Charles Dickens Museum
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The only surviving London home of Charles Dickens
I walked down Doughty Street, sure that I was approaching my destination. All I saw was a pleasant, if unremarkable, street of terraced Georgian houses. I checked my map. Yes, the address was right. It was only as I actually got close to number 48 that I saw the green bunting and plaque suggesting that his house was something out of the ordinary.
Among the collection are personal belongings, family mementos, portraits, rare book editions, and original manuscripts. The collection now numbers over 100,000 items, and though not all the objects can be displayed at the same time due to space limitations, private viewings can be arranged.
The Dickens Museum is a very simple house, with a tiny garden behind. One unexpected treasure in the garden is an original stone step from St George's church, Southwark, where Little Dorrit and her husband stand at the end of the book.
About Charles Dickens Museum
Address: 48 Doughty Street, London, Greater London, England, WC1N 2LX
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: On the east side of Doughty Street, equidistant from Chancery and Kings Cross stations
Website: Charles Dickens Museum
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Nearest station: Russell Square - 0.4 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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