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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Join the Bloomsbury Set

Join the Bloomsbury Set

Just outside of Brighton is Charleston, home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Literature, film and TV
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Be enlightened by Auden in Eden

Be enlightened by Auden in Eden

Eden is a place that profoundly influenced Auden’s work and his love for the landscape lasted his entire life and featured constantly in his work.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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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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Get wordy with Wordsworth

Get wordy with Wordsworth

Discover the inspirational home of William Wordsworth, Rydal Mount, for a spot of perfect and enjoyable beauty.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

From Cranford to Harry Potter, Lacock has starred in many film classics.

Location: Lacock, Wiltshire

Literature, film and TV
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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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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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A literary delight in Buckingham Old Gaol

A literary delight in Buckingham Old Gaol

This 18th century prison is now home to the Flora Thompson collection, renowned author of the semi-autobiographical trilogy, Lark Rise to Candleford.

Location: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Heritage
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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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Visit the location of The Railway Children

Visit the location of The Railway Children

Step back in time and relive the famous story of The Railway Children. Watch steam trains puff along the valley and visit key locations in the film.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Tours and trails
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Read John Keats' love letters at Keats House

Read John Keats' love letters at Keats House

Read love letters and poems from John Keats to Fanny Brawne in the home where the poet fell in love and wrote some of his finest poetry.

Location: Hampstead, Greater London

Castles and Historic Properties
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Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Be transported back to the Victorian era as members of the Dickens Fellowship read some of Charles Dickens' most beloved works.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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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Become a Brontë sister for the day

Become a Brontë sister for the day

The Brontë Sisters are one of the world's most remarkable literary families. Come and see the dramatic countryside that inspired them.

Location: Haworth , West Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Discover Enid Blyton's Old Thatch Gardens

Discover Enid Blyton's Old Thatch Gardens

A quintessentially English garden situated close to the River Thames and the Chiltern Hills

Location: Bourne End, Buckinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Lose yourself in Neverland at Nottingham Arboretum

Lose yourself in Neverland at Nottingham Arboretum

The Arboretum just outside Nottingham’s city centre is said to be the inspiration behind J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale ‘Peter Pan’.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

City parks
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Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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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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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Travel back in time, and experience the spa town through the eyes of its famed literary daughter.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Culture

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