image for Historic House item typeGad's Hill Place

Historic House, £9.50


Gravesend Visitor Centre

01474 337600


Rochester Road, Higham, Gravesend,

Gad's Hill Place - Home of Charles Dickens

Gad's Hill Place - Home of Charles Dickens


His family was plagued with financial problems. However this imposing structure seemed to be part of a different world. His father noted his interest and told Charles that if he "were to be very persevering and work very hard" he might one day live there. He did. He bought the house in 1856 and lived there until his death in 1870.Gad's Hill has now become a school.

"Bless you, sir," said the very queer small boy, "when I was not more than half as old as nine, it used to be a treat for me to be brought to look at it. And now, I am nine, I come by myself to look at it. And ever since I can recollect, my father, seeing me so fond of it, has often said to me, 'If you were to be very persevering and were to work hard, you might some day come to live in it.' Though that's impossible!" said the very queer small boy, drawing a low breath, and now staring at the house out of window with all his might. - The Uncommercial Traveller - Travelling Abroad

Coach parties acceptedAccepts groups

Children welcomeGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Special dedicated dates through the year.


Please note, group visits can be arranged. For more information, contact Towncentric, Gravesend Visitor Centre, on 01474 337600.



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Map reference: TQ 707711  Lat: 51.41322 Long: 0.45326


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed