Charles Dickens Private Walking Tour

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Duration - 3 hours

INR 12,028 p.p. onwards

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Greater London, United Kingdom

This walking tour will take us to places that both inspired Charles Dickens the writer but also those real locations that shaped Dickens the man.  All writers take inspiration from the people they meet and places they visit, and Charles Dickens was no different.  His novels are so successful because he so enjoyed wandering the streets of London and picking up the rich details of everyday life.

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09:30

INR 12,028
p.p. onwards

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: St George the Martyr, Marshalsea Street / Tabard Street / Long Lane Opp. Borough Station Borough Borough High Street Southwark, London SE1 1JA England

See locations relating to Little Dorrit and visit where Dickens family were imprisoned.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: The Marshalsea Prison, Angel Pl, London SE1 1JA, UK

The site of the old debtors prison that so influenced the young Charles Dickens.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Red Cross Cottages & Garden, Red Cross Garden 50 Redcross Way, London SE1 1HA England

These beautiful and largely unvisited gardens were created by a contemporary pf Charles Dickens and in her own way equally famous social reformer in what was one of the worst streets in London and close to where Dickens lived as a boy.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: London Bridge, London SE1 9DD England

Stand on Nancys Steps where poor Nancy met her end

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL England

Visit sites of poverty that inspired Dickens to write. See the places where the pick-pockets operated in Oliver Twist and much more

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT England

We will pass by this famous theatre and learn about the history and locations nearby.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH England

The oldest court in the western world in effect is next to the notorious old Newgate Prison and site of public executions to Victorians in fact and fiction.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Winchester Palace, Clink Street, London SE1 9DG England

Learn about Winchester Geese and the lives of the poor and forgotten as we follow in the footsteps of how Dickens would walk to work.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD England

Find out about an inadvertent impact St Pauls had on the life of Charles Dickens

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Temple Church, The Temple King's Bench Walk, London EC4Y 7BB England

As well as seeing the outside of this very famous church we will visit the legal districts where characters such as Pip would feature. Please note sometimes at weekends, access to this area is closed to the public.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Old Curiosity Shop, 2es, 13-14 Portsmouth St, London WC2A 2ES, UK

Visit the outside of the actual Old Curiousity Shop, perhaps the oldest shop in London and right next to what was then a place of terrible poverty.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Fleet Street, Fleet St, London EC4A England

The most famous newspaper street in the world which amongst other things not only played an important role in the life of Charles Dickens but the alleys and taverns also feature in his literature.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lincoln's Inn Fields, London England

This area is full of Dickensian history especially relating to Bleak House and is also the home to the biographer of Charles Dickens

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet St, London EC4A 2BP, UK

See some of the pubs that Dickens himself drank in and where characters visited in the novels.

Stop At: Dr. Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE England

We visit other literary places along the way, including the outside of the home of the man who wrote the Dictionary.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: 190 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF England

Visit the alleyway where poor Krook spontaneously combusted infront of his shop.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bloomsbury, London England

Pass through parts of Bloomsbury and see where Charles Dickens lived after he had become successful and enjoy the sumptuous streets of this literary hotspot.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Charles Dickens Museum 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX England

We finish the tour at the front door of the Charles Dickens Museum, his perfectly preserved house which you'll no doubt want to explore and perhaps have a well deserved cup of tea in the delightful restaurant at the back.

Duration: 1 hour

Terms & conditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • We have earmarked this tour as especially safe during the Coronavirus outbreak due to generally quiet places that we visit where social distancing is generally not a problem. All of our tours are private so it is just you/your family and your guide.  To make it easier and safer for all concerned we would suggest starting this tour a little later than the usual time, perhaps around 10.30-11am which allows us all to miss rush-hour. We are happy to still come to your hotel to meet you but for the moment we would suggest meeting us at the tour starting point.  This allows you to arrive by a taxi or uber rather than public transport. Please feel free to wear masks throughout or at times during the tour.  Your guide will also have a mask with them.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Your guide and yourself are welcome to wear face masks and we will keep to the UK law regarding social distancing.

Inclusions

  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Private tour
  • Entry/Admission - St George the Martyr
  • Entry/Admission - London Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Borough Market
  • Entry/Admission - Winchester Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Lincoln's Inn Fields
  • Entry/Admission - High Holborn
  • Entry/Admission - Bloomsbury

Departure time

09:30 AM


Departure point

Borough High St, London SE1 1JX, UK
Traveler pickup is offered
We can meet you at your Central London Hotel (not just those listed above), otherwise just outside Borough High Street Tube Station where the tour commences.


Recent reviews

stevefY838ZI   14th September 2019

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This tour was amazing! Kevin, our guide, shared his encyclopedic knowledge not only of Dickens locations but of London in general. Every corner and alley, he offered a new, fascinating nugget of information. We loved the fact that, as a tour for just the two of us, we could move at our own pace and ask questions without the worry of slowing down a group tour. I will definitely book with this tour company if I visit London again.

romanciaobella   27th April 2019

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This walking tour is equal parts Dickens and London. I had an exceptional experience with Kevin. What better way to learn about the city than through the eyes of one of it's most famous inhabitants. I believe that you would not have to know much about Dickens to enjoy this tour. It encompassed so much more than I ever thought possible. I lived in London for a time and am quite familiar with all things Dickens yet I learned/experienced/observed so much more! Kevin was so knowledgeable about London, about history, about the origins of expressions and about Dickens. The perfectly paced tour covered so much, I’m still soaking it all in weeks later.

John C   9th October 2018

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Stephen Liddell came highly recommended to us by our good friends but he was not available during our visit. However, he connected us with his colleague, Kevin Pearman and Kevin proved to be a wonderful guide. He was neat and organized and met us at our accommodations in Covent Garden promptly at the agreed time. Having assessed our desires after a conversation the previous day, Kevin led off and we quickly began cutting through alleys and small walks, showing us the London of various ages from medieval to modern ( as in; "here is the Roman wall" and, "here is where Boy George got his start as a table busser"). My daughters (mid-twenties) and myself (mid-sixties) found Kevin's knowledge and delivery fascinating! He hails from London's Docklands in the east end and is a legit Cockney so he knows his way about the city having run many of its streets as a youth. He is also very professional, having worked his way up through the ranks of England's printers and publishing houses. His enthusiasm for history, especially its quirkier aspects is really fun and informative. Be prepared to walk! We were on the move on both sides of the Thames for about 5 hours. This was absolutely our choice and he was very attentive to our needs and wants but I warn you, you will not out-walk Kevin! You will however thoroughly enjoy his tour

Mary K E   20th August 2018

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Stephen did a fantastic job telling us all about Dickens and the world he lived in, plus lots of other interesting facts about London along the way. I highly recommend!

Sheila_H   8th October 2017

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I booked this tour for my daughter, a huge Dickens fan. What a delight it was! Our guide was Stephen and he was great. Very knowledgeable and funny. He took us places few tourists will see. Down back alleyways, entering into a hidden garden. A hidden cemetery. We lucked out and had a private tour - just my daughter and me and Stephen and Richard who was shadowing him. They both took time to take our pictures and slowed down for me numerous times. While the tour seems long, at three hours, it actually went by pretty quick. The tour ends at the Charles Dickens House, which was perfect. You really don't want to miss this tour. One of the highlights of our London visit.

asgeirs2014   2nd January 2019

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Morsomt å se det som trolig er Londons første kommersielle butikk men området er i store endringer, bare å håpe at de ivaretar denne juvelen i London.