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Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson's House is a charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic City of London.  Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the eighteenth century, compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language in the Garret.

Today, the House is open to the public with a collection relating to Johnson, a research library, restored interiors and a wealth of original features. Often described by visitors as a hidden gem, 17 Gough Square is a tranquil spot in the midst of the bustling City.

Dr Johnson's House

The House is open five days a week, from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 11am and 5pm. We are closed Sundays and Mondays.

Please note that we are closed from 1pm on 16th April and all day on 7th May.

We are delighted to be delivering a year of Lunchtime Lectures sponsored by the Fleet Street Quarter BID - free to attend. This will be running Jan - Dec 2024.  Click here for more information and to book.

News from the House

Exciting news: A new exhibition exploring how Johnson wrote his great Dictionary will open 13th June 2024!

What to join our team? We're recruiting!

Dictionary Corner

PALATE n.s. [palatum, Latin.]

1. The instrument of taste.
The vulgar boil, the learned roast an egg;
Hard task to hit the palate of such guests.

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