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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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18:00 - 21:00
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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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Not for everyone , but for those prepared to have an open mind and open soul then it's amazing .

We booked this online ,and had a scheduled time slot . for £15 and approx 45 mins this is not a cheap visit but oh my goodness it is like nothing I have experienced before . My... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 March 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

We booked this online ,and had a scheduled time slot . for £15 and approx 45 mins this is not a cheap visit but oh my goodness it is like nothing I have experienced before . My friend and I felt genuinely moved and affected by this beautiful experience, and actually were a bit disoriented when we came back out... More 

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Antioch, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Up-front I will say that I can neither recommend this experience nor can I NOT recommend it. I'm not really sure what I experienced. Read and glean what you can from the web site before you book this. If nothing else, it is extremely unique and challenging to your intellect. I guess I just don't have it. We went in... More 

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

We went here to try something that wasn't the ordinary historical house visit. It was very interesting and was certainly different from the norm. Although we did think that the £15 charge was slightly too expensive it would be somewhere I would recommend to others.

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Brighton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

I have long been curious about this experience of a living historic family house but it was not quite as I had imagined. The house was dark, appropriately enough but the family life and experience did not really come to life in any way. Would a wig really be dumped on the chair post? Where did the servant (s) sleep?... More 

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

What a treat. It happened to be a Monday morning when we were told it was open for an hour or so on a Monday lunchtime. We hi-tailed it down to Spitalfields, were first in the queue and before we knew it there was a long line behind us. Only ten at a time are admitted. Oh, what a delightful... More 

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Oundle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

This was a fantastic find to visit near to Spitalfields.Dimly light by candols and rooms taken back to 1700 and Georgian days.It appears that the people of the house have just popped out for a while. You just turn up and providing there is not a very long queue,10 people at a time are let in to wander round in... More 

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Hats off to Dennis Severs for preserving a wonderful window onto our past - should have stayed longer as there was so much to take in and I think we missed some of the sounds, subtle but very effective. A very different experience from other historical places.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

According to the blurb on the website, “It was Dennis Severs’ intention that as you enter his house it is as if you have passed through the surface of a painting, exploring with your senses and imagination a meticulously crafted 18th Century world”. It’s like the Marie Celeste……… the rooms feel as though the occupiers, the fictitious Jervis family, have... More 

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Dubendorf, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

off the beaten tourist track in London. This house's interior has been arranged to be a time travel to the 18th and 19th century. As you walk through the house in total silence, you are trying to think yourself back in time to become a part of the families who lived there.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

The house has been restored to its original state and is fantastic. It really is like stepping back in time. The decor is all typical of the period, they change the theme with the season. I was there before Christmas & the kitchen looked as though the cook had popped out whilst making mincemeat. There were lots of Christmas decorations... More 

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