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

£6.00 adults
£5.00 concessions (and groups of 10+)
£2.50 children
£12.50 family ticket
Members of the National Trust are entitled to 50% discount on admission.


  • 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

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.
Design for woven silk

Proper Devices for a Lady's Dress: Commissioning, Designing, and Consuming Spitalfields Silks

  • 16 October 2018 From 1:30pm *on now

Makers and consumers of Spitalfields silks alike were motivated on the one hand by fashion and novelty and on the other by ideas of good design and even patriotism. Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner, Senior Curator of Designs at the V&A, will explore these sumptuous silks and the aesthetics and politics that were woven into them.


Standard admission price (£7)

Desk covered in scrolls

Curious Crafts at Dr Johnson's House

  • 20 October 2018 2-4pm

A children's drop in workshop to accompany our current exhibition - join us for an afternoon of 18th century fun, with activities for all ages! Artist Louise Whittles, whose work 'Dr Johnson's Greatcoat' is exhibited at the House, will lead a variety of arts and crafts including map making, Dr Johnson jumping jacks and much more. There’s no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


Free with Standard Admission charge



Hodge the cat statue

An evening at Dr Johnson's House

  • 25 October 2018 6-8:30pm

A rare opportunity to explore the historic interior of Dr Johnson’s eighteenth-century townhouse, at twilight, whilst enjoying a complimentary drink.

All four floors of the House will remain open for visitors to view our permanent collection, alongside our current exhibition - Curious Travellers: Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on Tour.

Suitable for

  • Any age





Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square
City of London

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020 7353 3745


020 7353 3745

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