Charles Dickens was born in this house, then known as 1 Mile End Terrace, on 7th February 1812. It was the first married home of his parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens. Here you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the comfortable Regency home which would have greeted the new-born Dickens.Using our international travel planner, Portsmouth attractions like Charles Dickens' Birthplace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Much of Victorian Portsmouth still remains in the city’s streets and heritage, drawn upon by Dickens himself in Nicholas Nickleby. The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum is the perfect place to start exploring and experiencing the work of one of England’s most famous and best-loved writers.
2015 - 2016 Opening Hours
Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum is closed between October 2015 to the end of March 2016, with the following exceptions;
Christmas Weekend Opening
Open from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December, 10am - 5pm
Special opening to celebrate Dickens' Birthday Sunday 7th February, 10am - 5pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.
Charles Dickens' Birthplace Reviews
The property survives and flourishes within a modern, “interesting” area. Authentic and atmospheric. Well worth a visit. Not sure if the staff are volunteers or paid but their enthusiasm is infectious... more »
This is a national treasure for people that love books. The hours are weird so you need to be prepared but a most see none the less. See where he was born and they even brought in his deathbed. The gi... more »
Delightful house. Very little actual time was spent in this place. But nevertheless, it's well worth a visit. Narrow stairway. Friendly staff. Toilets. Souvenir shop.
A must place to visit. The birth place of one of our most revered authors.
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