Charles Dickens Birthplace

Charles Dickens was born at 1 Mile End Terrace — now renamed 393 Old Commercial Road — on 7th February 1812, the first married home of his parents John and Elizabeth Dickens. The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum offers an authentic atmosphere, giving visitors a glimpse at the Victorian lifestyle Dickens would have grown up with, and the Portsmouth surroundings which the iconic writer drew upon for stories like Nicholas Nickleby.

Entry is £4.20 for adults, £3.70 for senior citizens, £3.20 for unaccompanied children (under 18s), free for children when accompanied by adults, and £3.20 for students with valid ID. Cash, cards, and cheques are accepted.

Opening times are usually 10:00am to 5:00pm. The museum is closed until the end of March 2016, bar for Dickens’ birthday celebrations on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February.

About the Charles Dickens displays

The displays bring the birthplace to life, perfectly presenting the furnishings and style of the Dickens family.
A fully-furnished parlour, dining room and bedroom feature genuine Regency furniture and household items, allowing you to step into the world of the 19th century Dickens family. See exhibits belonging to the man himself, including personal possessions such as his snuff box and even the very couch on which he died.

*Portsmouth residents free of charge (proof of residence required).
If you live in postcode areas PO1 to PO6, please bring proof of address such as a driving licence, utilities bill etc. If you live in PO7 and are a Portsmouth resident, please bring a copy of your current Council Tax Bill.

Opening Times

10:00am — 5:30pm Daily



 393 Old Commercial Rd, Portsmouth PO1 4QL



Phone: 023 9282 7261