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Arriving in Rochester is like stepping foot into The Pickwick Papers, with the imposing castle and cathedral and its Victorian High Street complete with Dickens' very own Rochester residence. Rochester offers everything for the Dickens fan inside you, with Miss Havisham's cottage, Eastgate House, Topes Residence and even Pumblechook's House.

Back in London, there's also the Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, his former residence, where he wrote such classics as Nicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. Here you'll find out so much more about his personal and public life as well as see original manuscripts and incomplete novels.

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Charles Dickens Tours

One of the United Kingdom's many literary heroes is Charles Dickens, author of works such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and - of course - A Christmas Carol. What you may not know, is that many of the settings for these stories are real places located very close to London.

As well as Dickens' house and museum in London, there's the historic town of Rochester, in Kent, where Dickens lived for many years and where he set various novels such as The Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations.