Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum


Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum

I can't say I am a huge Dickens fanatic, nor have I read all of his books, but when when it comes to Christmas, Charles Dickens kind of comes with. I mean what is Christmas without 'A Christmas Carol'?


Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum

Well apparently Christmas was kind of a big thing to Charles and his family, and what better time of year to go to his former residence and see what it meant to him.

I had visited the museum before, but this was once upon a time when I wasn't actually a proper Londoner. I couldn't remember the pre-London visit all the well, so a re-visit of the Charles Dickens Museum was long overdue. So today I went.

Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum

As soon as I walked in, Christmas was all around. A lovely pine and cinnamony smell wafted through the hallway and the banister, the walls and chandeliers were decked in holly, mistletoe and lots of red ribbons.

Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum

I went to the gift shop to buy my ticket and started my visit. Each and every room of the house was festively decorated and atmospherically lit. Candles were flickering on the mantelpieces and pine garlands were draped across the walls. There was even a real Christmas tree set up in the parlour room on the first floor, with what looked like Victorian baubles.

Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum

The table in the dining room was set for a lavish Christmas dinner ready for the Dickens' family to dig in and the kitchen and supply rooms in the basement looked like a big Christmas meal was being cooked up, albeit the food was of the plastic kind.

Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum

I moved from one ambient room to the next and made my way back downstairs towards the cafe serving tea and home made cakes. These were of the real kind, by the way.

Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum

I loved being back at this lovely museum especially at this festive time of year. No humbug to be found here.

If you're around on Christmas Eve, do check out their special Christmas with Charles Dickens event

Comments

  1. Ohhh this is so cool! I can't say I'm a huge Dickens fan (maybe I should read some of his books for enjoyment instead of school), but this looks like it was so much fun!

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    1. I am the same, but this felt so Christmassy and I always love looking around historic houses.

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  2. This museum looks very historic and very interesting!
    I really like seeing historic buildings :)

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    1. Then I think you should definitely go and see this one some time. You'll like it.

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  3. This is amazing! It reminds me of something near me in Scotland called New Lanark which is preserved town from the same period. They do it up for Christmas too and it looks lovely!

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    1. Really?? That will go in the list for next year. That sounds so like something I would love. Thanks the tip.

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  4. It looks beautiful. I would love to visit it, so I'll make a note on my list of things to visit in London.

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    1. It's a lovely place to visit when it's not Christmas too. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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