Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum
If you wanted proof that Charles Dickens is one of our most celebrated writers then you need look no further than the amount of coverage his 200th birthday is receiving – several months before the event!
If you want to explore the writer then you need look no further than Oliver Twist, Bleak House, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol etc. However, if you want to know the man, then where better to start then his birthplace…
Charles Dickens was born in a modest house in Portsmouth in 1812, where he lived for the first three years of his life. The house now stands as a museum to the writer with its 19th century interior now faithfully restored. You can explore three furnished rooms in the house: the parlour, the dining room and the bedroom where Charles was born. On the first Sunday of each month (until September), you can visit and hear a reading by the Dickens’ Fellowship from a selection of some of the writer’s works.
The Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum is only open until the beginning of October, so if you want to pay a visit before Charles turns 200, you’d better be quick!
The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is arguably the most stunning regal residence in the world. However, for millions of visitors who flock there each year it remains an untouchable monument to stand in front of and take pictures. But get there before the 4 October and you can see more of the workings of the palace – not to mention a few welcome surprises – by taking a tour of the State Rooms.
The State Rooms are where HRH does most of her entertaining when she’s in residence. But as she’s still enjoying her holidays in Scotland, you can have a nosey in her absence! Expect to see a wonderful array of items, including paintings by ‘Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture.’
There’s also a ‘Royal Fabergé’ exhibition and the chance to get a close look at The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Both exhibitions close with the palace on 3 October!
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