Dickens at Christmas: 7 places to visit around the UK

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Is there any novelist more closely linked with Yuletide than Charles Dickens? His story, A Christmas Carol, was an instant hit in 1843 and helped make Christmas fashionable again. It remains hugely popular, with its perennially relevant call for greater kindness and the end of greed.

It’s perhaps less well known that Dickens wrote about Christmas many times, often with radical intent, and without the sweet gloss the Carol would get from later adaptations.

To help you explore what the season meant to Dickens, here are 7 ideas from the Charles Dickens Museum for winter trips to the places that inspired his Christmas stories.

ghost-of-christmas-present The Ghost of Christmas Present visits Scrooge © Charles Dickens Museum

Royal Exchange and Cornhill, London

The story of A Christmas Carol is told through dreams. So how much is it possible to detect any real places that may have inspired it? Tony Williams…

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