Dickens World (Chatham) Reviews
Description:Dickens World / Leviathan Way / Chatham Maritime / Kent / ME4 4LL / Tel: 01634 890 421 / / Dickens World is a themed ... more
Dickens World (Chatham) ... attraction located at Chatham Dockyard, Kent. Privately funded, it cost £62 million to create, and was opened to the public on May 25, 2007. It is based around the life of author Charles Dickens, briefly a resident of Chatham as a child and who, as an adult, lived at Gads Hill Place in nearby Higham. Many of the locations and characters in his novels are based on buildings, places and people of the Medway Towns; for example Holcombe Manor was the inspiration for Dingley Dell, the house in Pickwick Papers. Although Dickens World is often referred to as a theme park, this is a misconception, given that the attraction is more about recreating a Victorian atmosphere for the experience of Dickens' world, rather than rides.
Newest Review: ... a ghost ready to pounce on any failure and severely reprimand you in front of the class. If you fail to score 20 points you will be cruelly punished - but thankfully (or unfortunately depending on your personality type) this never happened to anyone in my classroom! This attraction is clearly aimed at children as the questions were rather easy to answer, but I personally think it was a good ... more
Customer Dickens World (Chatham) Reviews (3)
by - written on 23/05/09, updated on 28/05/09 (Very useful, 590 readings)
Dickens World, created 2 years ago and located in an odd little complex in Chatham, Kent, doesn't seem like much from the outside in the middle of a car park surrounded by an Odeon cinema and shopping mall. However, when you step through the doors the modern world suddenly slips away and you are transported back in time to the dark and dingy Victorian times that all of Charles Dickens' novels so graphically portrayed. A word of warning - if you are expecting a theme park similar to Disney World you will be disappointed, but if you want the world of Dickens brought to life before your very eyes you will not be disappointed here! As you first enter ... Read the complete review
by - written on 04/12/08 (Very useful, 371 readings)
It was at the end of the summer when we were on our way to the continent, that we needed an activity as a distraction en-route to our overnight hotel. You might think that Southampton to Dover is not too far but it is just so boring a journey that we like to break it up if at all possible. A trawl of the internet for something suitable came up with Dicken's World as a relatively new and novel attraction, and being in Chatham it could loosely be described as being en-route. Fortunately, we were not greeted by the long queues bemoaned by many other visitors and there were acres of car park spaces. This should have told me what to expect, but without a second ... Read the complete review
by - written on 02/09/07, updated on 02/09/07 (Very useful, 1159 readings)
As we live in the heart of Kent, we had waited with great interest for the opening of the new Dickens world that was due to be opened in May 2007. It had be given a lot of publicity. The kids had all been talking about the new theme park that was opening just up the road!. Well not quite, 15 miles but to them I suppose it is very near. Dickens world is the new indoor family attraction. It took approximately 3 years to build. It is privately owned and cost £62 million. How could you not want to visit it when it is only 20 minutes away? Chatham docks closed over 20 years ago, over the last 5 to 10 years there has been alot of regeneration ... Read the complete review
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