London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum in London is the world's most important collection of material relating to the great Victorian novelist and social commentator.


The only surviving London home of Dickens (from 1837 until 1839) was opened as a Museum in 1925 and is still welcoming visitors from all over the world in an authentic and inspiring surrounding.


2016 events to be announced - the following are from 2015.


12-15 December 2015, 15.30, Saturday and Sunday 18.00, Monday and Tuesday 18.30
A Christmas Carol with Professor Michael Slater
Tickets: £15.00 (includes Museum visit)
Suitable for ages 9 and over.

Back by popular demand, the great Professor Michael Slater MBE will bring A Christmas Carol to life with wit and panache.

A much-loved annual festive treat, highly recommended by all at the Museum and the many visitors who return to experience it each year. If you are yet to hear Michael Slater bring the great works of Dickens to life, this is your chance.


12-19 December 2015, 10.00, 10.45, 11.30
Christmas Costumed Tours

Tickets: Adults £18.00, Concessions £14.00, Children £10.00


Step back in time to Christmas 1839…

Dickens and his young family are out enjoying the festivities and during their absence, the housemaid is up to no good ...


Whilst they are attending a Christmas Ball at the home of Ms Burdett-Coutts, their housemaid takes a break from her many duties and invites you to step through the original door of 48 Doughty Street and discover the secrets of the esteemed young writer and his growing family.


Walk in the footsteps of the celebrated young author as you enjoy an exclusive tour of Dickens’s ‘house in town’ filled with festive greenery, authentic Victorian fayre and the scent of citrus and spice.


16, 23, 30 December 2015, 18.30
Christmas by Candlelight
Tickets: £20.00 (includes Museum visit)


Rooms evocatively lit with an array of candles and lavishly decorated for Christmas will transport guests back into the Victorian era at our exclusive Christmas evening openings.


Experience Dickens’s beautifully restored former home just as the author would have seen it. Flickering lights illuminate the elegance of the beautifully furnished interiors, the desk where Dickens penned his works and the shadowy chambers of the Victorian basement.


Dickens often wrote into the night by candlelight and was fascinated by the effects created by flames. Guests will be able to surround themselves in what the Victorian writer called ‘a ruddy, homely... glow’ and experience rooms filled with festive greenery, authentic Victorian fayre and the scent of citrus and spice.


17 December 2015, 18.30
Dickens After Dark: Christmas Late
Tickets: £12.00


Walk in the footsteps of the great Victorian author this Christmas at our special late opening.


18-22, 27-29 December 2015, 15.30, Weekends: 18.00, Weekdays:18.30
A Christmas Carol
Tickets: £22.00 (includes Museum visit)
Suitable for ages 12 and over.


An exclusive evening at the Charles Dickens Museum. Enjoy the opportunity to explore Dickens’s home, dressed lavishly for Christmas, as darkness falls.  This magical experience is followed by a special candlelit performance of A Christmas Carol.


‘My house in town’, as Dickens referred to 48 Doughty Street, was an important place in the writer’s life: within these walls his eldest two daughters were born, his sister-in-law Mary died aged 17 and some of his best-loved novels were written, including Oliver Twist. It was in this house that he achieved lasting celebrity and universal recognition as one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

Venue Details

Expired - Event is in the past
The Charles Dickens Museum 
48 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LX

Box Office
0207 405 2127

Nearest tube
Russell Square

More info

All year
Closed over the Christmas Period on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Monday-Sunday 10.00-17.00
Last admission at 16.00, or as stated for special events

Special events: various prices
Adult: £8.00
Concession: £6.00
Child 6-16 years: £4.00
Children under 6 years: Free

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