Welcome to 48 Doughty Street, the London home of Charles Dickens
We welcome you to the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury and to step back in time and walk in the footsteps of Charles Dickens. See where he wrote, where he dined, and where he and his wife Catherine entertained their many guests. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of his family home.
‘My house in town’, as Dickens referred to 48 Doughty Street, was an important place in the writer’s life: within these walls his eldest two daughters were born, his sister-in-law Mary died aged 17 and some of his best-loved novels were written, including Oliver Twist. It was in this house that he achieved lasting celebrity and universal recognition as one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
This is the only remaining house of Charles Dickens in London and the one in which he began married life, became established as a writer, and rose rapidly to international fame. The Museum houses the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of material relating to Charles Dickens with over 100,000 items including furniture, personal effects, paintings, prints, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and rare editions. A rolling programme of special exhibitions enhances and complements the Museum's permanent displays.
The Charles Dickens Museum was redeveloped in 2012 with a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund together with partnership support from a number of trusts, foundations and individual donors.