Dickens House Museum is re-opened!

Dickens House Museum re-opened for the season on Good Friday, 29th March. It is wonderful that the doors to this historic house are open and welcoming visitors once more.


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Photo credits – Tourism at Thanet District Council

The museum celebrates Charles Dickens’ long connection with Broadstairs (1837-1851). Visitors to Dickens House Museum will see the parlour where Dickens took tea with Miss Mary Pearson Strong, whom he based much of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield on.

Also on display are 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.

Walk in Dickens’ footsteps, with the Dickens Town Trail created to mark the museum’s 50th anniversary last year. The trail highlights places where Dickens and his family stayed when visiting the town for their holidays, the much-loved stories he wrote whilst here, along with photos showing how the town would have looked at this time.

Dickens House is an imperative part of the town and one of the many jewels in Broadstairs’ crown. The museum is staffed by volunteers, who are passionate about Charles Dickens and happy to guide visitors around the unique house. The museum also has a wonderful gift shop stocked full of Dickens and Victorian related gifts, homewares, children’s toys and books.

We can’t wait to welcome you!


Opening Times

Friday 29th March – Sunday 3rd November

Wednesdays – Sundays 1:00pm-4:30pm – Last entry 4:00pm


Interested in being a Volunteer?

By volunteering at this historic site you will be helping visitors to discover Charles Dickens’ love of Broadstairs. Your warm welcome and friendly approach will help visitors enjoy their experience and may encourage them to explore more of Broadstairs and the surrounding areas.

Volunteering is not only rewarding but also enjoyable and a great way to socialise and meet new people.

Full support and training will be provided by the Visitor Manager. If you are interested please contact [email protected]

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