Charles Dickens Private Walking Tour

London, England (7)


Charles Dickens Private Walking Tour Charles Dickens was a prolific writer who is best known for his novels, such as "Oliver Twist" and "A Tale of Two Cities." In 1842, he published "Private Walking Tour," a book that provides a walking tour of London. The book is divided into nine sections, each of which covers a different part of London. The first section covers the City of London, the financial district. The second section covers the West End, including the Theatre Royal and the Royal Opera House. The third section covers the East End, including the Tower of London and Whitechapel. The fourth section covers the South Bank, including the National Gallery and the Royal Festival Hall. The fifth section covers the West End again, this time including the Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. The sixth section covers the City of Westminster, including the Bank of England and the Tower of London. The seventh section covers the Home Counties, including Windsor Castle and the gardens of Kew. The eighth section covers the Isle of Wight, including the Royal Botanic Gardens. The ninth and final section covers the suburbs of London, including Hammersmith, Fulham, and Chelsea. The book is full of interesting facts and anecdotes about London, its history, and its people. For example, Dickens describes the Great Fire of London in detail, and he discusses the various neighborhoods in London, including the rookeries of Whitechapel and the slums of the East End. The Private Walking Tour is a fascinating book that provides a unique perspective on London. If you're interested in learning more about Charles Dickens and his life, the Private Walking Tour is a great place to start.


Tour Duration: 180 min

Charles Dickens Private Walking Tour

This walking tour will take us to places that both inspired Charles Dickens the writer but also those real locations that shaped Dickens the man.  All writers take inspiration from the people they meet and places they visit, and Charles Dickens was no different.  His novels are so successful because he so enjoyed wandering the streets of London and picking up the rich details of everyday life.

What's included

Below are items that the provider has stated are included with Charles Dickens Private Walking Tour at no additional cost

  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup

What's NOT included

Below are items that the tour provider of Charles Dickens Private Walking Tour has stated that may cost an additional fee if desired.

  • London Underground Tube ticket
  • Entrance to Charles Dickens House Museum

Points Of Interest

  • 20 minutes: See locations relating to Little Dorrit and visit where Dickens family were imprisoned.
  • 10 minutes: The site of the old debtors prison that so influenced the young Charles Dickens.
  • 10 minutes: These beautiful and largely unvisited gardens were created by a contemporary pf Charles Dickens and in her own way equally famous social reformer in what was one of the worst streets in London and close to where Dickens lived as a boy.
  • 5 minutes: Stand on Nancys Steps where poor Nancy met her end
  • 25 minutes: Visit sites of poverty that inspired Dickens to write. See the places where the pick-pockets operated in Oliver Twist and much more
  • 15 minutes: We will pass by this famous theatre and learn about the history and locations nearby.
  • 5 minutes: The oldest court in the western world in effect is next to the notorious old Newgate Prison and site of public executions to Victorians in fact and fiction.
  • 15 minutes: Learn about Winchester Geese and the lives of the poor and forgotten as we follow in the footsteps of how Dickens would walk to work.
  • 5 minutes: Find out about an inadvertent impact St Pauls had on the life of Charles Dickens
  • 15 minutes: As well as seeing the outside of this very famous church we will visit the legal districts where characters such as Pip would feature. Please note sometimes at weekends, access to this area is closed to the public.
  • 15 minutes: Visit the outside of the actual Old Curiousity Shop, perhaps the oldest shop in London and right next to what was then a place of terrible poverty.
  • 10 minutes: The most famous newspaper street in the world which amongst other things not only played an important role in the life of Charles Dickens but the alleys and taverns also feature in his literature.
  • 20 minutes: This area is full of Dickensian history especially relating to Bleak House and is also the home to the biographer of Charles Dickens
  • minutes: See some of the pubs that Dickens himself drank in and where characters visited in the novels.
  • 5 minutes: We visit other literary places along the way, including the outside of the home of the man who wrote the Dictionary.
  • 10 minutes: Visit the alleyway where poor Krook spontaneously combusted infront of his shop.
  • 20 minutes: Pass through parts of Bloomsbury and see where Charles Dickens lived after he had become successful and enjoy the sumptuous streets of this literary hotspot.
  • 60 minutes: We finish the tour at the front door of the Charles Dickens Museum, his perfectly preserved house which you'll no doubt want to explore and perhaps have a well deserved cup of tea in the delightful restaurant at the back.

Additional Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • We have earmarked this tour as especially safe during the Coronavirus outbreak due to generally quiet places that we visit where social distancing is generally not a problem. All of our tours are private so it is just you/your family and your guide.  To make it easier and safer for all concerned we would suggest starting this tour a little later than the usual time, perhaps around 10.30-11am which allows us all to miss rush-hour. We are happy to still come to your hotel to meet you but for the moment we would suggest meeting us at the tour starting point.  This allows you to arrive by a taxi or uber rather than public transport. Please feel free to wear masks throughout or at times during the tour.  Your guide will also have a mask with them.
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Your guide and yourself are welcome to wear face masks and we will keep to the UK law regarding social distancing.