Discover the land of literary heroes
Celebrate England’s literary greats...
England is alive with literary history, for its landscapes have inspired poets and novelists throughout the centuries, from Wordsworth’s golden daffodils in Ullswater to JK Rowling’s Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross. Follow in the footsteps of our literary greats, from exploring the village of Chawton in Hampshire where Jane Austen lived, to escaping to Brownsea Island to embark on your very own Famous Five adventure.
Explore the locations behind Agatha Christie’s thrillers in Torquay; have a splendiferous time at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, and immerse yourself in everything Shakespeare on a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon on a literary-inspired weekend.
Plan your literary-inspired break in England
England's best literary events
Celebrate the life and legacy of Jane Austen with a series of events in Bath and Hampshire from Regency-style music to guided walks; enjoy a packed programme of talks with well-known authors at the Oxford Literary Festival, and take a unique look into the origins of some of Quentin Blake’s most popular creations in Newcastle.
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Explore England's literary hotspots
Navigate your way around England’s literary hotspots with our interactive map, from enjoying a pint in Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, to enjoying a game of Poohsticks in Ashdown Forest.
Walk in the footsteps of literary greats
Retrace Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's steps through his favourite London haunts, take a canal boat ride through the landscapes that inspired Tolkien’s masterpiece The Hobbit, and go on a tour of Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse in the Lake District.
Literary inspired places to stay
Escape on a weekend break to JRR Tolkien’s magical cabin in Dartmoor, woo your loved one at the Durham hotel where Lord Bryon got married and spend the night at Agatha Christie’s holiday home in the English Riviera.