Dickens House Museum

Dickens House Museum celebrates Charles Dickens' long connection with Broadstairs (1837-1851). It is housed in the cottage that was Charles Dickens' inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. According to the reminiscences of Charles Dickens son Charley, they regularly had tea there with Miss Mary Pearson Strong, and her belief of her right to stop the passage of donkeys in front of her cottage became the donkey incident for the character of Betsey Trotwood.

The parlour, described by Dickens and illustrated by Phiz, will be known to readers of David Copperfield. The cupboard in the corner may be recognised as the "press" from which Miss Betsey produced the concoctions she gave poured down the throat of young David Copperfield.

Visitors will see items that once belonged to Charles Dickens including letters written about Broadstairs, his writing box and mahogany sideboard, along with a fine collection of prints by H K Browne (Phiz), one of Dickens' principal illustrators. There are also displays of Dickensian memorabilia, Victorian costumes and Victoriana, as well as a feature on "Our English Watering Place". It was in 1851 that Charles Dickens wrote this affectionate record of the town and its inhabitants. The museum is has a gift shop and is staffed by volunteers who are passionate about Charles Dickens and are happy to guide visitors around the unique house.

Opening Times

Opening Hours for 2017:
Good Friday 14 April to Sunday 11 June 1pm- 4.30pm
Saturday 17 June to Sunday 10 September 10am - 4.30pm
Monday 11 September to Tuesday 31st October 1pm- 4.30pm
November Weekends only 1pm - 4.30pm


  • Guided tours
  • Groups welcome
  • Coaches welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome