Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty Street
Greater London




020 7405 2127


020 7831 5175

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The only surviving London home of Charles Dickens. Here, between 1837 and 1839, Dickens completed famous works such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

The museum, set in an early Georgian house, was first opened in 1925 by the Dickens Fellowship, who still use it as their headquarters today. The Museum also has a garden cafe / tea room serving a range of sweet treats and savoury lunches.

The Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, re-opens on 10 December in time to celebrate a Dickensian Christmas.

The museum has been transformed and expanded in a £3.1 million restoration project, supported with substantial funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, and now features original Victorian furniture and fittings, newly opened attics and kitchens, and a brand new education centre at neighbouring 49 Doughty Street.

Visitors to the museum will be taken on a unique journey back in time as they explore and discover Dickens’s life through richly recreated rooms and intimate displays of his personal belongings, paintings and his writing.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sun 1000-1700
Last admission 16.30

Admission charges

Adults £7
Concessions £5
Children £3
Children under 12 free


  • Museums Association

The collection ranges from paintings by well-known Victorian artists such as Maclise and Frith to manuscripts, personal items, memorabilia and reconstructed rooms.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Literature, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Perhaps the most well-known exhibit is the portrait of Dickens by R.W. Buss (an original illustrator of Pickwick) 'Dickens's Dream' showing the author in his study at Gads Hill Place surrounded by creatures of his imagination.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Magic Lantern: Photography Workshop and Walk Exploring Dickensian Locations of London

  • 9 August 2014 1:30-5pm

This one day photography workshop examines the city sights that inspired the great Victorian author and sustained his lifelong fascination with the great metropolis. Suitable for photographers of all levels, the day will be led by professional photographer Andrea Artz, whose work is exhibited in the Charles Dickens Museum.

The morning begins with the opportunity for a self-guided visit of the Museum at 48 Doughty Street, the only remaining London home of Dickens, and therefore an inspirational starting point.

Participants will meet Andrea in the Museum for a brief introduction to the course at 13:30 before embarking on a bespoke walk taking in a variety of Dickens locations.

What you can expect from the day:

A more in depth understanding of the history connected with each Dickens location you visit
A combination of demonstration and practical exercises
Tips on composition, including: rule of thirds, perspective, orientation, framing, decisive movement, use of colour and line, choice of lens, use of light
Assistance with use of cameras for beginners or those with new equipment and a more in depth approach for those with established photography skills
Bespoke advice and feedback for each individual and recommendations for further reading

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£20 (including workshop and museum visit)


An Evening With Miaiam and Michael

  • 23 August 2014 6:30-8pm

Join the inimitable and much-loved actress Miriam Margolyes in conversation with world leading Dickens academic Professor Michael Slater, as they wax lyrical on Dickens’s women.

This unique evening also comprises an exclusive guided tour with the Museum Curator; a chance to delve into Dickens’s world at 48 Doughty Street and learn more about the world’s leading collection relating to the great novelist and social campaigner.

The talk and tour will be followed by an informal drinks reception in the Museum’s beautiful walled garden and café, with the opportunity to speak with Miriam and Michael in a more relaxed setting, and perhaps have a book or two signed!

Following your complimentary glass of champagne there will be a range of drinks available from the bar.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Tickets: £30 (Including Talk, Tour and a glass of champagne)