Shakespeare in the 18th century: Johnson, Garrick and friends

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.

Forthcoming Events

Curators' Tour of Exhibition (FREE with admission)
Every Saturday, 2pm (except 10 October)
Discover the interesting stories behind items on temporary display in a tour of the current exhibition.

Museums at Night: Late-Night Opening
Friday 30 October, 5 - 8pm
Visit 17 Gough Square afterhours for your chance to see our displays and current exhibition by twilight.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 7 October, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide


Winter Opening Hours
We will be open 11am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday, from Thursday 1 October onwards.

Dictionary Corner

BARD. n.s. [bardd, Welsh.]
A poet.

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