Charles Dickens Trail.

Explore over 250 places that the Victorian author Charles Dickens visited or influenced him during his lifetime in our Dickens Trail.

 

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Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool. Charles Dickens stayed at the Adelphi Hotel a number of times.
Adelphi Theatre, London.

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

Albion Tavern, London.

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

All Year Round Offices, London. Offices of the Dickens periodical All The Year Round in Covent Garden.
Alphington, Devon Dickens rented a cottage here, then a village just outside of Exeter, for his parents.
Arts Club, London.

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

Astleys Ampitheatre, London.

Dickens enjoyed and wrote about this popular entertainment venue.

Athenaeum Club, London

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

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.

Barnards Inn, London.

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

Belfast.

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

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.
Bowes Academy, County Durham.

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

Britannia Theatre, Hoxton Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor to this large Hoxton venue.
Broadstairs Seaside resort first visited by Dickens in 1837. The town has the Charles Dickens House museum and an annual Dickens festival.
Bull Hotel, Rochester

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

Canning Town. Charles Dickens visited the Canning Town area in 1857 and wrote about the squalid conditions there.
Castle Inn, Coventry. In December 1858 Charles Dickens was entertained to dinner at the Castle Inn Hotel, Coventry.
Cavendish Square, London.

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

Chertsey

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

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

Cross Keys, Cheapside. Former coaching inn near St. Pauls Cathedral, known to Dickens from his childhood and used in Great Expectations.
Devils Acre Slum.

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

Devonshire Terrace, London. Dickens lived at 1 Devonshire Terrace from 1839 - 1851.
Doctors Commons, London.

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

Dogs Home Dickens visited the forerunner of the Battersea Dogs Home based in Holloway and highlighted its work.
Doughty Street Charles Dickens lived at 48 Doughty Street from 1837-1839.
Dover. 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.
Dublin, Ireland.

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

Eastgate House, Rochester

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

Eastman's Royal Naval Academy, Southsea Charles Dickens's seventh child, Sydney, was sent here at the age of 13 to train for a career in the navy.
Elm Cottage, Petersham Dickens rented a cottage in the village of Petersham, near Richmond, for the summer of 1839.
Folkestone.

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

Furnivals Inn, London. Charles Dickens rented rooms here between 1834 and 1837.
Gads Hill, Kent Dickens lived at Gads Hill in the last decade of his life.
Garraway's Coffee House, London.

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

George and Vulture, London. Charles Dickens was a frequent customer George and Vulture and he mentioned it at least 20 times in The Pickwick Papers.
Golden Square, London. In the Dickens novel Nicholas Nickleby, Ralph Nickleby lives in a spacious house here.
Gore House, Kensington The Royal Albert Hall stands on the site of Gore House.
Goswell Street, London.

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

Grantham.

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

Grays Inn In 1827 Dickens starts work as a clerk to a solicitor at Gray's Inn, London.
Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court. Charles Dickens attended Great Marlborough Street to report on cases there early on in his career.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Charles Dickens published articles and gave readings to help raise money for the newly opened hospital.
Greenwich Fair.

Dickens visited and wrote a sketch about the annual Greenwich Fair whuch attracted thousands of people twice a year.

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.

Grosvenor Square, London.

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

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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.

Highgate Cemetery The parents of Charles Dickens, John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow, are buried together at Highgate Cemetery.
Horsemonger Lane Gaol Site of the Horsemonger Lane Gaol where Dickens witnessed the execution of the Mannings.
Houses of Parliament, London. As a teenager, Charles Dickens started work as a reporter here for The Mirror of Parliament.
Jacobs Island, Bermondsey

Notorious Bermondsey slum featured in the novel Oliver Twist.

John Forsters House, London.

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

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

Little Britain. This street, near Smithfield Market, is the location of Jaggers’ office in Great Expectations.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Charles Dickens made a number of readings at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
Liverpool Workhouse Charles Dickens visited injured soldiers here in March 1860 for an article he wrote.
London Tavern Location of the former London Tavern in Bishopsgate.
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

Malvern, Worcestershire Charles sent Catherine here to recover from a nervous breakdown after the birth of their ninth child.
Manchester Athenaeum Dickens spoke at the Athenaeum to support learning and education.
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.
Market Square, Dover. 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.
Marshalsea Prison, London. John Dickens was imprisoned here for debt.
Marylebone Workhouse. In 1840, Dickens attended an inquest at Marylebone workhouse into death of the infant child of a young maid, Eliza Burgess.
Mile End Terrace, Landport 13 Mile End Terrace was the first married home of his parents, John and Elizabeth and birthplace of Charles Dickens.
Minor Canon Row, Rochester In the novel Edmund Drood, Reverend Septimus Crisparkle lives in this picturesque row.
Miss Kelly's Theatre, London.

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

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

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

New London Inn, Exeter.

Dickens stayed at this former Exeter city centre tavern.

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

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.

Portsmouth Dockyard John Dickens worked here as a clerk in the Pay Office.
Portugal Street Debtors' Court

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

Princess's Theatre Site of the former Princess's Theatre.
Restoration House, Rochester.

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

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.

Royal Gallery of Illustration, London.

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

Royal Victoria Theatre (Old Vic) Dickens wrote about this popular theatre in 1850.
Saffron Hill, London. Notorious slum, home to Fagin and his gang of thieves in Oliver Twist.
Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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

Satis House Dickens used Satis House in Great Expectations as Miss Havisham's ruined estate.
Seven Dials, London. Notorious Victorian slum area now part of the Covent Garden area of London.
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.
Simpsons Chophouse Historic tavern in the City of London frequented by Charles Dickens.
Six Poor Travellers House The house and charity are immortalised in Dickens Christmas short story The Seven Poor Travellers.
Somerset House Dickens' father John Dickens worked at the Navy Pay Office here.
Southsea, Grave of Maria Beadnell

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

St Leonard's Church, Malton, Yorkshire.

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.

St. Dunstan-in-the-West This Fleet Street church was featured by Dickens in David Copperfield.
St. James Theatre 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.
St. Lukes Church, Chelsea

Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth here in 1836.

St. Mary-le-Strand Church, Aldwych John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow, the parents of Charles Dickens, were married here in 1809.
St. Marys Church Charles Dickens was christened here in March 1812.
St. Marys Place, Chatham The Dickens family lived at St. Marys Place, The Brook, Chatham from 1821-1822.
St. Olaves Church. Charles Dickens called the church St. Ghastly Grim because of skulls above the entrance gate.
Staple Inn Gardens Small tranquil park in Holborn which featured in several of Charles Dickens novels.
Staplehurst rail crash Dickens was involved in a railway crash here in 1865.
Steinway Hall, New York. Charles Dickens gave a number of readings in 1867 and 1868 here.
Stratford-upon-Avon. Dickens had a lifelong interest in Shakespeare and visited the town of his birth a number of times.
Tavistock House Dickens lived here from 1851 to 1860.
The Leather Bottle, Cobham.

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

The Old George Inn, Salisbury

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

Theatre Royal Covent Garden
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Theatre Royal Haymarket 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.
Theatre Royal Manchester 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.
Tremont Temple, Boston. Charles Dickens gave a number of readings in 1867 and 1868 here.
Turks Head, Exeter.

Tavern frequented by Dickens when he visited Exeter.

Urania Cottage

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

Villa di Bella Vista (The Bagnerello), Albaro, Genoa
Warrens Blacking Factory Dickens was sent to work here as a 12 year old boy.
Wates Hotel, Gravesend.

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.

Westminster Abbey Charles Dickens was buried in Westminster Abbey, June 1870.
White Hart Inn, Bath. Site of The White Hart Inn.
White Hart, Salisbury.

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

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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