Literary Inspired Weekends

England’s literary landscapes and locations are as diverse as the writers they stirred. We love following in the footsteps of our favourite authors on literary holidays and seeing the places they knew and loved spring to life. Genteel strolls around elegant cities conjure up images of petticoats and parasols. Clambering to the top of a windswept crag brings dreams of dark, brooding heroes and love torn asunder. From organised trails to self-guided literary trips, there are chances for inspiration all over the country.

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See a Shakespearian play at the Royal Shakespeare Company

See a Shakespearian play at the Royal Shakespeare Company

A world class experience awaits you at the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Performing arts
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Discover DH Lawrence country

Discover DH Lawrence country

Discover DH Lawrence country on the edge of Nottingham and follow in the footsteps of the county's most controversial literary hero.

Location: Eastwood, Nottinghamshire

Literature, film and TV
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Poetry of the Lakes

Poetry of the Lakes

Walking the natural phenomena that is the Lake District costs nothing and is arguably the most romantic place in England.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Hideaway in Thomas Hardy Country

Hideaway in Thomas Hardy Country

Spend a relaxing weekend deep in Hardy’s Wessex, and visit the landscape that the writer used as a backdrop for his tales of love and tragedy.

Location: Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Enjoy great views on top of the Worcestershire Beacon and follow in the footsteps of writers and composers including Sir Edward Elgar and C.S Lewis.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Discover the inspirational statue behind the Lewis Carroll poem Walrus and the Carpenter.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Literature, film and TV
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Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Stokesay Court was the setting for the mansions scenes in the film version of Ian McEwan's best selling novel, “Atonement”.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

Literature, film and TV
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Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Observe the trout on Esthwaite Water from the Tale of Jeremy Fisher and fields that inspired the Tale of Peter Rabbit and much more at Hill Top.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Head to Shakespeare’s home town and join in the annual party that marks the anniversary of the playwright’s birth.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Budget
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Explore the former home of writer Rudyard Kipling

Explore the former home of writer Rudyard Kipling

Bateman’s is a 17th Century house built in a Wealden Valley, and was once home to Jungle Book author, Rudyard Kipling.

Location: Burwash, East Sussex

Literature, film and TV
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Keat's Walk

Keat's Walk

Retrace the footsteps of one of England’s most celebrated poets – Keats.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Free
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Walk in the footsteps of Phillip Larkin

Walk in the footsteps of Phillip Larkin

Trace Phillip Larkin’s footsteps across the city of Hull where you feel that wherever he was, Larkin was simply 'here'.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Tours and trails
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Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Go to the quaint part of Kent that drew novelist Charles Dickens back time and time again.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Literature, film and TV
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Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe featured Ashby Castle as the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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See Housman's Blue Remembered Hills

See Housman's Blue Remembered Hills

A.E. Housman is best known for his book of poems ‘A Shropshire Lad’, in which he captured the essence of Shropshire.

Location: Clun, Shropshire

Unique Experiences
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Discover Laurie Lee Country

Discover Laurie Lee Country

A gorgeous, unspoiled corner of the Cotswolds.

Location: Slad Valley, Gloucestershire

Literature, film and TV
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Experience the locations that have inspired great literature

Experience the locations that have inspired great literature

The constantly changing scenery, dramatic landscapes and distinctive character of Yorkshire’s people have all been sources of literary inspiration.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Tours and trails
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A Famous Five adventure

A Famous Five adventure

Follow in the footsteps of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five with some castle capers and a seaside adventure by steam railway.

Location: Corfe Castle, Dorset

Literature, film and TV
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Explore the Midsomer Murders locations in Oxfordshire

Explore the Midsomer Murders locations in Oxfordshire

Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby as you explore Causton, Midsomer Newton and more on the trail of the Midsomer Murders locations.

Location: Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Literature, film and TV
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Have Dickens of a time in Allonby

Have Dickens of a time in Allonby

Discover the trials and tribulations of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins which formed the basis for the novel ‘The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices’.

Location: Allonby, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV

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