Dickens House Museum

*Please be aware the museum is closed until further notice*

Dickens House Museum celebrates Charles Dickens' long connection with Broadstairs (1837-1851). It is housed in the cottage that was Charles Dickens' inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. According to the reminiscences of Charles Dickens' son Charley, they regularly had tea there with Miss Mary Pearson Strong, and her belief of her right to stop the passage of donkeys in front of her cottage became the donkey incident for the character of Betsey Trotwood.

Visitors will see items that once belonged to Charles Dickens including letters written about Broadstairs, his writing box and mahogany sideboard, along with a fine collection of prints by H K Browne (Phiz), one of Dickens' principal illustrators. There are also displays of Dickensian memorabilia, Victorian costumes and Victoriana, as well as a feature on "Our English Watering Place".

It was in 1851 that Charles Dickens wrote this affectionate record of the town and its inhabitants. 

For general enquiries ring 01843 861232 or for Group enquiries ring 01843 577577

Opening Times

Opening hours for 2020 (last entry 4pm)
Good Friday 10th April - Sunday 21st June daily 1pm-4.30pm
Monday 22nd June - Saturday 29th August daily 10am-4.30pm
Sunday 30th August - Saturday 31st October daily 1pm-4.30pm
November weekends only 1pm-4pm
Closed December to Good Friday 2021


Dickens House Museum
2 Victoria Parade
CT10 1QS

Entry Price

Adults: £3.75
Children: £2.20
Student: £2.50
Family: £10
Groups (10-25 people): £2.20 under 16's/student, £3.20 adults