Dr Johnson's House is a writer's house museum in London in the former home of the 18th-century English writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. The house is a Grade I listed building.
Built at the end of the seventeenth century by wool merchant Richard Gough, (died 1728) it is a rare example of a house of its era which survives in the City of London (this refers only to the 'Square Mile' of the City area, as there are many other houses of this period elsewhere in Greater London) and is the only one of Johnson's 18 residences in the City to survive. Four bays wide and five stories tall, it is located at No. 17, Gough Square, a small L-shaped court, now pedestrianised, in a tangle of ancient alleyways just to the north of Fleet Street.
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Edward Jones | Jun 3, 2018
Fanatastic house hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Fleet Street. There is loads of information in all the rooms and the house itself is amazing. I was only there for an hour as I went during lunch at work. But could have spent more time there.
Chester Wilson | Jun 27, 2018
An interesting and informative house to visit. It seemed in need of significant signposting- at least from Fleet Street. We used Google maps to locate it. Good guide cards available for a self guided tour of the house and helpful receptionists as well. Access for those who are less able is compromised by the house having steps and stairs, as part of its original fabric. Best accessed by walking from a train station or bus. A bus would get visitors closer.
Lm defelilo | Jun 27, 2018
I love this little hidden gem. They have one of the most interesting series of events. I have been to a theatrical performance by Palimpest on how Dr Johnson would hold salon with his peers. Last week I went to learn about the Bluestockings literary circle of women writers. They just bring history to life in the most incredible way.
Jason Archuleta | May 17, 2018
As a linguist and aspiring lexicographer, I was absolutely in my element at this amazing historic house in the centre of London. It is very easy to find and is off the main road enough to keep the bulk of the tourists away. Very special learning more about the "Father of the modern dictionary" and his personal life and Anglican devotion.
Mark Raymond | Mar 12, 2018
This is an excellent period house Museum. It has several floors with displays which cover Dr Johnsons life and work. Many of his books are on display. There are also period clothes which can be tried on and special events. Before visiting I suggest you check opening times because they do vary. Set aside a couple of hours to make the most of your visit. It is like stepping back in time.
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