Broadstairs is a seaside resort on the eastern Kent coast in south-east England. Victorian author Charles Dickens first came to stay here in 1837 when he was 25 year old rising author of The Pickwick Papers. He repeatedly returned over the next couple of decades.
Dickens House Museum.
The museum features a range of Dickens-related artefacts, including letters he wrote from or about Broadstairs.
Bleak House (formerly Fort House).
Bleak House, formerly known as Fort House, is a large house on the cliff overlooking the North Foreland and Viking Bay in Broadstairs. It was built around 1801 and then substantially extended, doubling in size, in 1901.
Charles Dickens spent Summer holidays at Fort House in the 1850s and 1860s and it was there in that “airy nest” above the harbour that he wrote perhaps his noted work, David Copperfield. Fort House was dubbed Bleak House in the early part of the 20th Century after an assertion that it was the Bleak House referred to in Dickens’ 1853 novel. The name Bleak House remained and the venue has promoted its connections to Dickens since.
|Bleak House (formerly Fort House)||Dickens stayed here and wrote parts of David Copperfield.|
|Dickens House Museum|
Home of Mary Strong (inspiration for Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield) and visited by Dickens. Now the Charles Dickens House Museum.
|Royal Albion Hotel.|
Dickens stayed a number of times at the Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs.
To commemorate the towns connections with the author, every year Broadstairs holds a Dickens festival (around the third week of June).
Further Reading (external sites).