Dickens' passion for the NW Kent area, and Rochester specifically, began on the day his family moved from Sheerness to Chatham when he was just four years of age. It ended on the day he died, fifty four years later at his country home, Gads Hill Place, just three miles from the old city centre.
Throughout those years, Dickens was drawn back time and time again for inspiration, culminating in the 'ancient, drowsy old city' being featured in it's entirety in his final, unfinished work - The Mystery of Edwin Drood - as Cloisterham. The only time in his 15 novels, 5 novellas and at least 300 short stories where he gave an entire town a pseudonym.
DISCOVER CHARLES DICKENS ROCHESTER
We run two versions of this tour, according to the time of year: Charles Dickens Rochester from Jan to Oct, and Dickens Rochester at Christmas during Nov and Dec. CLICK HERE to find out more.
The mystery of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
The perfect tour if you fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur sleuth! This tour focuses on just one of Dickens novels - and it's his final, unfinished and most baffling work. CLICK HERE to find out more.
CHARLES DICKENS - for KIDS!
2020 is is the 150th Anniversary of Dickens death and schoolchildren in the UK - and around the World - are studying his life and works. During school holidays we run a version of our 'Discover' public tour aimed at a younger audience. CLICK HERE to find out more!
From The Pickwick Papers, to The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rochester
holds a unique place in the writings of one of the UK's true literary genuises