Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Dickens World Nears Completion

The major new tourist attraction Dickens World, at the Royal Dockyard at Chatham in Kent, is almost ready for its Easter opening.

It replaces the popular Charles Dickens Centre at Eastgate House in the neighbouring historic city of Rochester, and has cost 62 million to create.

The idea will be to transport visitors back in time to experience the sights, sounds and even smells of the early 19th century, with rides and exhibits based on some of the Victorian novelist's best known stories, including "Great Expectations", "A Christmas Carol" and "Oliver Twist".

Charles Dickens was born at Portsmouth and spent much of his early life in London, before settling in Kent.