Dr. Johnson's House
Dr. Johnson's House
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11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The home of Dr. Johnson, where he wrote the first comprehensive English Dictionary. One of the very few residential houses that were built in 1700 and are still standing.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Chancery Lane • 6 min walk
  • Blackfriars • 7 min walk
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jessikalondon
New Malden, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Beautiful kept Georgian house with well presented furniture,original paintings and information on Dr Johnson and his life
Written 16 February 2024
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,727 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Tucked away in Gough Square, it is just as well that there are little street signs pointing to its quiet position off the beaten track. As a 300-year old house, it is worth a visit, but with the Dr Johnson connections, it is even better! Various people have tried to demolish it (British and foreigners), but it has survived, even with its own fire wardens during the war. It will be of interest more to adults than children.
Some of the architectural "novelties", like the full length doors (or walls) that divide a large room upstairs into three, have to be seen to be believed. We congratulate the amazing people who looked after such a building over the years - their work has been its our reward too. The connections with the man are obvious, and not all of them are written, as so much of his personality comes through the exhibits.
Don't ever convert this to a computer screen experience!
Written 31 January 2024
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MardyLass
East Riding of Yorkshire, UK105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Small but interesting museum depicting the life of Samuel Johnson. The entrance is a bit obscure, round the side, rather than the front door. It is on 4 floors with period furniture, pictures and many items which belonged to Johnson. It is self-guided but contains an abundance of information in every room for you to read during your visit. It is reasonably priced - although we should have really been charged the concession price, but were just asked for £9 when I asked. Perhaps we looked too young! Well worth a visit.
Written 26 November 2023
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J C
Westerly, RI13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I read the reviews on TripAdvisor about visiting Dr. Johnson’s house in London. Many of the reviews complained about the rudeness or indifference of staff, and rated their experience accordingly. This put me in a very negative frame of mind, but my friend wanted to see the exhibit, so along we went.

I rang ahead and got the most delightful woman who was helpful and cheerful, and gave me lots of hope.

When we got there, a volunteer at the reception desk was - can you guess? - delightful and helpful and cheerful and full of knowledge about and enthusiasm for Dr. Johnson and his crowd.

I’m sorry for the experiences other visitors had, but my friend and I had a fantastic time, full of enlightening facts. It renewed my interest in the great man himself. I applaud the staff and thank them for a great experience. Highly recommended.
Written 28 October 2023
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Daydream48554702980
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The house and museum were not open despite sign outside and website saying that is should be. A wasted journey.
Written 26 September 2023
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flutefairy
Borough of Brentwood, UK450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We enjoyed an interesting visit to this four storey house that was once the home of Dr Johnson ( famed for compiling a comprehensive dictionary of English). Do not be put off if the front door appears closed ( as it was on our visit) we tried the door and found it did open. The staff were pleasant and helpful. There is plenty of information about Dr. Johnson and his friends available in the form of room cards; whilst we found it interesting this house is unlikely to be of interest to primary school age children or younger. The house is fairly sparsely furnished but contains a sufficient number of authentic artefacts to maintain the interest of adults with an interest in history. There is a small selection of gifts to buy in the reception area, there are toilets in the basement but no on site cafe ( this does not matter however, bearing in mind this area of London is full of eating establishments. It should be noted that this is a historic house and there are no lifts - access to all floors is via staircases that can be windy and steep hence one needs to be reasonably able bodied to see the exhibits.
Written 1 August 2023
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This is the House Museum of Dr. Samuel Johnson. It is situated on Gough Square, just off Fleet Street. Dr. Johnson was an acclaimed essayist and scholar who took up the task of writing the first English Dictionary. He achieved this task in 1755 even before the Oxford Dictionary was written. It took him 9 years to complete these two volumes. He resided in this very house all through this project between 1748-1759. You can see the furniture he used, his paintings, his tomes and his everyday use objects here. You can even see his cat Hodge in the shape of a statue outside his house.
Written 10 July 2023
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JOHN P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Really interesting museum which gave great insight into the man, his works and his character. You can wander round at your own pace and read the self-guided tour information sheets on how the rooms were used, 18th century London life and Samuel Johnson’s circle of friends. The staff are also very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
Written 23 February 2023
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SClond
London, UK57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Regrettably it appears I visited on a day when the receptionist who has been referred to by other reviewers as "dour", "icy", "unwelcoming", "unfriendly", "rude", "unpleasant" and "unhelpful" was on duty.

I found the museum rather drab and uninspiring save for an unusual enclosed window space that was intriguing. I would likely have enjoyed it more if I had not encountered the receptionist at the outset.

The contrast between this visit and my lovely visit yesterday to the Wimbledon museum could not be starker.
Written 3 February 2023
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Love and laughter 😍
London, UK660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Went here yesterday and absolutely loved it. The history is amazing as are the staff. There was also a complimentary lunchtime talk on Francis Barber which was so interesting. Strongly recommend!
Written 9 October 2022
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