Dickens House Museum

*Thanet District Council has made the difficult decision that Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs will remain closed this season. This decision takes into consideration the current Government guidelines around social distancing, whilst prioritising the safety of visitors and the staff and volunteers who work there*

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. 

Opening Times

*Currently Closed*


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