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Holiday type Art, history & culture
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £329
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Charles Dickens tour: London and Kent

This weekend tour will focus on the two major areas of inspiration for the nineteenth century's greatest novelist Charles Dickens - London where he spent much of his childhood and based many of his stories, and Kent where he lived as both a boy and his final home at Gads Hill Place. The tour will include a chance to visit the Foundling museum and the newly refurbished Charles Dickens museum at 48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, where Charles and Catherine Dickens with their young children lived from 1837 to 1839. Another area of London with important connections to Dickens is Borough, south of the Thames, where a 12 year old Charles Dickens visited his father in 1824 at the the Marshalsea prison, as well as the nearby Church of St George the Martyr. Both of these locations appear in his novel Little Dorrit (1855-7).

Your host will be Dr. Tony Williams who was Joint General Secretary of the International Dickens Fellowship and a Trustee of the Charles Dickens museum in London. He is Associate Editor of magazine The Dickensian and organises the London programme of events for the Dickens Fellowships, as well as being a frequent speaker on Dickensian topics both in the UK and overseas.

Special Event Highlights: Talks by expert Dr Tony Williams, Associate Editor of The Dickensian and trustee of the Charles Dickens museum Newly re-opened Dickens House on Doughty Street Foundling museum which tells the story of London's orphans Private visit to Gads Hill Place, his final home Rochester and other sites featured in his novels


  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Hilton Dartford Bridge, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room Welcome reception
  • First night dinner with wine at the hotel
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, admissions, guided tours
  • One light lunch
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on half board basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Welcome reception and dinner with wine followed by an illustrated introductory talk by Dr Tony Williams "That magic Lantern" and "The birthplace of his fancy: Dickens in London and Kent".

Day two

The first visit of the day is to the London Dickens museum, Dickens' home from 1837-9, which was rescued from demolition in 1925 by the Dickens Fellowship and reopening in December 2012 after a major refurbishment. This house played an important part in Dickens' life, two of his daughters were born here, his sister-in-law Mary died aged just 17 and some of his best-loved novels were written here including Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. Next you will visit the nearby Foundling museum and see the hospital collection, which tells the story of the Foundling Hospital founded by Sir Thomas Coram and supported by Dickens, which poignantly tells the story of London's abandoned children. A snack lunch (included) will be provided here. After lunch we visit the site of the Marshalsea debtors' prison, (where his father was imprisoned in 1824) near Borough High Street and visit the Church of St George the Martyr close by. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day two

A guided tour of Gads Hill Place, Dickens' much loved home in Higham, (that he coveted as a boy), where he wrote A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend and the unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Then onto the Hoo peninsular and a visit to St James' church at Cooling, the 'marsh country' of Great Expectations. After lunch (not included) you will visit Rochester and see Dickens-related sights such as the Guildhall museum, which appears as the town hall in Great Expectations. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
Hilton Dartford Bridge

The four-star Hilton Dartford Bridge hotel is ideally located for the visits on this tour and offers a restaurant, bar and lounge, fitness centre, indoor pool and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning and hairdryer.
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