Literary Places to visit in England

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, I also like anything that has to do with books. And some of the greatest authors in history are from the UK. I have made it my mission to visit as many literary places in England as possible.

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!

1. Shakespeare

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

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton

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.

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12 Comments

  1. 2 March 2019 / 10:28 am

    Wow! that is really interesting, I would love to explore all these places.

  2. 17 February 2019 / 9:50 pm

    Great round-up! We plan to visit this summer and my daughters would love to explore your list!

  3. Sarah
    15 February 2019 / 2:26 pm

    Some day I will visit Jane Austen’s house.

  4. 15 February 2019 / 5:27 am

    As a Literature major, I will love ro visit some of these places. Doing a literary tour would be so nice.

  5. Chelle Dizon
    14 February 2019 / 11:55 am

    Wow that is really interesting! I didn’t even know that Gloucester Cathedral was the one they used for Harry Potter’s movie scene.

  6. aisasami
    13 February 2019 / 6:15 pm

    What a great post and finds for those bookworms out there who are looking to travel to England!

  7. 13 February 2019 / 12:55 pm

    As a book nerd this post is near and dear to my heart. I will admit those castles are stunning but anything Harry Potter is a must see!

  8. Joanna
    13 February 2019 / 10:53 am

    From all of these places I have only been to Bath and to the platform 9 and 3/4 – which is so crowded at any time of the day you would go to see it. Bath is lovely though.

  9. 13 February 2019 / 8:12 am

    So many historical places to see. I’ve been wanting to see Jane Austen’s house, now I’m going to add these to my list. I like the overwhelming emotions I get when I visit historical sites.
    This was a good read. I’m pinning it for later.

  10. 13 February 2019 / 2:51 am

    Great article! My mom is a writer, and I know she will love this. I’ll have to pass it on to her.

  11. 12 February 2019 / 4:44 pm

    So many historical places to see in that area! I lived in Germany for awhile and it was fun to be around the old medieval towns, ancient ruins, and other cultural gems. Being from the west coat in the United States, when I first traveled out to our eastern side, I was amazed at things that were only 300 years old! In Germany I lived down the street from a village that was 800 years old!

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