Charles Dickens and Yarmouth.

Yarmouth, more commonly refereed to as Great Yarmouth, is a coastal town in the county of Norfolk, England. It is located at the mouth of the River Yare, 20 miles (30 km) east of Norwich. The Victorian author Charles Dickens visited Yarmouth and set the town as a key location in his novel David Copperfield.


1849 Visit.

In 1849, Charles Dickens visited Yarmouth and stayed at the Royal Hotel on the town’s Parade.



Clara Peggotty‘s House was an upturned boat on Yarmouth beach. Illustration by Phiz from the original publication of David Copperfield.

Inspiration for David Copperfield.

Charles Dickens used Yarmouth as a key location in his novel David Copperfield and in that novel the character Clara Peggotty describes the town as “the finest place in the universe”.


it was well known … that Yarmouth was, upon the whole, the finest place in the universe

David Copperfield, Chapter 3.


A number of roads in Yarmouth reflect Dickens’s association with the town, including Copperfield Avenue, Dickens Avenue, Micawber Avenue and Peggotty Road.



Blundeston The inspiration for Blundestone, birthplace of David Copperfield.

Dickens walked from Yarmouth to Lowestoft and back whilst staying in Yarmouth.


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

Royal Hotel.

Dickens and two friends stayed two nights here in January 1849.




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