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“A charming little piece of history”

Dr. Johnson's House
Ranked #198 of 1,815 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 23 February 2012

This is the house that Samuel Johnson lived in while working on his great Dictionary. It is devoted to displays of portraits and items associated with the Doctor, no special efforts to recreate the furniture or domestic goods as it would have been as a dwelling, but the building itself has been restored to its condition at the time. Displays emphasise the range of his acquaintanceship. Aimed at those who are already know something of his life and work.

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Reviewed 3 February 2012

A nice house to visit located in Gough Square. Admission price was £4.50 for adults, and that was money well spent. Luckily the house is not that well known with hoardes of tourists so it is a delight to walk around take some photos and soak up the history.
In each room there is an information sheet about the contents and the subjects of the paintings.
Most people would have heard Dr Johnson's famous quote "When a man is tired of London he is tired of life". It is stated on their website that he is the second most quoted Englishman behind Shakespeare.
It was amusing to read his dictionarys on display on the top floor which show his sense of humour.
At the other end of Gough square there is a monument to his cat Hodge.
Do yourself a favour and visit this sight for an enjoyable history lesson.

4  Thank SG1974
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

This is a fascinating museum, and it's a treat to stand in the house in which the great man lived and worked. But what makes it even better is the fact that visitors are free to wander around at will, and to take photos. There are interesting memorabilia and good printed information in each of the rooms. You can sit in the window seats and soak up the atmosphere and imagine the old genius at home and at work.

4  Thank profecto
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

Beyond the fact he wrote a dictionary, this house gives an interesting view of life in the past. Video to watch s well as self-guided tour. Interesting area of London. Take a map - you will need it. Don't miss the way the front door was secured at night.

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Reviewed 8 October 2011

what an excellent place to see and try and recapture what this magnificent house used to look like.the house had a lovely atmosphere to it and seemed very calming. it was lovely just to walk around and think what things would have been like in dr johnson's days. upstairs there is a dressing up box where children can dress up in period costumes was quite funny seeing what the children would have looked like all those years ago. there is a small admission charge but it is worth it to keep this lovely house alive. there is also a little shop selling souveniors of the dr's work. a great place to see if you like abit of history with a difference.

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