Charles Dickens Museum in King’s Cross, London

The Charles Dickens Museum in London is a wonderful place for school age children, especially when they are learning about the Victorian era and reading Oliver Twist with their teacher.

Two of his daughters were born here, his sister-in-law Mary died aged 17 in an upstairs bedroom and some of Dickens’s best-loved novels were written here, including  Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

They have recently undergone a refurbishment and are offering family trails and activities, so it’s worth checking out. Here are details for families from their website:

Visiting the Charles Dickens Museum with children

A visit to the Museum  includes a free family trail for each child. Suitable for children between 4 and 12 years, the trail takes children on a journey of discovery through No. 48 Doughty Street, where Dickens once lived with his wife and young family.

Exploration of our basement  reveals our wonderful Victorian kitchen, full of period and replica items you can interact with. Try your hand at grinding coffee and look out for our resident hedgehog Bill Spikes!

There are costumes for dressing up in both the kitchen and the attic to give a flavour of what life was like upstairs and down. There is even a beautiful Victorian toy theatre in our timeline room  where you can put on your own play.

Cafe

The cafe is open to the public every day (including Christmas) and you do not need to pay for admission to the museum to enjoy the cafe.

They serve Garraways Fairtrade coffee and cakes from The Little London Bakery.

Have you been to Charles Dickens Museum in King’s Cross, London with your family? Please leave a quick comment below to let us know what you thought.

 

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Janis is a cheery and versatile digital expert with a healthcare background, usually seen either geeking out or sprinting through North London trying to catch her kids, Mads and Danger Boy. Thanks to her two boisterous rascals, she has become an expert in soft play areas, parks, energetic music classes, and where to get a stiff drink once they’ve gone to bed.
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