Charles Dickens got to know the Southwark area during the early years of his life when his father was sent to Marshalsea debtor’s prison in 1824

Young Charles regularly visited him which sparked ideas and themes and inspired characters which would later reappear to colour many of the novelist’s best-known works. 

On this walk a Cathedral guide will lead you to some of the places associated with Pickwick Papers, The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield and Little Dorrit finishing with a visit to St George the Martyr Church on Borough High Street.

This fascinating tour of Dickens starts at Southwark Cathedral’s Millennium Courtyard, Montague Close, SE1 and lasts about one and a half hours.


Walking Tour                                                                                                     £9.00

Cathedral Tour + Escorted Walk with a Cathedral Guide       £14.00

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

*To qualify for these rates, the minimum number of people per group is 10. The maximum number per group is 53 people.

We are willing to consider group visits 7 days per week however these will be subject to services and other activities taking place.

Further Information

For more information, to request a group  brochure or make a booking, please contact our Visits & Tours Officer by email  or  telephone  on 020 7367 6734.

Alternatively, please download our booking form here and send it as an email attachment.

All profits generated by Group Visits are used to help maintain the ministry and fabric of Southwark Cathedral.