As you might’ve been able to tell from my monthly updates, I like reading. And I do it a lot. But not only do I like books
Instead of by place, this list is made by author. If you have any other English authors that you love, let me know and I’ll try to figure out what places you should visit!
Stratford-Upon-Avon – the place where Shakespeare lived and died. Stratford-Upon-Avon is a very old typical English town with cobbled streets and old-looking buildings.
The Globe in London – a modern recreation of Shakespeare’s famous theatre. Here, you can watch a play the way someone from Shakespeare’s time might’ve done.
2. Jane Austen
The Jane Austen Centre in Bath
Jane Austen’s grave in Winchester Cathedral
Chatsworth House – also known as Pemberley in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Belton House – also known as Netherfield Park in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Castle Ashby – the inspiration for Mansfield Park
Box Hill in Surrey – where they filmed Mr Knightley telling Emma that her joke was “badly done”.
3. Bram Stoker
Whitby cathedral – this is supposedly what gave Stoker the inspiration for the story of Dracula. The town of Whitby is also featured in the novel as the place where Dracula first entered the UK.
New Slains castle in Aberdeenshire – this castle is widely believed to be the inspiration for Dracula’s own castle.
4. Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter grew up in the Lake District and lived here for most of her life. If you’re a fan, you can definitely tour around this wonderful area of England and visit the following places:
The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead – formerly the law offices of Beatrix Potter’s husband. A new exhibition every year to inspire you and children.
Hill Top, Near Sawrey – Hill Top and its surroundings acted as inspiration for many of Potter’s books. Each room of the house contains some of her most treasured possessions but also a reference to one of her stories.
Wray Castle – Beatrix Potter was sixteen when she first visited this castle and fell in love with the Lake District.
5. Lewis Carroll
Oxford – this is where Wonderland came to live. Carroll taught in Oxford and was out on a picnic with his friend’s three daughters. To entertain them, he started to tell them a story. Three years later, that story was published.
Guildford – Carroll bought a large Georgian house neighbouring Guildford Castle as a home for his six unmarried sisters. It is also said that he wrote Through the Looking Glass while visiting them.
6. J.K. Rowling
In contrast to all the other authors on this list, J.K. Rowling is still alive. And there are a lot of places in England that you can visit that have a connection to her and her books.
Warner Bros Studio Tour in London – more about the films than the books but still an amazing place to visit and lose yourself in the Wizarding World.
Platform 9-and-three-quarters at King’s Cross Station in London.
Oxford – the university in Oxford was used for several filming locations such as Christ Church College’s Great Hall and staircase in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Gloucester Cathedral – where they filmed many bathroom scenes such as the ones with Moaning Myrtle flooding the toilets and Hermione getting trapped by a troll.
Alnwick Castle – this castle was used in the movies for many outdoor scenes such as broomstick flying lessons and Quidditch matches.
Not in England, but definitely worth a visit, is Edinburgh. Not only can you visit the Elephant house (the ‘birthplace’ of Harry Potter), you can also go and see the real-life version of Diagon Alley, see the school building that was the inspiration for Hogwarts and visit the graveyard where many of the namesakes of characters we know so well rest in peace.