Dickens World Theme Park
Charles Dickens theme park opens
Dickens World Leviathan Way,
Dickens World is open every day from 10am until 7pm (excluding Christmas Day); last admissions at 5pm.
The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters Bar & Restaurant are open into the evening serving food and drink.
The estimated visit length is 4 hours.
Official Dickens world website: www.dickensworld.co.uk
Great Expectations for Dickens World
May 2007 saw the opening of an innovative and exciting new £62m (US$122m) indoor visitor complex in Chatham, Kent, England.
Dickens World is themed around the life, work and times of one of Britain’s best loved authors, Charles Dickens.
Dickens World will take visitors on a journey of Dickens lifetime as they step back in time to Dickensian England to experience the highs and lows of urban life complete with sounds and smells.
Visitors will feel as though they have returned to one of the most exciting periods of British History to see ‘The Best and Worst of Times’ as they immerse themselves in the imposing architecture and street scenes which are so vividly described in Dickens’ novels, supported by our cast of characters who bring his world to life.
Dickens world features Europe’s largest themed dark boat ride, transporting visitors from the depths of London’s sewers through atmospheric streets, courtyards, markets and shops, to a magical flight across the roof tops of London. The ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge will come back to haunt you in the Haunted House and children can have fun in Fagin’s Den – the children’s play area.
A 250 seater ‘theatre’ provides an up to the minute multi-sensory animatronic performance throughout the day, and a live ‘supper’ show in the evening.
The courtyard areas allow visitors to wander freely around the Dickens World attraction, soaking up the atmosphere and exploring the streets, alleys, courtyards, dockside, shops and a themed restaurant. Peggoty’s Boat House – a moving platform experience, The School Room – The Dreaded Disciplines of Victorian Education, Crime and Punishment and The Old Curiosity Shoppe complete the experience.
Dickens World is based on a credible and factual account of Charles Dickens works and the world in which he lived. Working with The Dickens Fellowship great attention has been paid to the authenticity of the time, characters and story lines. It offers a new and entertaining way to enjoy Dickens and his characters as well as gaining an understanding of the times and conditions people experienced living in England in the early 19th century. Dickens World has a predicted dwell time of four hours and can offer an exciting and full day out in conjunction with the other facilities on the site. In addition, visitors can take advantage of a number of branded restaurants, cafes and bars, the nearby Royal Historic Dockyard , a factory outlet shopping mall and a nine-screen multiplex cinema operated by Odeon
Dickens World is situated at Chatham Maritime in Kent, a few miles from the historic town of Rochester. It has excellent motorway and rail links, close to the M2, M20 and M25 motorways and is just a mile away from Chatham and Rochester stations, where trains run to London's Victoria Station. The Eurostar link at is 15 minutes away.
The Dickens World development signals a further step in the regeneration of the site of the former Royal Naval Dockyard which employed Dickens’ father and inspired many of the writer’s works. The transformation over the last ten years, under the guidance of the South East England Development Agency, has led to new housing, marinas, shops and a new campus for Greenwich and Kent University.
The Dickens World project is headed by Kevin Christie who as had a long career in managing media companies. The attraction designed by Gerry O’Sullivan-Bere is being installed by RMA Ltd. Heritage Projects (part of the Continuum Group) is handling all marketing, PR and operations.
How to Find Dickens World By Road:
The quickest and easiest route to DICKENS WORLD by road, is via the A2/M2 motorway Junction 1.
Follow the brown anchor signs and use the A289 (Wainscott Bypass) and the Medway Tunnel straight to the front door!
Chatham is only a 1 hour drive from London, Dover and the Channel Tunnel and a short distance from the M25. The site is sign posted from junctions 1, 3 and 4 of the M2, follow the brown anchor tourist signs.
Dickens World is also accessible from the M2 motorway using Junction 1,3 & 4
From Junctions 1 & 4 of the M2 motorway: Follow the A289 to the Medway Tunnel. At the tunnel follow signs to Chatham and the brown tourist signs.
From Junction 3 of the M2 motorway and Junction 6 of the M20 motorway: Follow the signs to Chatham, A229, then A230 and A231 and the brown tourist signs. Brown anchor signs lead to the site which is located next to Chatham Historic Dockyard, the Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre and the Odeon Cinema.
Detailed map of Dickens World location click here
Dickens World has "ample parking".
For the purpose of Satellite Navigation our Postcode is ME4 4LL Leviathan Way
How to Find Dickens World By Rail
London Charing Cross, London Bridge & London Victoria stations lead to Chatham Station.
At Chatham Station follow signs for the bus station area located next to the station. From here take the Dockside Outlet Shuttle Bus. These shuttle buses running to the site leaving every 10 minutes.
Taxis are normally available on the rank at the station