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