Literary Tour of the UK
A Literary Tour of the UK, featuring locations relating to a wide range of authors. The below is a suggested Tour outline and can be altered/expanded to include other writers or reduced to concentrate only on certain authors.
Tour highlights include:
- London, the Dickens Museum and the Sherlock Holmes house on Baker Street.
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to see the studios where the Harry Potter films were made and Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross.
- The British Library, including earliest versions of some of the greatest works of English literature (such as Alice's Adventures Underground and Shakespeare's First Folio).
- Westminster Abbey, including Poet's Corner.
- A performance of a Shakespeare play at The Globe in London or similar, such as Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap or Susan Hill's The Woman in Black.
- Jane Austen's house and museum in Chawton.
- Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen is buried and the house where she died.
- The historic city of Cambridge, with the University, its buildings and the beautiful Backs.
- University town of Oxford, seat of ancient learning and the city of Dreaming Spires and a visit to Christchurch College plus private educational lecture.
- The church where C.S. Lewis is buried and the pub where he and JR Tolkien met regularly.
- Stratford upon Avon, including Shakespeare's birthplace and Ann Hathaway's Cottage.
- The home of the Brontë sisters at Haworth Parsonage, the museum and church.
- Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, home of Debo, youngest of the famous Mitford sisters. Also the home of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (from the recent film The Duchess) and Jane Austen's inspiration for Mr Darcy's Pemberley.
- Lake Windermere, the location for Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons.
- Wordsworth's home at Dove Cottage and Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Cottage.
- Abbotsford and the fabulous home of Sir Walter Scott.
- Rosslyn Chapel, made famous in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code as the final resting place of the Holy Grail.
- Edinburgh, key sites associated with JK Rowling's work on the Harry Potter series and Writer's Museum, with exhibitions on Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.
Photographs: Main image: punting along The Backs, King's College, University of Cambridge © VisitBritain/Britain on View; Brontë Parsonage, Haworth, Yorkshire ©VisitBritain/Britain on View; Dickens' desk and chair, in the Dickens House, London © VisitBritain/Britain on View.