Charles Dickens Museum

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tues-Sun 10:00-17:00
Last admission 16:00
Bank Holiday Mondays 10:00-17:00
Last admission 16:00

Admission charges

Adults £9
Concessions £6
Children £4
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.

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.
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Dr Marigold's Prescriptions performed by Ian Pearce- Charles Dickens Museum

Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions

  • 11 August 2016 3-4pm, 6-7pm

Following huge success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over the last two years, performer Ian Pearce is bringing this heart-warming and colourful Dickens tale to life in Doctor Marigold’s breathless sales patter!

Doctor Marigold, named after the doctor who delivered him, is a "cheap-jack" who hawks sundries from a travelling cart he inhabits with his wife and his daughter Sophy.

The story follows the rise and fall of his fortunes, his adoption of a mute circus girl, love, loss and hope, delivering on all of the wonderful twists and turns we have come to expect of a Dickens classic.

The word ‘breath taking’ is not too strong a term to describe this performance! Mesmerising, stunning, awe-inspiring.

Audience Reviews, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

"A gem of a show. Storytelling at its most wonderful."

Audience Reviews, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Charles Dickens the master storyteller himself would surely give a nod to Ian Pearce for bringing Doctor Marigold so gloriously to life.

Rob Johnson Breath Out Theatre, Manchester 2015

“Amazing acting and beautiful storytelling! I wasn't familiar with this Dickens story, so I had no idea how the plot would unfold. I was engaged from start to finish with Pearce's touching storytelling and hung on to every word.”

Audience Reviews, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£15 Including the performance and Museum entrance


Dickens After Dark: A Halloween Special

Dickens After Dark: A Halloween Special

  • 28 October 2016 6:30-9pm

“… he felt as though the light were a reproach, and shrunk involuntarily from the day as if he were some foul and hideous thing.”

Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby

On All Hallow’s Eve, the only night of the year dedicated to telling stories of the dearly departed and reading the fortunes of friends, you can experience Dickens’s beautiful townhouse just as if the author himself had just stepped out the door.

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the dimly lit rooms and experience just what it was like to be in a Victorian home after dark while you delve into the unseen mysteries of the future with the help of our clairvoyants.

We will have a candlelit bar open throughout the evening to help ward off the chills of this dark and mysterious night.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17




Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty Street
Greater London

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Events Information

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020 7405 2127

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