Charles Dickens Trail.

Explore over 250 places that the Victorian author Charles Dickens visited or influenced him during his lifetime in our Dickens Trail. Click on a location to discover more.

 

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Alphington, Devon. Dickens rented a cottage here, then a village just outside of Exeter, for his parents.
Australia: New South Wales.

In Great Expectations the convict Magwitch is transported to New South Wales, Australia where he becomes a wealthy sheep farmer.

Barnard Castle, County Durham.

Charles Dickens and his illustrator Hablot Browne (Phiz) stayed in Barnard Castle while researching his novel Nicholas Nickleby in the winter of 1837-38.

Belfast.

Charles Dickens visited this northern Irish city on three different occassions, in 1858, 1867 and in 1869.

Birmingham: Birmingham and Midland Institute.

Dickens raised money for the Birmingham and Midland Institute.

Birmingham: Town Hall.

Dickens gave his first public reading of A Christmas Carol here to raise funds for the BMI.

Blundeston, Suffolk.

This Suffolk village was the inspiration for Blundestone, birthplace of David Copperfield.

Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.

Charles Dickens holidayed here in the Summer of 1849

Boston: Tremont Temple.

Charles Dickens gave a number of readings in 1867 and 1868 here.

Bowes Academy, County Durham.

The school, Bowes Academy, was said to be the basis for Dickens's depiction of Dotheboys Hall in Nicholas Nickleby.

Broadstairs, Kent.

Seaside resort first visited by Dickens in 1837. The town has the Charles Dickens House museum and an annual Dickens festival.

Carrickfergus.

Whilst staying at Belfast in August 1858, Charles Dickens took a long walk to the coastal town of Carrickfergus and back.

Chatham: St. Marys Place.

The Dickens family lived at St. Marys Place, The Brook, Chatham from 1821-1822.

Chatham: William Giles School

In 1821 Charles Dickens started his formal education in Chatham at a school next door to the family home.

Cheltenham.

Dickens gave a performance here in January 1869 as part of a nationwide reading tour.

Chertsey

In the novel Oliver Twist, Bill Sikes takes Oliver to Chertsey and leaves him there after Oliver fails in his robbery attempt.

Cobham: The Leather Bottle.

Pub frequented by Charles Dickens and featured in The Pickwick Papers.

Condette, France

Dickens and Ellen Ternan spent time in a rented farmhouse in this French village just outside of Boulogne.

Cooling, Kent.

The bleak marshes of the North Kent Coast here provided Charles Dickens with inspiration for the opening chapters of Great Expectations.

Cork, Ireland.

Dickens visited Cork as part of his reading tour of Ireland in the Summer of 1858.

Coventry: Castle Inn.

In December 1858 Charles Dickens was entertained to dinner at the Castle Inn Hotel, Coventry.

Dover, Kent.

Dover has a strong association with Charles Dickens. Dickens is known have had extended stays there at least twice and he often visited the town when travelling to and from the Continent.

Dover: Apollonian Hall.

Charles Dickens gave a reading on 5 November 1861 at the Apollonian Hall, Snargate Street, Dover.

Dover: Beach.

In the novel A Tale of Two Cities, Mr Lorry goes for a stroll on the beach at Dover, which was a desert of heaps of sea and stones tumbling wildly about.

Dover: Camden Cresent.

Charles Dickens resided at 10 Camden Crescent over the Summer of 1852.

Dover: Market Square.

In the north-eastern corner of Market Square in Dover is the site of the bakers, Igglesden and Graves, whose shop is mentioned in the novel David Copperfield.

Dublin, Ireland.

Dickens visited Dublin as part of his reading tour of Ireland in the Summer of 1858.

Epsom Racecource. When the convict Abel Magwitch returns to England, Pip finds lodgings in Essex Street under a false name.
Exeter: New London Inn.

Dickens stayed at this former Exeter city centre tavern.

Exeter: Turks Head.

Tavern frequented by Dickens when he visited Exeter.

Folkestone, Kent.

Dickens is known to have walked to Folkestone and back a number of times when he stayed at Dover.

Gads Hill, Kent. Dickens lived at Gads Hill in the last decade of his life.
Grantham.

In 1838, Charles Dickens stayed at the George Hotel in Grantham and mentioned it in the novel Nicholas Nickleby,

Gravesend: Wates Hotel.

In April 1857, Dickens stays for several days at Wate's Hotel, Gravesend, while renovations are bring done to his new hme at Gad's Hill.

Greta Bridge, County Durham.

Charles Dickens came to Greta Bridge in 1838 and used the loaction as the site of Dotheboys School in Nicholas Nickleby, published the follwoing year.

Hampton Race Course The racecourse at Hampton was featured by Dickens in the novel Nicholas Nickleby.
Hampton.

In the novel Oliver Twist, Bill Sikes and Oliver briefly rest for a while a Hampton pub on their way to a burglary at Chertsey.

Holyhead.

Dickens travelled by ferry from this Welsh port to Dublin on his tours of Ireland.

Kenilworth Castle.

Dickens visited Kenilworth Castle on 30 October 1838.

Landport: Mile End Terrace.

13 Mile End Terrace was the first married home of his parents, John and Elizabeth and birthplace of Charles Dickens.

Landport: St. Marys Church.

Charles Dickens was christened here in March 1812.

Leamington Spa. In 1838, Charles Dickens stopped off at Leamington Spa, where he was able to visit the local castles at Kenilworth and Warwick.
Limerick, Ireland.

Dickens visited Limerick as part of his reading tour of Ireland in the Summer of 1858.

Liverpool: Adelphi Hotel.

Charles Dickens stayed at the Adelphi Hotel a number of times.

Liverpool: Brownlow Hill Workhouse.

Charles Dickens visited injured soldiers here in March 1860 for an article he wrote.

Liverpool: Philharmonic Hall.

Charles Dickens made a number of readings at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

London: Adelphi Theatre.

Aledphi Theatre staged a number of Dickens works including his first adaptation in 1834.

London: Albion Tavern.

Dickens celebrated the completion of Nicholas Nickleby with his publishers at this popular dinner venue.

London: Aldgate Pump, Aldgate.

Several passing references are made in Dickens works to this historic monument at Aldgate and in Dombey and Son, Mr. Toots took a walk to it and back again for relaxation.

London: All Year Round Offices.

Offices of the Dickens periodical All The Year Round in Covent Garden.

London: Ampthill Square.

In March 1859, Charles Dickens rented a home in Ampthill Square for his then secret young lover, the actress Ellen Ternan. She moved here with her mother Francis, who was an actress, and two sisters.

London: Arts Club.

Charles Dickens was amongst the founders that set up this London private members club.

London: Astleys Ampitheatre.

Dickens enjoyed and wrote about this popular entertainment venue.

London: Athenaeum Club.

In 1838, Dickens was elected a member of the Athenaeum club, joining leading writers, artists, scholars and statesmen amongst its members.

London: Balls Pond.

Perch, a messenger at the firm of Dombey and Son lives with his wife in Ball's Pond, a suburb of London now part of Islington.

London: Barnards Inn.

In Great Expectations the character Pip lodges in Barnard's Inn following his arrival in London.

London: Bentinck Street.

In January 1833, the Dickens family moved to 18 Bentinck Street, London.

London: Berners Street.

In September 1858, Charles Dickens rented 31 Berners Street as a home for his then secret young lover, the actress Ellen Ternan. She moved here with her mother Francis, who was an actress, and two sisters.

London: Blue Boar, Whitechapel.

David Copperfield stops at this noted Whitechapel coaching inn on his memorable journey from Great Yarmouth. It used to stand at 30 Aldgate High Street.

London: Boswell Court.

In his sketch The Steam Excursion, Mr. Loggins is a solicitor based at Boswell Court.

London: Britannia Theatre, Hoxton.

Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor to this large Hoxton venue.

London: Bull Inn, Whitechapel.

Bull Inn Yard at 25 Aldgate High Street was the location of this famous Whitechapel coaching inn featured in The Pickwick Papers. It was demolished at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

London: Canning Town.

Charles Dickens visited the Canning Town area in 1857 and wrote about the squalid conditions there.

London: Cavendish Square.

In Little Dorrit, Dickens set the home of the rich Merdle family in Cavendish Square at the end of Harley Street.

London: Chester Place, Regent's Park.

From March - June 1847, Charles Dickens rented a house at Chester Place, Regent's Park.

London: Clerkenwell Green.

In the novel Oliver Twist, Mr.Brownlow chases Oliver through street here, believing he has stolen from him.

London: Cross Keys, Cheapside.

Former coaching inn near St. Pauls Cathedral, known to Dickens from his childhood and used in Great Expectations.

London: Devils Acre Slum.

Dickens wrote articles about this large slum area, near Westminster Abbey in Victorian London.

London: Devonshire Terrace.

Dickens lived at 1 Devonshire Terrace from 1839 - 1851.

London: Doctors Commons.

Dickens worked as a freelance reporter at this civil Court from 1828-1832.

London: Doughty Street.

Charles Dickens lived with his young family at 48 Doughty Street from 1837-1839.

London: Eel Pie Island.

Dickens dined on this island in the Thames and mentions it in Nicholas Nickleby as a place where Miss Morleena Kenwigs could dance to the music of a locomotive band.

London: Essex Street.

When the convict Abel Magwitch returns to England, Pip finds lodgings in Essex Street under a false name.

London: Fetter Lane.

In the sketch The Dancing Academy, Mr. Augustus Cooper is from Fetter Lane in the City of London.

London: Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden.

On 9 February 1858, Dickens spoke at Great Ormond Street Hospital's first annual festival dinner at Freemasons' Hall in support of the newly established children's hospital.

London: Furnivals Inn.

Charles Dickens rented rooms here between 1834 and 1837.

London: Garraway's Coffee House.

This famous former coffee house in the City of London featured in The Pickwick Papers, Little Dorrit, The Uncommercial Traveller and Martin Chuzzlewit.

London: George and Vulture.

Charles Dickens was a frequent customer George and Vulture and he mentioned it at least 20 times in The Pickwick Papers.

London: Golden Square.

In the Dickens novel Nicholas Nickleby, Ralph Nickleby lives in a spacious house here.

London: Gore House, Kensington

The Royal Albert Hall stands on the site of Gore House.

London: Goswell Street.

In The Pickwick Papers, Mr. Pickwick, to his great misfortune, took rooms with Mrs. Bardell in Goswell Street.

London: Grays Inn.

In 1827 Dickens starts work as a clerk to a solicitor at Gray's Inn, London.

London: Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court.

Charles Dickens attended Great Marlborough Street to report on cases there early on in his career.

London: Great Marlborough Street.

In his sketch The Steam Excursion, Dickens set the home of Mrs. Taunton and her daughters in Great Marlborough Street.

London: Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Charles Dickens published articles and gave readings to help raise money for the newly opened hospital.

London: Great Portland Street.

In his sketch The Steam Excursion, Dickens set the home of Mrs Briggs and her five children in Portland Street, Oxford Street (now Great Portland Street).

London: Great Russell Street.

In the sketch The Bloomsbury Christening, Mr. Charles Kitterbell lives in a house in Great Russell Street, Bedford Square.

London: Greenwich.

Dickens visited and wrote a sketch about the annual fair at Greenwich which attracted thousands of people twice a year.

London: Grosvenor Square.

In Little Dorrit, the Barnacles are said to live at 24 Mews Street Grosvenor Square which was not absolutely Grosvenor Square itself but it was very near it.

London: Grosvenor Square.

In Little Dorrit, the Barnacles are said to live at 24 Mews Street Grosvenor which was not absolutely Grosvenor Square itself but it was very near it.

London: Highgate Cemetery.

The parents of Charles Dickens, John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow, are buried together at Highgate Cemetery.

London: Hollingsworth Street.

Dickens visited the forerunner of the Battersea Dogs Home based at 15 Hollingsworth Street in the Holloway area of London and highlighted its work.

London: Horsemonger Lane Gaol.

Site of the Horsemonger Lane Gaol where Dickens witnessed the execution of the Mannings.

London: Houses of Parliament.

As a teenager, Charles Dickens started work as a reporter here for The Mirror of Parliament.

London: Jacobs Island, Bermondsey

Notorious Bermondsey slum featured in the novel Oliver Twist.

London: John Forsters House, Lincoln Inn Fields.

Home of one of Charles Dickens' closest friends and used as the model for Bleak House.

London: Kings Gate Street.

This former Holborn street, which ran near to modern Catton Street, is where Mrs Gamp, lives with her friend Mrs. Harris in Martin Chuzzlewit.

London: King's Bench Prison, Southwark.

Site of the former King's Bench prison. Dickens used the prison as a location in at least three of his novels.

London: Lant Street, Southwark.

With his father imprisoned in the Marshalsea, Charles Dickens lived nearby, in Lant Street, Southwark.

London: Little Britain.

This street, near Smithfield Market, is the location of Jaggers’ office in Great Expectations.

London: London Bridge.

London Bridge has featured in many of Dickens’ writings including Martin Chuzzlewit, David Copperfield and Great Expectations. Rebuilt many times a new version had opened in 1831 but subsequently replaced again.

London: London Tavern, Bishopsgate.

Location of the former London Tavern in Bishopsgate where Dickens made speeches.

London: Marshalsea Prison, Southwark.

John Dickens was imprisoned here for debt.

London: Marylebone Workhouse.

In 1840, Dickens attended an inquest at Marylebone workhouse into death of the infant child of a young maid, Eliza Burgess.

London: Middle Temple Hall.

The novel Bleak House opens with the Court of Chancery sitting at this hall in the Temple area of London.

London: Miss Kellys Theatre, Soho.

Charles Dickens staged a play at this small Soho theatre in September 1845.

London: Morning Chronicle offices.

Dickens worked as a reporter at The Morning Chronicle which had its offices at 332 Strand.

London: Mulberry Walk, Chelsea.

Henry Fielding Dickens, the last surviving child of Charles Dickens, lived at 8 Mulberry Walk in Chelsea.

London: Newgate Prison.

Notorious London prison used in several of Dickens's works.

London: Newman Street.

In the novel Bleak House, Mr. Turveydrop’s Dancing Academy is located at Newman Street.

London: Notting Dale Slum.

Also known as the Potteries, this area was the subject of an article in Household Words.

London: Paper Buildings, Temple.

In Barnaby Rudge, Sir John Chester has chambers in Paper Buildings, ‘a row of goodly tenements, shaded by ancient trees, and looking at the back upon Temple Gardens’.

London: Portugal Street Debtors Court.

Charles Dickens mentions this small insolvency court, near Lincoln's Inn Fields, in The Pickwick Papers.

London: Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street.

Site of the former Princess's Theatre. In 1858, Dickens attended a meeting here to support the setting up of a home for retired actors.

London: Red Lion, Whitehall.

Dickens was said to be a regular and used this Whitehall pub in David Copperfield, where young David tries to order a glass of the Genuine Stunning ale.

London: Richmond Green.

In Great Expectations, Estella is sent by Miss Haversham to live in a staid old house by Richmond Green.

London: Royal Gallery of Illustration.

Dickens held benefit performances of The Frozen Deep at this Regent Street venue in 1857.

London: Royal Victoria Theatre (Old Vic).

Dickens wrote about this popular theatre in 1850.

London: Saffron Hill.

Notorious slum, home to Fagin and his gang of thieves in Oliver Twist.

London: Saracens Head, Snow Hill.

Site of the former Saracens Head coaching inn, Snow Hill, London, where Nicholas Nickleby and his uncle waited upon the Yorkshire schoolmaster Wackford Squeers.

London: Seven Dials, Covent Garden.

Notorious Victorian slum area now part of the Covent Garden area of London.

London: Simpsons Chophouse.

Historic tavern in the City of London frequented by Charles Dickens.

London: Smithfield Market.

In Great Expectations, Pip visits Smithfield cattle market which he describes as a 'shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me.'

London: Somerset House.

Dickens' father John Dickens worked at the Navy Pay Office here.

London: St Martin's Hall, Covent Garden.

In April 1858, Dickens gave a public reading of A Christmas Carol at this large former concert hall, St Martin’s Hall in Covent Garden's Long Acre with the proceeds going to support Great Ormond Street Hospital.

London: St Pancras Old Church.

In the novel A Tale of Two Cities, Roger Cly, the Old Bailey informant, was buried in this Church, and is later the location of attempted body snatching to provide corpses for dissection at medical schools.

London: St. Dunstan-in-the-West.

This Fleet Street church was featured by Dickens in David Copperfield.

London: St. James's Hall.

Charles Dickens performed a number of speeches and performances at this now demolished famous London music hall, including his final public readings just a few months before his death.

London: St. Lukes Church, Chelsea.

Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth here in 1836.

London: St. Mary-le-Strand Church, Aldwych.

John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow, the parents of Charles Dickens, were married here in 1809.

London: St. Olaves Church.

Charles Dickens called the church St. Ghastly Grim because of skulls above the entrance gate.

London: Staple Inn Gardens

Small tranquil park in Holborn which featured in several of Charles Dickens novels.

London: Tavistock House.

Dickens lived here from 1851 to 1860.

London: Tavistock Street.

In his sketch, Mr Minns and his cousin, Dickens set the lead characters residence in this Covent Garden street.

London: Tooks Court.

Renamed as Cook’s Court in Bleak House, the law stationer Mr Snagsby lived and worked in a house located in this court between Chancery and Fetter Lane.

London: Trafalgar Square.

Golden Cross, a coaching inn now covered by South Africa House. In The Pickwick Papers, Mr Pickwick meets up with his travelling companions to go to Rochester on the Commodore stage coach. David Copperfield also stays at this inn.

London: Urania Cottage, Shepherds Bush.

Dickens helped to found a home for 'fallen women' in Shepherds Bush.

London: Vauxhall Gardens.

In his sketch Vauxhall-Gardens by day, Charles Dickens describes this popular Victorian London recreational area in Vauxhall.

London: Walworth.

In Great Expectations, Jaggers clerk Wemmick lives in Walworth, which is described as 'a collection of black lanes, ditches, and little gardens.'

London: Warrens Blacking Factory.

As a 12 year old boy Dickens was sent to work at Warren's blacking factory and warehouse at Hungerford Stairs. It became the inspiration for Murdstone and Grinby’s in David Copperfield.

London: Wellington House Academy.

Dickens attended the Wellington House Academy in Camden from 1825-1827 before starting work for a law firm.

London: Westminster Abbey.

Charles Dickens was buried in Westminster Abbey, June 1870.

London: Whitechapel.

In The Pickwick Papers, Sam Weller takes a coach through Whitechapel commenting on the high number of oyster stalls for a poor area.

London: Whitefriars Gate, Temple.

In Great Expectations, Pip is handed a warning letter by the porter at Whitefriars Gate, an entrance to Temple, telling him not to go home.

Lowestoft

Dickens walked from Yarmouth to Lowestoft and back during a visit to Yarmouth.

Malton, Yorkshire. Smithson's Offices.

Dickens visted hsi friend Charles Smithson, who had solicitors' offices in Chancery Lane, Malton.  Dickens said that he used the offices as the basis for Scrooge's counting house in A Christmas Carol

Malton, Yorkshire.: St Leonard's Church.

The bells heard by Scrooge in A Christmas Carol were said by Dickens to be based on those of St Leonard's Church in Malton.

Malvern, Worcestershire Charles sent Catherine here to recover from a nervous breakdown after the birth of their ninth child.
Manchester Free Library Charles Dickens supported the opening of the library including speaking at the opening ceremony in September 1852.
Manchester Free Trade Hall Charles Dickens gave readings and acted at the Free Trade Hall.
Manchester: Athenaeum

Dickens spoke at the Athenaeum to support learning and education.

Manchester: Theatre Royal.

Charles appeared in an amateur performance of 'Every Man In His Humour' here in 1847.

New York: Steinway Hall.

Charles Dickens gave a number of readings in 1867 and 1868 here.

Newport, Wales.

Dickens gave a performance here in January 1869 as part of a nationwide reading tour.

Niagara Falls. Charles Dickens visited Niagara Falls in March 1868.
Norwich.

Dickens visited Norwich on 8 January 1849 before departing for Yarmouth.

Nottingham Mechanics Institution.

Dickens is reported to have visited the Nottingham Mechanics' Institution on three occasions, incluidng as part of a reading tour in February 1869.

Nunhead. Dickens rented a house for himself and his mistress Ellen Ternan in Linden Grove, Nunhead between 1868 and his death in 1870.
Old Malton, Yorkshire.

Dickens visted his long-time friend Charles Smithson here. Smithson moved here in 1843 but died the following year, at the age of 39.

Petersham: Elm Cottage.

Dickens rented a cottage in the village of Petersham, near Richmond, for the summer of 1839.

Portsmouth Dockyard John Dickens worked here as a clerk in the Pay Office.
Rochester: Bull Hotel.

Dickens stayed here many times and the inn was used in both The Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations.

Rochester: Eastgate House.

Featured in the Dickens novels The Pickwick Papers and Edwin Drood.

Rochester: Minor Canon Row.

In the novel Edmund Drood, Reverend Septimus Crisparkle lives in this picturesque row.

Rochester: Restoration House.

Dickens partly used this Elizabethan mansion in Rochester as a model for Miss Havisham's Satis House in Great Expectations.

Rochester: Satis House.

Dickens used Satis House in Great Expectations as Miss Havisham's ruined estate.

Rochester: The Guildhall.

In Great Expectations, Pip is sworn-in as apprentice blacksmith before the mighty Justices at The Guildhall in Rochester.

Rockingham Castle

Dickens visited Rockingham as guests of the owners and the house was the inspiration for Bleak House.

Royal Dramatic College, Woking.

Home for retired actors supported by Charles Dickens. Opened in 1865 but closed because of financial difficulty in 1877.

Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Dickens featured 'the fair old town of Salisbury' and the surrounding area in the novel Martin Chuzzlewit.

Salisbury: The Old George Inn.

In Martin Chuzzlewit, Tom Pinch picks up the young Martin from this ancient Salisbury inn.

Salisbury: White Hart.

Dickens visited this noted Salisbury hotel and featured it in his novel Martin Chuzzlewit.

Sherborne House Charles Dickens was a regular visitor here to visit his close friend, William Charles Macready.
Shifnal, Shropshire. Charles Dickens visited the town on several occasions and many believe that the buildings in The Old Curiosity Shop, were based on those in the town.
Shrewsbury. Dickens visited Shrewsbury in 1838, staying overnight and visiting the theatre.
Six Poor Travellers House, Kent.

The house and charity are immortalised in Dickens Christmas short story The Seven Poor Travellers.

Southsea: Eastman's Royal Naval Academy.

Charles Dickens's seventh child, Sydney, was sent here at the age of 13 to train for a career in the navy.

Southsea: Grave of Maria Beadnell

Maria Beadnell, first love of Charles Dickens, is buried at Highland Road Cemetery, Southsea.

St. James Theatre, London. Site of the former St James Theatre.
St. James' Church, Cooling. The churchyard of St James' Church inspired Charles Dickens to set the opening chapter of Great Expectations, where the hero Pip meets Magwitch.
Staplehurst rail crash Dickens was involved in a railway crash here in 1865.
Stratford-upon-Avon. Dickens had a lifelong interest in Shakespeare and visited the town of his birth a number of times.
Theatre Royal Covent Garden
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London.
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London. In 1857, Ellen Ternan was spotted by Dickens performing here.
Theatre Royal Liverpool Charles appeared in an amateur performance of 'Every Man In His Humour' here in 1847.
Tong, Shropshire. Charles Dickens is believed to have visited Tong and used it as a setting in his 1841 novel The Old Curiosity Shop.
Villa di Bella Vista (The Bagnerello), Albaro, Genoa
Warwick Castle.

Dickens visited Warwick Castle on 30 October 1838.

White Hart Inn, Bath. Site of The White Hart Inn.
Yarmouth

Dickens visited Yarmouth and used it in the novel David Copperfield.

Ye Olde Kings Head, Chigwell.

Former coaching inn that was the inspiration for the Maypole Inn in Barnaby Rudge.

 

 

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