Built c. 1700, it was a home and workplace for Samuel Johnson from 1748-1759, and it was here that he compiled his Dictionary of the English Language.
The house is full of historic features including panelled rooms, an open staircase and moving panels on the first floor. The collection includes period furniture and prints and portraits of Johnson and his circle. Situated to the north of Fleet Street, Dr Johnson's House is found among a maze of courtyards and passages that are a reminder of historic London.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1100-1700
Mon-Sat 1100-1730
Closed: Sundays and Bank Holidays
Please check our website for Christmas opening times

Admission charges

£4.50 adults
£3.50 concessions (and groups of 10+)
£1.50 children
£10.00 family ticket


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only.
There are many unavoidable steps.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Literature, Personalities

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Exterior of Dr Johnson's House in the evening

Late-Night Exhibition View

  • 30 October 2015 5-8pm

Spend an autumnal eve enjoying a glass of wine and exploring our latest exhibition: 'Shakespeare in the 18th-Century: Johnson, Garrick and Friends.'

As part of the Museums at Night festival, we will be keeping our doors open late and welcoming visitors to an after-hours view of the House and our current exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Usual admission fee applies (includes a complimentary glass of wine)
Adults: £4.50
Concessions: £3.50

Members of the National Trust are entitled to a 50% discount upon showing their membership cards at the Front Desk.

Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square
City of London

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020 7353 3745


020 7353 3745

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