Charles Dickens Museum
Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty Street
020 7405 2127
020 7831 5175
Number 48 Doughty Street is the only remaining London home of eminent Victorian author Charles Dickens. Dickens described the terraced Georgian dwelling as 'my house in town' and resided here from 1837 until 1839 with his wife and young family.
Two of his daughters were born here, his sister-in-law Mary died aged 17 in an upstairs bedroom and some of his best-loved novels were written here, including Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.
The museum was transformed and expanded in 2012 with a £3.1 million restoration project, 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.
There is also a lovely garden café serving a range of homemade sweet treats and savoury lunches.
Museum, Historic house or home
Last admission 16:00
Children under 6 free
- Museums Association
- National Art Pass
- International Council of Museums
The collection ranges from paintings by well-known Victorian artists such as Maclise and Frith to manuscripts, personal items, memorabilia and reconstructed rooms.
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.
Dickens' First Love
- 11 February — 19 April 2015 *on now
Centred on the true story of the young Dickens and his first love Maria Beadnell (later immortalised as Dora Spenlow in ‘David Copperfield’ and Flora Finching in ‘Little Dorrit’), the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see Dickens's very first literary efforts: love poems about Maria and comic verse composed for her sister Anne. This really is Charles Dickens as you've never seen him before...
In addition to Dickens’s early writings, the exhibition displays portraits of the young Dickens and the Beadnell family, and visitors will be invited to pen their own love poems and try to better the great Victorian novelist.
- Family friendly
Normal admission charges apply.
Dickens After Dark
- 15 May 2015 6-10pm
Away from the hustle and bustle of central London, hidden in a little corner of Bloomsbury, No.48 Doughty Street provides a unique setting for a truly Dickensian experience. For one evening only, the Charles Dickens Museum joins Museums at Night, with the former home of the great author opening its doors to evening revellers for a delectable evening of Victorian entertainment...
Back by popular demand, there are readings by Michael Slater from the infamous books penned in the house, whilst in the shadowy basement kitchens, costumed butter churning demonstrations reveal the secrets of Catherine Dickens's original recipes. And as if that weren’t enough to tickle your fancy, there will be classic film screenings showing throughout the evening.
Meanwhile the rest of the shadowy Georgian interiors are open for twilight browsing and The Library Bar awaits in the neighbouring house; with flickering candlelight, live acoustic guitar and a beautiful hidden walled garden waiting to be discovered.
To top off your Victorian encounter (and soak up the gin!) local Victorian watering hole The Lady Ottoline are offering guests of the Charles Dickens Museum a 20% discount on their delicious locally sourced food menu.