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 to Dickens House Museum 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 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 2019:
Good Friday 19th April to Saturday 15th June daily 1pm- 4.30pm
Sunday 16th June to Saturday 31st August daily 10am - 4.30pm
Sunday 1st September to Sunday 27th October daily 1pm- 4.30pm
November Weekends only 1pm - 4.30pm
Closed December - Good Friday 2020


2 Victoria Parade
CT10 1QS

Entry Price

Adults: £3.75
Children: £2.20
Concessions: £2.50
Groups: £2.10 under 16's, £3.20 adults
Child age range: 0-16
Concessions entry qualification: Groups
Min visitors per group: 10