Charles Dickens' London: The Writer's Journey

4.63 (43 ratings)
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Play a city game where you walk in the footsteps of one of Britain’s greatest writers, Charles Dickens.
You will learn about Dickens’s rags to riches life story and discover the locations that inspired his stories, from pickpockets’ lairs, prisons and courts, to historic pubs and hidden alleyways.
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  • Best during the day
  • Instagrammable
  • Kid friendly
  • Best for couples
  • Recommended activity for families

Places you will visit


It will take you

48-78 mins

You will walk

3940 steps

Total distance

3 km


  • Learn about Dickens’s extraordinary life, from child labourer to celebrated writer.

  • Explore the once brutal and crime-ridden streets of Clerkenwell and the stately legal district of Holborn where Dickens studied and worked.

  • Discover the darkened bars and inns where lawyers once jostled with scoundrels and Dickens met the colourful characters that would crowd his novels.


You are an aspiring writer in London. Since you have been here, you haven’t been able to write or sleep. You go for a walk to calm your mind and see an intense young man in a black top hat and coat. He resembles Charles Dickens, the famous Victorian writer who first inspired you to write. You know Dickens is long dead, but you become convinced that this man holds the key to breaking your spell of writer’s block. You decide to follow him.

Game route

Starting point Charles Dickens Museum
48-49 Doughty St, Holborn, London WC1N 2LX, UK
Finish point Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
145 Fleet St, London EC4A 2BU, UK
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Lucy Godley

13 Jul 2023


27 May 2023


17 Apr 2023

Jo jo

13 Apr 2023
Great fun and learnt loads!


05 Apr 2023
a few of the maps don’t match the instructions of how to walk but otherwise brillint

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