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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Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Follow in the footsteps of the monastic sleuth, Cadfael, by visiting the Abbey where the books and TV series were set.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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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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Take a 'Christmas Carol’ Guided Tour

Take a 'Christmas Carol’ Guided Tour

Join a Christmas Carol guided tour to see some of the film’s most memorable locations.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Tours and trails
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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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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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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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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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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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Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

November welcomes Leicester’s annual Literary Festival organised by the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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Tour Test Valley to discover an inspiring literary heritage

Tour Test Valley to discover an inspiring literary heritage

From The Mayor of Casterbridge to a very special Tank Engine; travel through Test Valley and read between the lines.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Literature, film and TV
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Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

The magnificent house, gardens and deer park at Lyme Park was the filming location for the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Location: Lyme Handley, Cheshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Uncover the mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes

Uncover the mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes

Spend a day on the trail in London of the world’s most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick, Dr Watson.

Location: London

Rainy day ideas
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Discover the countryside that inspired Jane Austen

Discover the countryside that inspired Jane Austen

Visit Jane Austen’s home in Chawton, Hampshire which helped to inspire works by this famous author.

Location: Alton,Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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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