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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Relax in style at England’s first country club

Relax in style at England’s first country club

Enjoy five-star luxury at this historic estate in the Buckinghamshire countryside and play a round on the Harry Colt designed golf course.

Location: Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

Luxury and indulgence
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Explore Lyme Regis

Explore Lyme Regis

Wander round narrow streets and along the South West Coastal Path.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

Coastal towns
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National Motor Museum

National Motor Museum

Cars, cars, cars…oh and more cars.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Be inspired by the Queen of Crime’s world on the English Riviera at the annual Agatha Christie Festival.

Location: Torquay, Devon

Low cost
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TE Lawrence's Clouds Hill

TE Lawrence's Clouds Hill

Follow in the footsteps of an Arabian hero.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

Activities
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Splendiferous fun at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Splendiferous fun at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Ever wondered where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory started or what a Bogtrotter cake might taste like? Then pay a visit to the Roald Dahl Museum.

Location: Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Price: From £6.60 per adult, £4.40 per child/concession

Attractions
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Midsomer Murders in the Chiltern Hills

Midsomer Murders in the Chiltern Hills

Recognisable by many Midsomer Murders fans, The Stag and Huntsman is located in the beautiful village of Hambleden.

Location: Hambleden, Buckinghamshire

Literature, film and TV
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Stay in John Betjeman’s old home

Stay in John Betjeman’s old home

If you’re planning a weekend in London why not swap the same old hotel for something with a bit more history?

Location: London

Unique Experiences
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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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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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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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Picnic at Corfe Castle

Picnic at Corfe Castle

Enjoy breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Walk the cobblestones & pick up a treat at Leadenhall Market

Meander through the covered walkways and explore all this historical market has to offer.

Location: London, Greater London

Markets
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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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Join a Blue Badge Guide on a Portsmouth literary tour

Join a Blue Badge Guide on a Portsmouth literary tour

Arrange a private tour or join one of the weekly walks and talks covering a massive range of topics including Dickens and Authors of Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Tours and trails
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See National Trust treasures in Derby

See National Trust treasures in Derby

Derby has a trio of National Trust treasures all within a 10 mile radius, so use the city as your base to explore Calke, Sudbury and Kedleston.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Literature, film and TV
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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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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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Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Immerse yourself in a line-up of events showcasing the best of independent cinema and musical performances.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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Visit the real Wayne Manor in Nottingham

Visit the real Wayne Manor in Nottingham

Wollaton Hall took on a very special role in when it appeared as ‘Wayne Manor’ in the blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties

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