Literary Places to Visit in the UK
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Literary Places to Visit in the UK

Literary Places to Visit in the UK

I love a Literary historical site, and the UK has tons of them. Today I thought I would share a list of literary places to visit in the UK. Including some I’ve visited before, and ones still on my to-do list.

Literary Places to Visit in the UK

London

There are too many authors that have lived in London to count, but some of the most famous include Charles Dickens, John Keats, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Set and so many more.

Charles Dickens Museum

Pop to the Charles Dickens Museum to see the only surviving residence of the great author. This is the home where he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. There are a lot of exhibitions for families with young children and the average passerby.

Keats House

If you’re a lover of John Keats’ poetry, as I am, then you definitely need to visit the Keat’s Museum. In Hampstead Heath you’ll find an unassuming house, this is where John Keats lived briefly and fell in love with Fanny Brawne.

Platform 9 and 3/4, Kings Cross

Any fan of Harry Potter will know all about Platform Nine and Three Quarters. In Kings Cross Station you’ll find a shop and a photo opportunity of you pushing a trolley through the wall. There is, of course, the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, just outside of London as well for any fans of the movie.

221b Baker Street

If you love mystery, then you’ll definitely enjoy a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, otherwise known as 221b Baker Street.

Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey

To pay your respects to the literary genius’ from the past, visit Westminster Abbey and find Poet’s Corner. You will find memorials to Lord Byron, George Eliot and William Shakespeare and graves of Geoffrey Chaucer, Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens, among others.

Shakespeare’s Globe

For fans of Shakespeare, you will want to see a play at Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s not the original but an accurate recreation of the original Globe Theatre from the late 1500s and early 1600s when Shakespeare’s plays were first performed.

Manchester

Manchester has a bustling literary history, from Elizabeth Gaskell to Karl Marx, Carol Ann Duffy and Anthony Burgess.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

This stunning house looks like Elizabeth Gaskell just popped out for a stroll. Elizabeth wrote many of her popular books in this home, documenting industrial life in fiction.

East Sussex

East Sussex has beautiful countryside and was home to many popular writers including Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling and Ashdown Forest.

Monk House, Virginia Woolf’s Home

Fans of Virginia Woolf’s stunning writing will want to visit her home when it re-opens in 2023. It was a beautiful hideaway for Leonard and Virginia Woolf, although it was also the home where Virginia lived when she drowned herself in the nearby Ouse River.

Batemans, Rudyard Kipling’s Home

For fans of The Jungle Book and Kim, I recommend visiting Batemans. I famously, to my family at least, fell in the ponds at Batemans. Many of Kipling’s possessions remain, and you can see where he often wrote and walked to map out his stories.

Ashdown Forest

The forest that inspired the creation of the Hundred Acre Wood featured in A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Beautifully conserved, this stunning forest is a perfect spot for a stroll and a picnic for families and for Winnie fans the world over.

Devon

Greenway House, Agatha Christie’s Home

In Torquay, you can visit the home of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. Greenway was Christie’s holiday home and still is a holiday home to this day. Time your visit correctly and you can visit at the same time as the annual Agatha Christie Festival.

Cornwall

Beautiful stories were created in Cornwall, from Daphne Du Maurier’s many psychological and domestic thrillers to Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poetry and even the legend of King Arthur.

Jamaica Inn

Walk across Bodmin Moor to the inn where Daphne based her popular novel on. Du Maurier lived in Cornwall in Fowey and later the Menabilly Estate which is the home she based Manderley from Rebecca on.

Edinburgh

The Elephant House

Enjoy breakfast or a coffee at The Elephant House in Old Town in Edinburgh and soak up the literary powers of J.K. Rowling from when she first wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

The Writer’s Museum

Love Scottish writers? Be sure to take some time to visit The Writer’s Museum. Focusing on three Scottish writers: Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns. They regularly have exhibitions highlighting other Scottish writers as well.

Oxford

The home of many literary genius’ including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Helen Fielding and William Golding.

The Eagle and the Child Pub

Where popular writers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were part of a writer’s group, The Inklings, and wrote some of their masterpieces in the worlds of Narnia and Middle Earth.

Oxford Botanic Gardens

If you love Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials you can visit Lyra and Will’s bench. Read the inscriptions written into the wood and walk around the beauty of the botanical garden as a plus.

Lake District

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House

In the stunning hills of the Lake District, you’ll find a little cottage surrounded by gardens. Beatrix Potter moved to the Lake District after the success of her first novels, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix loved the Lake District and worked hard to ensure its beauty would never be disturbed by industry.

Hampshire

Jane Austen is one of the UK’s most beloved novelists.

Chawton Cottage

Visit Jane Austen’s home and now a museum to see the home where she wrote many of her six novels including Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility. She also has strong links to Bath, but her time there was rather unhappy. It was at Chawton that she found her biggest inspiration.

Yorkshire

Fans of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, will definitely want to make a Pilgrimage to Haworth. But don’t forget Bram Stoker and his vampiric tales.

The Bronte Parsonage

In Haworth, you can visit the Bronte Parsonage and Museum. The home of the Bronte sisters and their father and brother. This beautifully preserved parsonage is home to many of the Bronte’s belongings and greatest works. You can also walk to the church opposite to visit their final resting places and pay your respects.

Whitby Abbey

Head to nearby Whitby to view the ruins of the 13th century Abbey, the location that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Be prepared for a climb though, there are 199 steps to walk up before you see the gorgeous sight of the North Sea.

What other literary places in the UK would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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