Dickens World

Telephone: 01634 890 421

Dickens World is a unique, fun packed attraction with strong educational elements to inform and entertain. Pupils can jump on board the Great Expectations Boat Ride, experience Dotheboys School Room with a strict Victorian school master or get spooked in “The Haunted Man”. Meet Dickensian characters; Enjoy Courtyard shows, and marvel at the 4D cinema in Peggotty’s Boathouse.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it suited our purpose really well, we are studying Victorians. My Head Teacher accompanied us and he too thought it was great.”
Jeanette Roach, Bredgar C of E Primary School

Our professional, performing arts, tour guides will take you on a journey of discovery, bringing to life, the most affecting and colourful characters; in this powerful and at times hilariously funny exposé of Dickens’ works.

Peggotty’s Cinema Show - The tour starts off with Peggotty’s Boathouse, made famous in the novel David Copperfield. Here you will be introduced to Dickens’ life and travels throughout Europe and America.

Old Green Copper Rope Bridge - You are then immersed in the sights and sounds from the scenes of Victorian London. Walk across the rope bridges and travel the footsteps back in time to our Victorian themed courtyard.

Explore Collards Greengrocers, this shop really did exist and was originally situated in North Street, just up the road from Dickens’ favourite pub in Rochester. Here you will learn about the different social classes within the Victorian era’s very structured society.

Just next door you will enter the Barbers Shop; the backstreet Barbers were a feature of everyday life. Here you will be able to see how a Victorian Barber shop looked back in the day.

Moving on you will enter the River Walk. Here you will be told about nasty Jack the Ripper.

Marshalsea Debtors Prison - Then enter the Marshalsea Prison. The Marshalsea was a debtor’s prison. In Victorian times, if the bread winner of the family ended up here, their families would have to join them in the prison; the bread winner would stay locked up whilst their family went out to earn money in order to pay off the debt. Dickens’ father, John Dickens, was sent here when Charles was just a young boy.

Once you have been freed from the Marshalsea Prison you will need to hurry back into the courtyard… for the very miserable and abusive school Head Master will be awaiting your arrival.

Here you will enter Dotheboy’s Hall where your Victorian lesson will begin.

Haunted Man - When class is dismissed you will then enter the Haunted Man. This area of Dickens World is dark and sinister but you must be bold and go inside as the house features some of the most creepy and memorable characters that Charles Dickens wrote about. The voice of Charles Dickens’ great grandson, Gerald Dickens will introduce you to a whole host of spooky holographs also known as “pepper’s ghosts”, an invention of the period used to create ghostly illusions.

Book your place on the Dickens World Grand Tour Experience!

Tour times: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30 (Tours MUST be booked in advance)

Tickets: A flat rate price of £5.50 per person applies to all adults, children and concessions.

Key information

  • Recreational and educational attraction
  • Resource packs for all key stages
  • Cross curricular activities
  • Free site visits and accompanying tickets for teachers
  • Refreshments available
  • Ample coach parking
  • Special events diary

Additional Information

Address: Dickens World, Leviathan Way, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4LL
Telephone: 01634 890 421
The area/s in which this provider is available are:Home Counties, Greater London

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