Walking in Dickens’s Footsteps: a guided tour
£10 per person (Includes Museum entry)
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes
This walk begins and ends at the Charles Dickens Museum.
Dickens roamed the streets on foot every day. His walks carried him out into London, his ‘magic lantern’. They brought him face-to-face with his subjects. Vitally, they helped him pioneer a new form of investigative writing that moved through all ‘nooks and corners’, exposing what life was like for the most desperate to an unaware public. Dickens’s walking stick was perhaps as important for his writing as his pen.
This evening, we follow in Dickens’s footsteps with Richard Jones, the respected author of Walking Dickensian London. We start with Dickens’s walking stick at 48 Doughty Street (now the Charles Dickens Museum), where he lived 1837 to 1839 and wrote Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist.
We explore the streets and alleyways where many of Dickens’s greatest novels unfolded, and where his characters lived their days and nights. We uncover the places that shaped his own life, from troubled and impoverished beginnings to becoming one of the world’s greatest literary figures. We may come away afterwards looking at our own city in a new light.
About our guide
Richard Jones is acclaimed for his entertaining delivery and his encyclopaedic knowledge of Dickens’s work and life. Jones is the author of the definitive guidebook, Walking Dickensian London (Globetrotter, New Holland, 2004). He’s also a qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide and has been giving tours of Dickens’s London since 1982.
About this event
The event is part of the programme for the Museum’s temporary exhibition Restless Shadow: Dickens the Campaigner. The event also celebrates Dickens’s walking stick, on display at the Charles Dickens Museum, and a highlight of London History Day (31 May 2017).
Your ticket includes entrance to the Museum on Wednesday 31st May (10am to 6pm) to visit the author’s historic home and its temporary exhibition, Restless Shadow: Dickens the Campaigner.