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Charles Dickens was born at 1 Mile End Terrace — now renamed 393 Old Commercial Road — on 7th February 1812, the first married home of his parents John and Elizabeth Dickens. The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum offers an authentic atmosphere, giving visitors a glimpse at the Victorian lifestyle Dickens would have grown up with, and the Portsmouth surroundings which the iconic writer drew upon for stories like Nicholas Nickleby.

Entry is £4.20 for adults, £3.70 for senior citizens, £3.20 for unaccompanied children (under 18s), free for children when accompanied by adults, and £3.20 for students with valid ID. Cash, cards, and cheques are accepted.

Opening times are usually 10:00am to 5:00pm. The museum is closed until the end of March 2016, bar for Dickens’ birthday celebrations on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February.