Photograph showing the exterior of the Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum under a blue sky

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Pay a visit to the small terraced house where, in 1812, the famous novelist Charles Dickens was born. The home in which he lived for a short time has been lovingly restored and furnished to illustrate middle-class tastes of Dickens' era.

The furniture, ceramics, glass, household objects and decorations faithfully recreate the Regency style which Charles's parents would have favoured, although their actual possessions have long since been dispersed.

There are three furnished rooms: the parlour, the dining room and the bedroom where Charles was born. The exhibition room features a display on Charles Dickens and Portsmouth, as well as a small collection of memorabilia. This includes the couch on which he died at his house in Kent, his snuff box, inkwell, and paper knife - poignant reminders of an author celebrated for his prodigious talents and creative output.

The Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum is open on the below dates, from 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 4pm) - unless otherwise stated.


6 (1.30pm to 4.30pm - last admission 4pm)
7 (1.30pm to 4.30pm - last admission 4pm)
8 (10.30am to 4.30pm - last admission 4pm)
14 (1.30pm to 4.30pm - last admission 4pm)
20 (1.30pm to 4.30pm - last admission 4pm)
21 (1.30pm to 4.30pm - last admission 4pm)

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£5.50 per ticket
Child£4.20 per ticket
Educational groups (school, college & university)£2.80 per ticket
Group price adult£4.20 per ticket
Group price child£2.80 per ticket
Group price senior citizen (60+)£3.90 per ticket
Leisure Card holders£4.20 per ticket
Senior citizen (60+)£4.90 per ticket
Student with valid ID£4.20 per ticket

Free admission for Portsmouth residents (PO1-6) and schools.



  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Accessible parking close by. Historic building - access for less ambulent is limited. Guides are available in Braille.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Establishment Features

  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Toilets

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking close by
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 30-45 minutes
  • Groups Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 15 (to achieve group rates)
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - Groups of 15 ot more can visit from Nov-Mar if booked two weeks in advance.
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Bengali printed material
  • Cantonese printed material
  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Hindi printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Literature in Dutch
  • Literature in French
  • Literature in German
  • Literature in Italian
  • Literature in Japanese
  • Literature in Spanish
  • Russian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Most suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Map & Directions

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum


Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum, 393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 4QL
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Tel+44 023 9282 1879

Opening Times

Open select dates (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Please note, the museum is open on select dates throughout the year. See the 'About' section for full details.
Last admission 4pm.

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