image for Historic House item typeGad's Hill Place

Historic House, £9.50

Contact

Gravesend Visitor Centre

01474 337600

Address

Rochester Road, Higham, Gravesend,
Kent,
ME3 7DS

Gad's Hill Place - Home of Charles Dickens

Gad's Hill Place - Home of Charles Dickens

Details

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.

Prices

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

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Jun Tour of Gad's Hill Place
Sat 9 - Sun 10 Jul Tour of Gad's Hill Place
Sat 13 - Sun 14 Aug Tour of Gad's Hill Place
Sat 10 - Sun 11 Sep Tour of Gad's Hill Place
Sat 8 - Sun 9 Oct Tour of Gad's Hill Place

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 707711  Lat: 51.41322 Long: 0.45326

Facilities

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