Dickens House Museum
*Thanet District Council has made the difficult decision that Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs will remain closed this season. This decision takes into consideration the current Government guidelines around social distancing, whilst prioritising the safety of visitors and the staff and volunteers who work there*
Dickens House Museum, in Broadstairs celebrates Charles Dickens' long connection with the town (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
Learn more about Charles Dickens on a digital discovery
2020 marks 150th years since the death of Charles Dickens
Opening hours for 2020 (last entry 4pm)
Good Friday 10th April - Sunday 21st June daily 1pm-4.30pm
Monday 22nd June - Saturday 29th August daily 10am-4.30pm
Sunday 30th August - Saturday 31st October daily 1pm-4.30pm
November weekends only 1pm-4pm
Closed December to Good Friday 2021
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Groups (10-25 people): £2.20 under 16's/student, £3.20 adults