Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum


Discover the life and times of Samuel Johnson, the great man of letters famous for writing ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’ in 1755. Explore an atmospheric historic house, including period room settings, introductory film, interactive exhibits and fun for families. The house tells the story of the colourful life and major achievements of Lichfield's most famous son from troubled childhood, through literary obscurity and financial poverty, to world renown and success.

A range of events and activities is held throughout the year, and book-lovers can browse the well-stocked Johnson family bookshop.


Getting here and parking

Parking Facilities

  • No dedicated parking


Opening Times

Winter opening hours -1 November - 28 February, 11.00am-3.30pm, Summer opening hours -1 March - 31 October, 10.30am - 4.30pm


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shop(s) on site


Free entry


How many steps (if any) does the entrance have


Access, lifts and ramps

  • Some areas can only be reached using staircases

Services for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues

  • Seating is provided at regular intervals for visitors with limited mobility

Children and Babies

  • Children and babies welcome

Services for the hearing impaired

  • Hearing loop is available in key places
  • There a visual alarm system

Services for the visually impaired

  • Guide dogs allowed
  • Clear surfaces such as glass doors have contrast markings on them
  • There is good contrast between the floor and walls
  • There is clear signage throughout the attraction (i.e. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc)
  • The lighting is effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors
  • Clear surfaces, such as glass doors, have contrast markings on them
  • There is an audible alarm system

Additional information

  • No dogs (except guide dogs)
  • No smoking throughout