8 of the Best Destinations for Book Lovers in the UK

The United Kingdom is home to many world-renowned writers and iconic fictional characters. It also boasts of numerous literary spots that are tourist attractions in their own right. With so many possible destinations to explore, we list here eight of the best destinations for book lovers when in the UK.

Bath
Bath
Literary points of interest: The picturesque city of Bath became home to Jane Austen during the 19th century. Today, the Jane Austen Centre and the Jane Austen Festival are among the top attractions of this beautiful city.

Broadstairs, Kent
Broadstairs, Kent
Literary points of interest: Charles Dickens regularly visited Broadstairs around the middle of the 19th century. The town has provided plenty of inspirations some of which found their way into the famous writer’s works. Top literary attractions include the Dickens House Museum which is located at what used to be the guest house where the writer stayed during his visits in Broadstairs.

Carmarthen, Wales
Carmarthen Wales
Literary points of interest: Carmarthen is purportedly the birthplace of Merlin the Wizard. Those who love the tales of King Arthurs and fascinated with legends will find plenty of fodder for the imagination in this town.

Edinburgh, Scotland
the elephant house ediburgh
Literary points of interest: Edinburgh is one of the UNESCO Cities of Literature. It is the birthplace of, Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Many literary icons likewise spent some time in the city. Some of the best places to visit and see are the Central Library, Deacon Brodies Tavern, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Leith, Looking Glass Books, Milnes Bar, the National Library of Scotland, the Oxford Bar, The Royal Mile and Holyrood Park, the Scottish Poetry Library, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Spoon, The Conan Doyle, The Electric Bookshop, The Elephant House, the bookshops in Westport, and the Writers’ Museum.

Haworth, West Yorkshire
Haworth, West Yorkshire
Literary points of interest: Haworth is home to the Brontë Parsonage Museum that houses a library featuring the famous Brontë sisters’ works. The place has provided inspirations for their works like Jane Eyre by Charlotte and Wuthering Heights by Emily.

Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Hay-on-Wye
Literary points of interest: The small and picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye boasts of numerous

London
Hay-on-Wye
Literary points of interest: The British Library is one of London’s top literary spots. It houses a collection

Oxford
Oxford
Literary points of interest: Oxford has produced some of the world’s literary greats including C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and Oscar Wilde among others. This university town also boasts of beautiful libraries.

The Minimalist Bibimbap

Bibimbap is one of those Korean dishes that anyone with limited cooking talents would probably find daunting to prepare. At first glance, there seems to be a lot going on with the dish with all its colorful ingredients artfully arranged into a scrumptious looking feast. But thanks to the many recipes available online, anyone craving for this healthy and quite filling dish can have a go at making it provided all the ingredients are available.
But what happens when you start craving for bibimbap only to find out that you do not even have half of the necessary ingredients to make it? The beauty of cooking is that it entails a lot of creativity. And you do not have to be a good cook to come up with something edible and, may surprisingly be, delicious. For a hungry person, necessity can be a great source of inspiration to whip up something to fill the stomach. If you find yourself lacking the inclination to cook anything that requires more effort than frying and in the absence of greens and other colorful vegetables needed to whip up a delicious bibimbap, here is a minimalist version of bibimbap that you might enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium size eggs
  • basil leaves
  • salt
  • sesame oil
  • cooked rice
  • soy sauce

Preparing the minimalist bibimbap:

As you may have already surmised from the list of ingredients, the minimalist bibimbap barely has the trappings of the real thing. On the upside, this makes it easier to prepare which can prove handy the next time you are in a rush or prefer to have something you can whip up quickly. Just heat a pan and put a little sesame oil to cook the eggs sunny side up. Sprinkle a little salt to taste on top. Add the basil leaves.

Put cooked rice in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of sesame oil and one tablespoon of Kikkoman soy sauce. You can add more of both if needed. Place the sunny side up egg on top then mix everything well. Enjoy!