Lord Byron was famous during his lifetime as a figure who could inspire love, romance, political change and liberation through his powerful works.
Byron was almost an outcast in his early life through debt and a rocky marriage and provoking public opinion, however, he turned to his poetry for solace and while travelling around Europe he wrote his famous piece, ‘Don Juan’.
His ties to his home county of Nottinghamshire were well known and his first ever poem, written at the tender age of ten, recounts his love for his home county and city.
Follow in the poet’s footsteps on The Byron Trail, drinking in the sites associated with his life. Start at Newstead Abbey, the grand country pile which Byron inherited at an early age. Wander around the pretty market town of Southwell, where Byron spent many of his school summer holidays, before heading on to St Mary’s church in Nottingham, where the poet's body was laid to rest in the family vault.