Follow in the footsteps of our literary giants

Elizabeth Yu / 28 January 2016 ( 17 January 2017 )

From Shakespeare to Roald Dahl, AA Milne and more. Discover the places associated with some of our best-loved authors.



Where to visit the places most closely associated with our literary giants.

Shakespeare Country, Warwickshire.

The Warwickshire town of Stratford upon Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the site of his family home, New Place.

See one of his plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company, or simply walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore picturesque Stratford upon Avon itself, the place he called home.

www.shakespeares-england.co.uk/stratford-upon-avon

Roald Dahl’s Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden (the village where the much-loved writer lived and wrote for 36 years) explores the stories, characters and life of one of the UK's most cherished children's authors.

www.roalddahl.com/museum

Brontë Country, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire Pennies.

Discover the windswept landscapes of heather and moors that inspired the Brontë sisters in writing their classic novels – including Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Geographically, Brontë Country consists of the Pennine hills of West Yorkshire, as well as Kirklees and Calderdale.  The land’s geology of millstone grit and dark sandstone gives the crags and scenery an air of bleakness and desolation.

Visitors to the village of Haworth, where the sisters grew up, can discover more about their lives at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. 

www.bronte-country.com

Beatrix Potter’s Lake District

The much-loved children’s author, best known for her beautifully illustrated children’s books of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and friends, spent many childhood holidays in the Lake District, an area that was a huge influence on her writing.

www.visitcumbria.com/beatrix-potter

Dickens Country, Kent

You can discover the real hub and inspirational backdrop for the great man himself in Kent, where he spent much of his childhood and lived out the final 13 years of his life.

The county is where stories like Great Expectations and Pickwick Papers really come alive, with many of the original settings surviving into the 21st century.

Dickens World The Grand Tour is a 90-minute interactive guided tour experience in Chatham that takes visitors back in time to the Victorian England that Charles Dickens knew and wrote about.

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A.A. Milne’s East Sussex (Ashdown Forest)

Ashdown Forest is the setting for A.A. Milne’s most famous creation, Winnie the Pooh.

In Ashdown Forest you can find the ‘locations’ of many of Christopher Robin and friends’ adventures, including Roo’s sandpit and the North Pole.

To visit the places from the Pooh stores, download a map from the Ashdown Forest website or take a tour of Pooh Country.

www.pooh-country.co.uk

James Herriot Country, Yorkshire

James Alfred Wright wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot and his books based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon in North Yorkshire made him one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century. 

Herriot’s books spawned two films in the mid-1970s and the classic TV series All Creatures Great and Small, which showed the North Yorkshire landscape at its best.

Discover the life and books of the author at his home museum attraction in Thirsk, and explore the beautiful locations where the hit TV series was filmed.

www.worldofjamesherriot.com

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