Visitor Information for Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum

Portsmouth City Council is currently scaling back to only the business-critical operations in light of the latest guidelines around the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. As such, the Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum will be closed until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience.


The museum's address is:
Charles Dickens Birthplace
393 Old Commercial Road

The museum is now closed until April 2020. It will re-open 3 April, 10am-5.30pm, Fridays to Sundays.

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, there may be rare occasions when we cannot open the museum as advertised. If you are making a special journey please check before visiting.

Trained Assistance dogs welcome.

2020 Admission prices
Adult: £4.40
Senior Citizen: £3.90
Unaccompanied child (aged 13-18): £3.40
Students: £3.40
Under 18s: Free when accompanied by a paying adult. Children aged under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Portsmouth residents free of charge (proof of residence required).
If you live in postcode areas PO1 to PO6, please bring proof of address such as a driving licence, utilities bill etc.
If you live in PO7 and are a Portsmouth resident, please bring a copy of your current Council Tax Bill.

We do not have an online ticketing system at present but we do accept all major payment cards, cash or cheques at the museum. Advance booking is not required, just buy your tickets on the day.


The museum has a well-stocked shop selling a wide and varied range of souvenirs, gifts, china and books, including all major works by Charles Dickens and biographies of this famous author.

Group visits

Groups are welcome to visit the Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum but please book in advance by emailing The size and setup of the house means groups of no more than 20 people can be admitted at any one time. Larger parties can split into smaller groups to enjoy the museum in turn. Please note group charges apply and the free tickets for under 18s does not include group visits.