Charles Dickens Birthplace (Portsmouth)
Charles Dickens Birthplace is in Portsmouth.
Many people tend to be surprised by this. It is often assumed that Dickens was born in London, and at least one otherwise useful reference book claims the city of his birth to have been Rochester.
Dickens was born in a house in Commercial Road, close to the modern City Centre, in 1812. His father was a clerk at the Royal Dockyard.
Dickens went on to write some of the best known novels in the English language, including "Bleak House", "A Christmas Carol", "David Copperfield", "Great Expectations", "The Old Curiosity Shop", "Oliver Twist", "The Pickwick Papers" and "A Tale of Two Cities".
The house is today occupied by the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum.