Visit the house where life began for one of the world's most esteemed authors, Charles Dickens, who played an instrumental role in raising awareness of poverty-stricken 19th century England. It's conveniently located close to a great selection of hotels ranging from luxury establishments to value-for-money bed and breakfasts.
About the Charles Dickens Birthplace
Near the heart of bustling Portsmouth, the Charles Dickens' Birthplace museum comprises an attractive terraced Regency house where the author and social critic was born on February 7th 1812. Inside you can observe many interesting artefacts illustrating his incredible literary life and his role as a key social campaigner, and attend readings of the first Sunday of every month from April to September.
A Few Interesting Facts About Charles Dickens
Despite being widely referred to as a Victorian author, Dickens' first published novel, The Pickwick Papers, was actually published in 1836, just before Queen Victorian's coronation. He was renowned for his exceptional ability that enabled him to create and build characters, modelled on real-life people, with remarkable accuracy. He was also had a great interest in paranormal activity and hypnotism, and published A Christmas Carol (1843) in the same year that Victorians began to send Christmas cards.
Go On a Guided Tour
Under the expert eye of an experienced tour guide, you can learn more about the home of Dickens' family, discover where they worked, and see 'A Study in Sherlock' exhibition at the nearby Portsmouth Museum. This tour, which also gives you the opportunity to see the historic Victory Gate and Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, takes place on several dates throughout the year and can easily be booked in advance.
Where to Stay near Charles Dickens' Birthplace
For stylish, affordable accommodation, you could try the Portsmouth City Centre Premier Inn, which is very close to Guildhall Square and its full-sized Charles Dickens statue that was unveiled in 2014. Also close by is the affordable Ibis Portsmouth Centre hotel near the University of Portsmouth campus, and the immaculate Portsmouth Marriott Hotel near Port Solent. Wherever you stay near the Charles Dickens' Birthplace museum, you will benefit from excellent hospitality and comfortable, spacious rooms.