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Dennis Severs' House

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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
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+44 20 7247 4013
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon 18:00 - 21:00
Wed 18:00 - 21:00
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Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life...

Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.

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This is an off the beaten path sort of place. It is a "living museum" of sorts. You walk through in silence and look at life as it was over 100 years ago. I only wish they had... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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New York
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an off the beaten path sort of place. It is a "living museum" of sorts. You walk through in silence and look at life as it was over 100 years ago. I only wish they had given us some sort of pre-briefing as to what we were about to experience. I suppose they thought we had done our... More 

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sunderland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not sure quite what to expect the house was so interesting and different. The experience of looking in silence was new and strange at first but there is so much to see, hear and smell. What an interesting off beat place. The "guide" was so knowledgeable about the house and area a trip worth taking........

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New York, NY
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it. The idea here is that you don't take the space in as a museum, but instead as a piece of art. Rather than looking at the specific objects as isolated pieces, the idea is that you take in a room, and imagine what the inhabitants of the room experienced. Using imagination to fill in blanks. There are sounds... More 

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Thank ntjvy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a total hidden gem! An amazing walk thru history in the form or a house, but with so much more life and imagination than a museum. A lived in house that provides sights, smells, and sounds as you walk thru. Such an utter delight! I cannot speak highly enough of this place. It's a short walk from the... More 

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Thank happyaustralis
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I liked the idea of this, but wasn't sure if the walking around in silence would make it a bit pretentious, but I needn't have worried, I really enjoyed it. It really is as if you have stepped through into a painting and the inhabitants have left the room just before you arrive. Really interesting to go around whether you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally visited Dennis Sever's House, been on my London list for ages. Loved it. Pity some of my fellow (unknowns) visitors could not understand the simple request for 'no talking' and had to be asked again. Every room is a great experience and a feast for the senses. Very very enjoyable, so glad finally got there

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Hounslow, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dennis Servers' House is a living work of art - you are invited into the canvas to take part the daily life of an 18th century family. It is a truly unforgettable experience which will leave you in awe and admiration of the incredible man who created it.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A truly exceptional experience, although I get the feeling you either "get it" or you don't. We were a group of five, including two children (aged 12 & 14, definitely NOT for younger children). We all really enjoyed it, and spent most of our dinner following it discussing the various ins and outs. To call it a museum is wrong,... More 

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Pershore, UK
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this museum fourteen years ago and the magic of it has never left me. I was so pleased to have a return visit and to find that it was just as brilliant as I remembered. The opening times are limited so do check first. It is a place to be viewed in silence. Photography and mobile phones are... More 

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Thank Sue J
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We reserved our 2 spots online before we left for London.....a quiet, organized self-tour through a lovingly preserved home....all the touches of real people having lived there....church bells, bread crusts, half cups of tea or wine....eyeglasses left on a bible....well worn creaky floors....reminders to not chatter away...be silent and think about a family long ago....left me wanting to do more... More 

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