Charles Dickens Museum
Amongst the high-rise buildings and main roads of Portsmouth, one suddenly comes into a quiet, secluded and peaceful area of victorian and regency buildings, Old Commercial Road. Charles Dickens was born here 7th February 1812.

When Charles was born, Britain's Navy was still at war with Napoleonic France and Charles's father, John Dickens worked as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office.

This was his parents first home and they were to remain in Portsmouth until the winter of 1814 when his father was recalled to London. Charles later remembered that when they left the town it was covered in snow. Charles Dickens returned several times to Portsmouth during his lifetime, he also spent time here doing research for his book Nicholas Nickleby.

The furnishings have been re-created in a style which Charles's parents would have favoured, 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. There is a small collection of memorabilia including the couch on which he died at his house in Kent, also his snuff box, inkwell and paper knife.

Mid April to September
Tues to Sun, 10am - 5.30pm and Bank Holiday Mondays
Free entry for under 18s if accompanied by a full paying adult (Max 2)
393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth PO1 4QL
Tel:023 9282 6722
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Sketches by Boz 1836
Pickwick Papers 1837
Oliver Twist 1838
Nicholas Nickleby 1840
Old Curiosity Shop 1841
Barnaby Rudge 1842
American Notes 1843
Martin Chuzzlewit 1843
A Christmas Carol 1844
The Chimes 1845
Cricket on the Hearth 1846
Dombey and Son 1849
David Copperfield 1852
Bleak House 1854
Hard Times 1855
Little Dorrit 1859
A Tale of Two Cities 1861
Great Expectations 1864
Our Mutual Friend 1870
Portsmouth & Southsea railway station is within walking distance. Coming into Portsmouth by car at the end of the M275 turn left at the roundabout and take left turnings to Victoria Street and then into Old Commercial Road.
There is a small car park in the same road as the museum. As you come down Victoria Street into Old Commercial Road turn left and there is a small pay and display car park at the end of the road Streetmap
No tearoom
Not wheelchair accessible
Charles Dickens Museum
Charles Dickens birthplace