Inspirational locations

Many of our famous writers have been inspired by the drama of the landscape. Wordsworth loved the light on a Cumbrian lake. The wildness of the Yorkshire Moors compelled Emily Bronte to write Wuthering Heights. The misty marshlands of Kent feature in many of Charles Dickens’ novels, and the rural idylls of Dorset were beloved by Thomas Hardy. But if writing a great English novel is not on your agenda, visit one of the many stately homes which are regularly used for film locations and TV locations. Make your own costume drama at houses like Highclere Castle, the setting of the fictional Downton Abbey.

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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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Take a Tour of Manchester's Coronation Street

Take a Tour of Manchester's Coronation Street

Walk down the cobbles of the nation’s favourite street, and maybe stop off for a pint in the Rovers.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Price: From £16.50 per adult

Literature, film and TV
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Cycle around Portsmouth and discover its famous women

Cycle around Portsmouth and discover its famous women

Portsmouth has been home to important and influential women over its 900 years as a city, this ride introduces you some of its famous daughters.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Cycling
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Ride the Water Rail Way cycle route

Ride the Water Rail Way cycle route

Begin your ride in the city and then head out to the Wolds.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Low cost
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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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Explore Hawkstone Park Follies fantasy land

Explore Hawkstone Park Follies fantasy land

Spend the day exploring an historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and towers built hundreds of years ago.

Location: Weston under Redcastle, Shropshire

Forests and woodlands
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Picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Picture perfect Cornish setting.

Location: Daymer Bay, Cornwall

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Join a walking tour of film locations and stories from the world of Harry Potter

Join a walking tour of film locations and stories from the world of Harry Potter

See London in a different light as you wander around the locations where Harry Potter came to life.

Location: London, Greater London

Walking and hiking
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Go behind the scenes at MediaCityUK’s BBC Tour

Go behind the scenes at MediaCityUK’s BBC Tour

Find out what goes on behind the BBC camera and have a go in front of it.

Location: Salford, Greater Manchester

Low cost
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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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Celebrate the written & spoken word at the Literary Festival

Celebrate the written & spoken word at the Literary Festival

You can spend a whole weekend in October honouring the great literature that was inspired on the island.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

October events
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Experience life the Shakespearian way

Experience life the Shakespearian way

Experience life as Shakespeare would have lived it with a trip to the five houses that played a major role in his life.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Price: From £22.50 per adult

Historic sites and icons
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Afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Get a taste of Jane Austen’s world while sipping a traditional English afternoon tea at Regency haunt, The Pump Room.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Heritage
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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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Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Hitchcock Walk

Hitchcock Walk

Discover the locations used by England's most famous director throughout London.

Location: London, Greater London

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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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Follow in the footsteps of Dumbledore and Robin Hood.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

Price: From £13.05 per adult

Castles and Historic Properties
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Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, Words by the Water A Festival of Words and Ideas, which is set by a lake surrounded by the Northern Fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Follow Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Follow Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries

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