The museum’s literal and metaphorical centrepiece is the Coronis, a narrowboat built by the same company that built the Titanic.
You’re immediately hit in the face by the amazing primary-hued entrance hall where a pair of faceless, fish-and-chip scoffing Dandy characters stand poised for your posing pleasure
The tour was brilliantly interactive, which really helped to bring Dickens’ world to life – even for two three and a half year olds who have literally no idea who Dickens was.
A veritable Aladdin’s Cave of stuff that will make you say “oh my God, will you look at this?” a thousand times over.
The museum is really cleverly arranged and great for toddlers, in spite of some of the subject matter going over their heads.
I can probably think of 100 museums I’d rather go to and the majority of them would be considerably cheaper than this one.
The playground is perfect for imaginative play and, in our case, the never-ending game of hide and seek that we’ve been playing since October 2018.
Lovely if you fancy taking your little one somewhere a bit nicer than all the usual slightly skeggy kids’ haunts.
The cats were of course all absolute babes, with favourites including Maine Coon brothers Jack and Jasper, and a Devon Rex called Trixie, who I’m obsessed with.
Climbers and Creeper is at best now a glorified bus shelter for those days when rain wasn’t forecast but it pisses it down anyway.