I visited Dickens world with my daughters aged 12 and 18 during February half term. On arriving I didn't feel confident about our visit as the entrance and ticket office were tatty and a bit hap hazard. Lots of people wandering around not sure where to go. However, we were greeted by our tour guide, Hetty, who led us very enthusiastically on our tour. The scenery was fantastic and the stories interesting; Hetty was brilliant and stayed in character the whole time, drawing in all members of the group, old and young. Sadly that's where my compliments run out! What a missed opportunity - with the amazing scenery and talented actors this should be a winner but it just didn't add up. When we bought our tickets we were asked if we would like to buy tokens for games and refreshments in the Victorian courtyard which we duly did. On reaching the courtyard there was a tin can alley and some lemonade for sale with a chocolate fountain. It would have been fantastic if we had found some traditional Victorian games or dressing up maybe whereas we had to ask for token refunds instead. Neither the gentleman selling the lemonade or the ticket seller were dressed up - why? You have only got to look at the success of Disney to know that it is important to carry a theme through from beginning to end to give that 'transported in time' feeling. Maybe I was asking too much as the entrance cost was very reasonable but I just felt this attraction could so easily have been better.
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