In the footsteps of Charles Dickens

In the footsteps of Charles Dickens

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The great 19th century English playwright and poet Charles Dickens wrote some fifteen major novels and founded several weeklies. Here’s a short tour of the must-see places you must visit to learn more about this emblematic writer.

The Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum was founded in 1925 in a Georgian-era house located in the Bloomsbury district of London. This is where the writer lived between 1837 and 1839. Charles Dickens wrote several of his masterpieces, including “Oliver Twist”, in this four-storey house with a basement. Today, the house has become a museum where the public can discover paintings, manuscripts and many other objects that once belonged to the Dickens family.

Westminster Abbey

Charles Dickens is buried in Westminster Abbey in London. There is a small stone with a modest inscription on the tomb. An express desire that was written in the author’s will.


The Rochester area is known for being an inspiration to the writer. Every year, the unmissable Rochester Dickens Festival is held here. Parades in historical costumes, street performances, shows, readings and contests fill the city between the end of May and the beginning of June.


Portsmouth is the birthplace of Charles Dickens, where he was born in 1812. Since then, the house has been restored in the style of the period and there is a small exhibition. Also, there is a statue of the author standing in Guildhall Square.

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