Charles Dickens Birthplace MuseumOn 7 February 1812, the wife of John Dickens, a navy pay clerk, gave birth to a son at 1 Mile End Terrace, Commercial Road, Portsmouth. The son, Charles Dickens, was destined to become one of the most widely read writers in the English language. The Dickens family moved six months after Charles's birth, and in 1901 the road was renumbered and the house became No. 393 Commercial Road. The house was turned into the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, and contains personal relics of Dickens, including the couch on which he died and his inkwell. There is also an extensive library of his works, including several first editions. The parlour, dining room and bedroom where he was born are furnished in the style of the early 19th century.

Charles Dickens died in 1870 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

For more information, including opening times and admission prices, see the website of the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum.

You may also be interested in seeing the world's most important collection of Dickens artefacts at the townhouse where he lived in London, the site of the Charles Dickens Museum.