Charles Dickens Museum

Explore Dickens' former home where some of his best-loved novels were written.

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Access to The Charles Dickens Museum with a London Pass Normally £9.50 - Included with London Pass

Explore the former home of Charles Dickens and discover the life and legacy of one of history's greatest novelists. 

The Charles Dickens Museum in central London is a celebration of one of the greatest novelists in British history. The museum exhibits over 100,000 items, from personal possessions and keepsakes to artwork and manuscripts from some of his original works.

Enjoy access to Charles Dickens Museum with The London Pass® 

  • Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass.
  • Explore the family home of the prolific author, Charles Dickens.
  • Enjoy seasonal events and exhibitions as part of the Museum’s general admission. 

Charles Dickens Museum history

A few months before Queen Victoria claimed the throne in 1837, Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine moved to their new home. This Victorian family home at 48 Doughty St, London, became the centre of the couple’s domestic world, where they enjoyed hosting dinners and parties with leading figures of the period. From his guests to his family (by the end of his life, he had 10 children) and the servants around him, Dickens’ home became a paradisiacal haven of inspiration. He absorbed the stories and the characters around him, working by candlelight to create the iconic novels Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby, as well as the newspaper articles and essays that carried the weight of his social commentary. It was in his study, at the centre of the house, that he cemented his name as one of the greatest writers and academics in the world.

Today, his home is the Charles Dickens Museum - an international centre for research on Charles Dickens and the Victorian society he mirrored through his work. Through a major a from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as sponsorships and partnerships with a number of trusts, foundations and donors, the Museum now contains the world’s finest and most comprehensive collection of Dickens’ life and work. 

Charles Dickens Museum highlights

  • The building is the writer’s only surviving London home.
  • Uncover the private world behind the author’s public image. 
  • Explore his study, the family bedchambers, and the servants’ quarters below stairs. 
  • Walk through rooms dressed with their authentic furniture, tableware, portraits, marble busts, china ornaments and paintings.
  • Permanent exhibitions include portraits of the author, manuscripts of his work, personal items and letters. 
  • The Museum also has a café for an ideal pitstop after a wandering these famous quarters.

Charles Dickens Museum facts

  • The Museum allows you to see treasures including Dickens’s desk, handwritten drafts from the novels he wrote here, and his young wife’s engagement ring. 
  • The author himself didn’t have the best start. When he was 12, his father was sent to debtor’s prison for debts he couldn’t afford to pay off. Charles’ mother and siblings moved into the prison with his Charles’ father, leaving Charles to struggle in poverty with family friends. 
  • Since his emergence as a writer, Dickens’ books have never gone out of print. 

Don’t miss

Educational events

The Museum offers a vibrant programme of curriculum relevant taught workshops, activities, tours and interactive visits for pupils from KS1 through to A Level.

Family-friendly activities

With self-guided activity trails for families, audio guides specifically aimed at younger visitors and period costumes to play dress up in, the Museum promises to be enjoyable and family-friendly.

Check the Museum’s official site for the latest events.  

Know before you go 

Due to space restrictions, the Museum can only permit groups of less than 10 people into the house at any one time. Any groups larger than 10 people must be booked in advance. The London Pass® is regretfully not accepted for group bookings. 

Getting in

Present your London Pass at the main entrance.

Make the most of your London Pass

The Charles Dickens Museum is on the museum mile - a vibrant hub of 13 world-class museums in the heart of London. Check the map to see what these are: some of these museums are also included on your London Pass. 

How to get there

Underground: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Chancery Lane or Holborn (Central Line) or Kings Cross St Pancras (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines and national and international rail services).

By bus:  Bus numbers 7, 17, 19, 38, 45, 46, 55, 243

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Getting to Charles Dickens Museum

Getting to Charles Dickens Museum

  • Charles Dickens Museum 48 Doughty Street London, WC1N 2LX

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Last Admission: 16.00

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