Dickens’ birthplace open to all

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.

He said: 

“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.