Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum



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Dr Samuel Johnson, author of the famous English dictionary of 1755, lexicographer, poet, literary critic and biographer was born in this house in 1709. The birthplace now houses a museum dedicated to his extraordinary life, work and personality. Five floors of exhibits featuring period room settings, introductory film and personal items owned by Johnson, his family and his famous friends. Johnson's birthday is celebrated annually in September. Please see the website for special events.

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Breadmarket Street,LICHFIELD,WS13 6LG


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Large print text literature, induction loop system
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily Mar-Oct,10.30-4.30; Nov-Feb, 11-3.30. Closed 25-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About the area

Discover Staffordshire

It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.

In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.

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