Includes British Martime/Naval Heritage and Call the Midwife filming locations
Private departures, date of your choice (subject to vehicle/guide availability)
Rochester is a gem of a city with a cathedral and Norman castle. It overflows with Dickens sites, places where he lived and those mentioned in his books such as ‘Mrs Havisham’s House’ in Great Expectations, the real Restoration House. This is a home with an interesting history, connections to Cromwell and King Charles II plus it offers a large walled garden with a Tudor wall.
Chatham Historic Dockyard is a maritime museum covering over 80 acres located on part of what was the Royal Navy’s main docks for several hundred years. Charles Dickens lived in the area as a child when his father found work for a time as a Naval clerk. Dickens loved the Docks, returned often as an adult, and referred to them as a “place of wonderment.” Today the museum is a collection of several historic buildings and museums including 3 Naval warships, a recreation of working life on the docks circa 1758, a Victorian rope factory, a lifeboat memorial with 17 historic vessels and an old smithery. Fans of the BBC show Call the Midwife might find the area familiar as this is where much of the series is filmed, the docks ‘playing’ London’s East End of the 1950s.