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Dr Johnsons House

Offer valid from: 2013-05-01Offer valid to: 2017-10-31

2FOR1 Admission: £6
OFFER TIMES: Monday - Saturday 11.00-17.00
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

Visit this charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic City of London. Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the eighteenth century, compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language in the Garret.

Today, the House is open to the public with a collection relating to Johnson. Often described by visitors as a hidden gem, 17 Gough Square is a tranquil spot in the midst of the bustling City and offers visitors a research library with regular exhibits, restored interiors and a wealth of original features, including unique panelled doors, an open staircase and even Georgian anti-burglary devices!

You can explore how life was for Johnson and his housemates in this 'difficult and noisy household' while experiencing Georgian fashion with our authentic adults' and children's costumes.

Admission: £6.00
Opening times:


Monday - Saturday 11.00-17.00

Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.

Phone number: 0207 353 3745

Days out information: Click here
  • Is free: No
  • Has disability access: Yes
  • Has discounts for families: No
  • Has discounts for groups: No