Dickens World is a themed attraction located at Chatham Dockyard in Kent, England. Privately funded, it cost £6.2 million to create, and was opened to the public on 25 May 2007.
The complex was first conceived as far back as the 1970s: the original concept was the dream of late, Gerry O’Sullivan, and turned into a reality by Kevin Christie.
Following completion of the exterior of the building in the summer of 2006, attraction designers RMA Ltd set about the task of creating and fitting out this attraction.
RMA Ltd worked closely with Dickens World and the Dickens Fellowship to ensure the production of authentic storylines, characters, atmospheric streets, courtyards and alleyways were true to the period.
About Dickens World
Dickens World is a themed attraction based on the life and works of Charles Dickens. 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.
Attractions include the Haunted House of Ebenezer Scrooge (which incorporates a Pepper's ghost effect), a Victorian school room, a 4D high definition cinema show and "The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters", a themed bar and restaurant. There are also mockup Dickensian-style London buildings around a central square.
Use by the media
The courtyard scene in Dickens World is used for the opening titles for Oliver and Nancy searching TV show I'd Do Anything when it started on March 15, 2008.