Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

“Three recreated rooms in the house where the author was born in 1812.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Portsmouth, Hampshire

Assessed by
Visit England Logo
Book Direct

Our Inspector's view

Not far from Portsmouth Harbour you'll find Old Commercial Road, and the home where renowned author Charles Dickens was born in 1812. Inside, the rooms where Charles' parents lived have been recreated with furniture, ceramics, glass, household objects and decorations similar to those they would have owned. There are three furnished rooms: the parlour, the dining room and the bedroom where Charles was born. There's a display on Dickens and Portsmouth, as well as a small collection of memorabilia, including objects that once belonged to the author, and the couch on which he died.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum
393 Old Commercial Road, PORTSMOUTH, Hampshire, PO1 4QL


  • Suitable for children of all ages
Opening times
  • Opening Times: 10am to 4.30pm

About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

Why choose Rated Trips?

Your trusted guide to rated places across the UK
icon example
The best coverage

Discover more than 15,000 professionally rated places to stay, eat and visit from across the UK and Ireland.

icon example
Quality assured

Choose a place to stay safe in the knowledge that it has been expertly assessed by trained assessors.

icon example
Plan your next trip

Search by location or the type of place you're visiting to find your next ideal holiday experience.

icon example
Travel inspiration

Read our articles, city guides and recommended things to do for inspiration. We're here to help you explore the UK.