This summer, the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street puts on a series of special events celebrating the stories and characters created by one the world’s greatest ever authors and exploring life at the only surviving London home of Dickens and his family.
Twists & Turns
Oliver Twist is one of the most famous novels ever written, yet it was not entirely a work of fiction. Join the Museum for a Twists & Turns walking tour and discover the real-life events, happiness, tragedy, people and places that shaped the tale of an unlikely hero. Uncover the criminal underbelly of Victorian London, from the real site of Fagin’s den, to the remnants of London’s most shocking slums. An immersive tour bringing the book to life.
Dates: 28th August, 25th September at 11am. £12.
Evening tours of 48 Doughty Street
Experience the magic of Charles Dickens with an intimate guided tour of his home. Begin your evening with a complimentary glass of wine in our courtyard garden and café, before stepping back in time to experience the Georgian townhouse. Hear about Charles Dickens’s rise to fame, the lifestyle of early Victorians and pick up some family gossip along the way.
Dates: 24th August & 21st September at 6pm. Adult: £20; Concession – £15; Child (Under 16) – £15.
Pickwick’s Incredible Family Adventure
A day of adventures inspired by Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Play Victorian games, tackle the Pickwick Museum trail and finish with a goodie bag. Over three consecutive days in the summer holidays, the Family Adventure will send families back in time to discover what life was really like in Victorian England.
Dates: 17th, 18th & 19th August from 10am until 5pm. Adult: £13.50; Child: £12.50.
Quite the invitation, this…come and join the Museum as we dig through some Victorian ‘poo’. You’ll explore the Victorian diet, learn about how the rich and the poor ate different foods and once you’ve pondered all aspects of the ‘poo’, follow the new Toilet Trail (we’re so proud) around Dickens’s home to uncover the delightfully dreadful facts about how the Victorians kept clean and went to the loo! A wonderfully weird and fun family day.
Dates: 3rd August & 24th August. 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Adult: £15; Concession: £12; Child: £10
The Great Dickens Adventure
Charles Dickens is one of the most famous writers of all time, but while his stories are so well known, how much do we know about the man? Join us as we explore the London of Dickens’s day, uncovering the places and people who helped shape the great writer. Beginning at the Museum and ending at Fleet Street, you’ll be immersed in the past as you discover Dickens’s route to fame and find out how his early years shaped his best-loved books. Date: 20th August at 11am. £12
The Housemaid’s Tour
She’s a busy woman, but if you promise to be clean and tidy, she might let you in for a sneaky tour! Step back in time to 1838 and enjoy a tour of Charles Dickens’s London home led by his own housemaid. Hear tales of Victorian life and Dickens family gossip, with a healthy dose of dry wit. An intimate and atmospheric tour – groups are kept at no more than 15 people – showing how the Dickenses lived and worked in London.
Date: 18th September at 10am, 11am or 12 noon. £15 Adult £12 Conc £8 child
For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here
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