Information for Schools

There is a lot to see on your visit to the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum. Please see further down the page for information on the house.

Click here for our Autumn / Winter 2015 - 2016 Newsletter for Schools.

Booking a Group Visit

For all enquiries and group visits please telephone our admin team on 023 9283 4744 / 4737 (Monday - Friday) or click here to email us stating clearly your name, school contact details, number/age of children, which museum/exhibition/workshop you are interested in and your preferred dates/times. For a list of all admission charges click here.

Length of Stay and Group Sizes

Unless you have booked a led session the typical visit time is 20 - 30 minutes per 12-15 people. Because the house is very small, the maximum recommended number arriving in a group at any one time should not exceed 30. Classes will need to split into smaller groups of no more than 15 people so groups can take it in turns to go into the museum. A teacher/pupil ratio of at least 1:8 is essential. (When school groups are in the museum, the behaviour of the children or students is the responsibility of the teacher in charge).


Payment for the workshop is stated above. For self-guided visits no admission charge is made for UK schools booked in advance. Payment for other groups is made on the day of your visit. Cheques payable to 'Portsmouth City Council', Credit cards: MasterCard or Visa.


Charles Dickens was born in this house in 1812 and lived there for the first few months of his life. The house has been extensively restored and is decorated and furnished in the Regency style appropriate to his parents John and Elizabeth Dickens.

There are three furnished rooms: the parlour; the dining room and the bedroom where Charles was born. A small exhibition room shows a range of prints illustrating the works of Charles Dickens and a number of personal items are also on display, together with the couch on which he died. Information is available in 10 languages.

Wonder Boxes - the new-look loans collection from Portsmouth Museums

The first phase of our review of the Museum Loans Collection is complete and the first batch loan items, rebranded as Wonder Boxes, are available for use.

Our fabulous loans boxes are the perfect stimulus for creative work across the curriculum, including science, art & design, literacy and history.  Bring a little awe and wonder into your classroom with bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile specimens or skulls and skeletons.  Or bring the past to life with high quality model dinosaurs and original and replica artefacts illustrating life in Ancient Egypt.

Click here to download the latest edition of the illustrated Wonder Box Catalogue.

The catalogue lists all of the loans boxes currently available and explains how to book a box and the Terms and Conditions under which the loans scheme operates.  New boxes will be added to the catalogue as the review process continues.

National Curriculum  Links- a broad and balanced approach

The Museum is a versatile resource for creative work across the curriculum including English, history, Art & Design and Design & Technology.

We look forward to welcoming you at Charles Dickens' Birthplace soon. Call 023 9283 4744 / 4737 to make a booking.