Approx. 2 minutes walk from Russell Square Underground Station.
This beautifully restored Bloomsbury museum recently re-opened on 10th December 2012 after closing in April for a 3.1 million pound refurbishment. The typical 19th century Georgian terraced house on 48 Doughty Street was home to the beloved author Charles Dickens from 1837 until 1839, where he wrote some of his most popular novels including Oliver Twist and The Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby.
The building was threatened with demolition in 1923, but was saved by the Dickens Fellowship founded in 1902, who raised the mortgage and brought the property's freehold. It was preserved as a historic house museum that has been open to the public since 1925 under the direction of this independent trust, which is now a registered charity.
Spread over 4 floors, the Charles Dickens Museum holds the world's most important collection of 1000,000 items including paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture and other items relating to the life and work of Dickens. The museum also offers visitors activities on a regular weekly basis as well as other one off special events. All are usually intimate for no more than 30 people and include readings and storytelling, walking tours and magic shows.
The Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty, London WC1N 2LX
Admission: Adult £8.00 / Concession £6.00 / Child 6-16 years £4.00 / Children under 6 years FREE
Opening times: Monday to Sunday from 10am - 5pm. Last admission is at 4pm).
Nearest tube: Russell Square
Visit www.dickensmuseum.com for more information