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We visit The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum in the Old Commercial Road,
Portsmouth and take lunch and a glass of ale in 'The Oliver Twist' pub around the
corner. In the afternoon we visit HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's Flagship.
Bosham fishing village. Brighton - Dickens stayed here at the 'Old Ship Inn' and the Bedford Hotel where he wrote 'Dombey and Son' and gave a number of 'readings'.
Afternoon - we visit the famous 'Lanes' or 'The Royal Pavilion'.
Broadstairs - Dickens spent holidays here between 1836 and 1850. Here we visit
'The Old Curiosity Shop' and 'Bleak House' where the study, bedroom and dining
room are furnished with Dickens' possessions and where he completed 'David
Copperfield' and we visit Betsy Trotwood's House. Afternoon - Canterbury.
Chatham - We visit his early home in Ordnance Terrace. Charles' father, John, was
a clerk in The Royal Navy Pay Office and we visit Chatham Historic Dockyard and
take a boat trip on the 'Kingswear Castle' Paddle Steamer.
Rochester is synonymous with Dickens. We visit many locations in Rochester itself
strongly associated with many of his novels. Outside Rochester we visit Cooling
Churchyard where 'Young Pip' had his unexpected meeting with Abel Magwitch in
We journey to London to take a 'Dickens London Walk'. We visit the other 'Old
Curiosity Shop' and The Dickens Museum at 48, Doughty Street. We take lunch in
Dickens favourite pub 'Ye Old Cocke Tavern' at No. 22 Fleet Street and finally visit
Westminster Abbey where he is buried.
Gads Hill Place, Higham near Rochester where Dickens lived from 1856 until his
death there in 1870. Cobham, The Park and Church are both mentioned in
'Pickwick Papers' and Cobham College Almshouses are described in the 'Haunted
Two nights accommodation and a champagne lunch are taken in the original
'Leather Bottle Inn' which Dickens himself often visited and wrote about in his