Twists and Turns: Explore the places that inspired Oliver Twist
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes
In partnership with Ben's City Tours
Suitable for those 12 years and over.
This walk begins at the Charles Dickens Museum and ends in West Smithfield
As a young up and coming writer, Charles Dickens spent many hours wandering the streets of London, observing and storing for later use, all he saw and experienced.
In 1837, Dickens moved to 48 Doughty Street (now the Charles Dickens Museum), and it was here that he wrote Nicholas Nickleby, and perhaps his most famous work of all, Oliver Twist.
On this walk we follow in Dickens’s footsteps as he wandered the streets near his home, seeing places and hearing about people and events that inspired him to write Oliver Twist.
We will explore the area long associated with political protest where Oliver is accused of robbing Mr Brownlow as he browses at a bookstall. We walk the streets which once housed some of the worst slums in London and see where Dickens set Fagin’s den of thieves. Discover London’s criminal underbelly of pickpockets, prostitutes and murderers and see the sites of courts, prisons and executions, all of which Dickens saw and wrote about in Oliver Twist.
We discover how the society and politics of Dickens’s London influenced Oliver Twist and lead to Dickens becoming regarded as a great social reformer of Victorian England.
This tour starts at the Charles Dickens Museum