Carlyle's House

Important notice -

We're working hard to reopen many of our places where it is safe to do so. However Carlyle's House is currently closed.

The Chelsea home of a Victorian literary couple

Carlyle's House

Things to see and do

Carlyle's House


Bronze bas-relief plaque of Thomas Carlyle

Who was Thomas Carlyle? 

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was a writer and historian and the leading literary lion of the 1840s-50s. He was an immensely influential social commentator and shaped the way the Victorians thought about themselves. His wife Jane is now considered to be one of the best letter writers in the English language. The Victorian literati flocked to visit their home in Chelsea - Charles Dickens, Robert Browning, Tennyson, Elizabeth Gaskell and John Ruskin to name but a few.

Inspiring debate today...

Carlyle's House

Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Carlyle's House on the National Trust Collections website