Dr. Johnson’s House opening times and ticket price
Dr. Johnson’s House is open to the public from: 11 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sat, Oct-Apr); 11 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Sat, May-Sep); Closed (Sun)
A typical visit to Dr. Johnson’s House lasts 1 hour (approx)
The entry price for Dr. Johnson’s House is: Adult price £4.50; Child cost £1.50 (5-17); Infants free entry (under-5); Family ticket £10.00
Visiting hours and admission charges are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm entrance fees and whether it’s open to visitors before booking tickets and making plans to visit Dr. Johnson’s House
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A perfectly preserved Georgian townhouse detailing the life and times of Dr. Samuel Johnson, who lived there between 1748 and 1759.
The house is hidden in a maze of alleys and courtyards, behind the busy thoroughfare of Fleet Street. It is one of the few remaining 18th-century residential dwellings still surviving in the City.
Samuel Johnson’s dictionary
Samuel Johnson was a writer, wit and raconteur. He is famous for a multitude of memorable quotes – and perhaps the most famous London quote of all: If a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. For there is in London all that life can afford. He also tried his hand at journalism, and reported on numerous parliamentary sittings.
He is perhaps best remembered for writing the world’s first English dictionary. It took him years to write, and came out in 1755. You can view a valuable first edition copy inside the house.
It is often mistakenly described as the first dictionary in history, but he was actually beaten by the French and Italians years before. It was, however, far and away the best of its kind – and remained so until the OED came out one hundred and fifty years later.
It contains definitions for almost 40,000 words, and is illustrated with 114,000 quotations. Some of them are quite funny: Patron: One who countenances, supports, or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is repaid with flattery.
Dr. Johnson's townhouse
Dr. Johnson’s house is decorated much as it would have been during his ten-year tenure, and the walls are lined with paintings of his associates. There is also a short video presentation outlining his life and times, and a wardrobe filled with Georgian fashions.
AliBell – “If you are already a fan of samuel johnson then you will love this. We went on one of the walks that run from the house and I highly recommend doing that at the same time, as you get an insight into his life around town as well -- taking in everything from fleet street to his local pub the cheshire cheese! -- Which still seems to have the same Decor as when he drank there. The house is beautifuly preserved in the same style that it would have appeared when he lived there, with 18th-century furnishings, and is situated in a lovely quiet courtyard off fleet street.”
TomK – “I got dragged along by my wife who likes all the georgian stuff. It was a bit stuffy and boring for people who aren't into it but it was interesting to see how an old house looked, I suppose. But that's all it is, really -- it's a just an old house Decked out in the style of how they lived back whenever it was he lived. You may as well just spend an afternoon round your great grandmothers house. At least you get a cup of tea then. And there are some displays and books around that he had, which are just as boring. The only thing that made it worthwhile for me was the pub down the lane that he went to called the cheshire cheese. That is Decked out in the old style that he was used to as well, but the big advantage that that place had was that it sold beer!.”