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,a folio copy of the 1755 'Dictionary' for you to leaf through, restored interiors and replica costumes to try on.

The four-storey building has retained many of its period features, which include historic panelling, a fine open staircase, wooden floorboards, a quirky cellarette cupboard, coal holes and even the original door handles. The eighteenth-century front door still has its historic anti-burglary devices intact, including a heavy chain with corkscrew latch and spiked iron bar over the fanlight. Visitors can enter all the rooms in the House and sit down on the chairs and window seats to soak up the atmosphere while discovering more about Johnson, his works, his circle of friends and life in18th-century London.

Often described by visitors as a hidden gem, 17 Gough Square is a tranquil spot in the midst of the bustling City.

What to see and do

  • Mull over Johnson's great Dictionary in the Garret where it was written
  • Take our new audio-visual tour and discover Johnson's fascinating life
  • Try on our Georgian costumes and explore with the family trail
  • Relax in the Library and soak up the tranquil atmosphere
  • Explore the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century architecture
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Opening information

Opening hours

October to April Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm
May to September Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5.30pm
Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Entrance information

Admission Prices

Adult £4.50
Conc. £3.50 (over 60, student or registered unemployed)
Child £1.50 (age 5 - 17)
Family £10 (two adults and accompanying children)
Under 5s are free

Please note that we cannot take payment by credit or debit card.

Dr Johnson's House is now a National Trust Partner #

National Trust members now receive a 50% discount on admission onpresentation of their valid membership card.
If you have forgotten your card today you will be asked to pay the full entrance charge. For more information please visit National Trust London & South East.

Please note there are many unavoidable stairs in the House.



  • Audio-visual tours (£)
  • Shop selling books and souvenirs
  • Children's guide and dressing up costumes (see our familiespage for more)
  • Toilets
  • Bags and coats can be left at reception. Please note that large bags are not permitted and must be left at reception.
  • Pushchairs cannot be taken through the House due to the number of steps, but can be left at reception. They may need to be folded at busy times. There are no baby-changing facilities.
  • There are no refreshments on sale, but there are many cafes and restaurants nearby.

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17 Gough Square
City of London
United Kingdom
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+44(0)207 353 3745

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