Charles Dickens London Walking Tour

Quick Details
Availability: Monday to Friday (Jan-Dec)
Ages: All Ages
Duration: 2 hours
Tour Type: Private Tour
Starting Location: Borough Tube Station
End Location: London Bridge Tube Station

Charles Dickens London Walking Tour

Welcome to Dickensian London!  Join our Charles Dickens London Walking Tour and journey into the 19th century London that the celebrated author would have known.  Dickens suffered from insomnia and spent many sleepless nights walking the streets of London, collecting locations and inspiration to include in his novels.  On this Dickens walking tour, we will follow in his footsteps and explore some of the buildings and streets that feature in Dickens' works.

Tour Highlights

  • See the steps named after Nancy from Oliver Twist
  • Find out who was the inspiration for Dora in David Copperfield
  • Discover a market that is over a thousand years old mentioned in The Pickwick Papers
  • Learn about Charles Dickens’ troubled childhood

Charles Dickens London Walking Tour

Welcome to Dickensian London!  Join our Dickens tour London and journey into the city of London that Charles Dickens would have known.  Dickens suffered from insomnia and spent many sleepless nights walking the streets of London, collecting locations and inspiration to include in his novels.  On this Dickens walk, we will follow in his footsteps and explore some of the buildings and streets that feature in Dicken’s novels and still exist today.

The Dickens London Walking Tour starts from Borough Tube station, right by a prison that Dickens’ would have known well and features in his writings.  As we continue towards the river, we will pass the locations of coaching inns that feature in The Pickwick Papers.

The tour takes several famous London landmarks, and you’ll see ‘the great black dome of Saint Paul’s bulging at you from behind a grim stone building.’

During the tour, an enchanting stop awaits you at a quaint pub you will see a pub as a gathering place for Dicken’s fans, especially for Pickwickians!  You will hear about a tall tourist attraction where ‘They don’t know what many steps there are!’

Your guide will reveal significant moments in Dickens’ life and explain how these have weaved into his books.  You will learn about real-life people and the fictional characters they inspired.

Throughout the tour, there will be several opportunities to stop and take photos while your expert guide shares some extracts from Dicken’s writings and points out how they have changed or survived from Victorian London to the modern day.

The Dickens tour highlights several of London’s iconic sites.  You will learn trivia about Charles Dickens and hear facts about the locations visited, both modern and Dickensian.  Many of Dicken’s books are mentioned during the tour, including Little Dorrit, Oliver Twist, The Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, A Christmas Carol and more.

What’s Included

  • 2 hour walking tour of London’s Southwark area
  • Knowledgeable, approachable & fun tourist guide

What’s Excluded

  • Food & drink
  • Entry fees
  • Gratuities

What To Bring

  • Consider layers of clothing
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes for a leisurely walking tour

Good To Know

  • Accessible
  • The tour does not go into any of the buildings/ venues.
  • English language tour
charles dickens london walking tour
Private Tour
1 to 5 persons£250 per group
6 to 10 persons£280 per group
11 to 15 persons£310 per group
16 to 20 persons£340 per group

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