Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square
City of London

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020 7353 3745


020 7353 3745

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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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Interior of the Garret of the House at Night

Late-Night Opening

  • 14 May 2015 5:30-8pm

Join us on Thursday 14 May for a special chance to discover the historic interior of Dr Johnson’s eighteenth-century townhouse, after hours.
Visit all four floors of the House before enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and wiling away a spring evening as Johnson himself would have done, in his atmospheric Withdrawing Room.
The entire House will remain open for visitors to view our displays relating to Johnson, his contemporaries and literary London.

Part of the Museums at Night festival.

E’VENING. n.s. [From the Saxon and Dutch.] The close of the day ; the beginning of night.
(Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, 1755)

Usual admission charges apply (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult: £4.50
Concessions: £3.50
Children (16 and under): £1.50
Family (2 parents and children): £10
As part of their Partners scheme, members of the National Trust are entitled to a 50% discount upon showing their membership cards.