48 Doughty Street: The Charles Dickens Museum

When hunting for places to visit with my mum on her visit last month, I stumbled across 48 Doughty Street: The Charles Dickens Museum.

This Georgian terrace is one of Dickens' old London homes, and is laid out to reflect what it would have looked like during his time living there. Covering 4 floors, it was full of fascinating little insights and facts into this particular period of Dickens' life.

I absolutely love visiting homes of historic figures as it's such an interesting way to immerse yourself in the context in which they were living. The small details made all the difference, and the little guide book contained facts both about the period and about Dickens' life and works.

The museum also contains an exhibition about the making of BBC series Dickensian, and the costumes from the series are displayed in the rooms of the house. This provided a unique blend of a 'museum' house tour and a look at how a TV series was devised and made, from start to finish. It reminded us just how relevant and popular Dickens' works and characters still are, today.

Situated only a 5-10 minute walk from Holborn station, the Charles Dickens museum couldn't be much easier to get to, and is a real hidden gem - I certainly had no idea it existed. An adult ticket was £9, and there is also a tea room if you need to re-fuel during your visit.

This afternoon trip was a great addition to our day out, and one to consider if you're into literature or history. Having both studied English Literature at university, it reminded mum and me of lots of little Dickensian details we had forgotten, or filled in the blanks of what we had not previously known.

I've not yet come across anyone else who has visited, so do let me know what you thought if you have!


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