This weekend Charles Dickens’ birthplace, one of the city’s many museums, is open to local people free of charge.
Charles Dickens – Portsmouth’s most famous son – spent his early life in the city.
He was was born at 1 Mile End Terrace (now re-named 393 Old Commercial Road) on 7th February 1812 – the first married home of his parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, the city’s first heritage champion popped in to pay the museum on Old Commercial Road a visit.
“The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum is the perfect place to start exploring and experiencing the work of one of England’s most famous and best-loved writers.
Here you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the comfortable Regency home which would have greeted the new-born Dickens.
It was great to pop in to see this heritage asset in the heart of our city this weekend. I encourage others to do the same”.
As part of English Tourism Week, admission will be free to everyone until Sunday 2 April. The building, in Old Commercial Road, will be then open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm, until the end of September.