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In Charles Dickens' Footsteps: Wednesdays

Follow the great author's journeys around the City of London

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) knew London well: he walked its streets and alleyways from a young age and drew much of his inspiration from London’s people and places. Dickens said: ‘A day in London sets me up again and starts me. But the toil and labour of writing day after day, without that magic lantern is immense’. 

His novels and newspaper articles paint a vivid picture of London and Londoners in early modern times, and he referred to London as his inspiration. This walk explores episodes from Dickens’ own life in London, and events and settings in his novels such as Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol and The Pickwick Papers.

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

To book: visit our Eventbrite page

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick

We offer daily, weekly and monthly walks around the City of London 

Our daily walks run from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's. You need to book via Eventbrite to secure you place. Note: the cut-off time for booking our daily walks is 21:00hrs the night before. If we don't have any bookings then the walk will not take place. Read our policy on Refunds.

Our weekly walks have individual booking pages and earlier cut-off times, please see the individual listing.  

NEW!

We've added 3 new walks for this season:

Secrets and Symbols, News from Fleet Street, and From Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde

Billingsgate Roman House and Baths open 

This unique site is now open for this season of tours. Find out more.

Private tours

If you'd like to organise your own walk, lecture or a virtual tour, then please use our Find a Guide section. If you're a member of an Arts Society or a U3A, a school or another group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who'd like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book a walk with us? 

If you've been on a walk recently we'd love to hear from you. Why not leave a review on our TripAdvisor page? We've been awarded TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice for 2023!