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Lewis Carroll, whose real name was Revd Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was a child from Daresbury village.

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The All Saints Lewis Carroll Centre is Open.

Heritage Open Days 2020 - Hidden Nature

Lewis Carroll’s Boyhood Walk

This circular walk of approximately 6 miles will take you from Daresbury church to the site of Daresbury Parsonage through fields and lanes that the young Lewis Carroll would have known, around the year 1840. His father, the Reverend Charles Dodgson, was the vicar of All Saints, Daresbury from 1827 – 1843. His third child and eldest son, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was born at the Parsonage and baptised at Daresbury church in 1832. He is known all over the world by his pen-name, Lewis Carroll.

The entrance to fields is mostly through kissing gates, not stiles, although there is the odd raised embankment.

Please follow the Country Code, keeping to the footpath over fields, leaving field gates as you find them, and taking litter home with you. Keep your dog under control, especially near livestock, and clean up after it!

When the route follows a lane, please take great care where there is no pavement or grass verge. Walk on the right, facing oncoming traffic, in single file if necessary, and cross to the left when approaching a sharp right hand bend, then cross back to the right after the bend. LOOK AND LISTEN.

Follow the current COVID-19 guidelines. Remember to keep a social distance from other people you may meet, and be especially aware when walking through farmyards.

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  • Churchman • Storyteller • University don • Pioneer photographer • Puzzler

The beautiful new building celebrates Daresbury’s world famous villager, the creator of Alice and all her adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. It also tells you a bit about his many interests and how his Daresbury childhood influenced the man he became.

A great visit for family, schools, wanderers or literary enthusiasts

  • Enjoy our elegant new building and the displays illustrating Lewis Carroll’s colourful life
  • Hear about his time in Daresbury, presented by local children and adults
  • Hear his stories presented by ‘King of Mirth’ Ken Dodd and dramatic Dillie Keane
  • Join a volunteer guide for a tour of the church where Lewis Carroll’s father was vicar
  • See things that Lewis Carroll saw as young Charlie Dodgson
  • Admire the stained glass window erected in his memory
  • Browse our themed shop, selling the new ‘Wonderland’ game
  • Contact us to discuss a themed school visit
  • Wander around Daresbury village with its old cottages, former smithy and pub, little changed since Lewis Carroll’s day

All Saints access can be limited by church services, weddings, baptisms, funerals and other church events – please check website diaries (see below)

  • Individuals free entry, donations welcome
  • Group tours by arrangement at low cost – coach parking available
  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilet facilities
  • Parking

Extend your visit – wander, drive, cycle or walk to nearby (approx 1.5 miles)

NT Lewis Carroll Birthplace site. Picnic in the Lewis Carroll Centenary Wood

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