Top 5 Literary Destinations of England
If you love books and if you love travelling, there is a perfect way to bring these two passions of yours together! With some carefully chosen destinations that have special literary and historical significance, you can satisfy both of these passions at the same time.
England is the home of some of the best and most popular classics and literary geniuses of all time. All over the country, there are hundreds of destinations to visit where you can pay tribute to your favorite authors of all time and see the settings of your favourite books come to life before your eyes. From Charles Dickens to J.K. Rowling, England is where literature lovers go to celebrate their love for storytelling.
William Shakespeare was - and still is - undoubtedly the most famous playwright in the world, and his birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon is definitely worth visiting. This is not only Shakespeare's birthplace, but also the place this genius grew up, lived, wrote and worked. Mrs. Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway's famous thatched cottage and his mother Mary Arden's house is nearby as well, as well as Hall's Croft, the home belonging to his daughter.

You can also catch a show or two at the Royal Shakespeare Theater, or the Attic Theater, both of which regularly house Shakespeare's greatest dramas regularly. For all your shopping needs, there are a few antique shops in the area. check out the The Barn, Sims Vintage Antiques Center and Bonds for high quality vintage goods and knicknacks. A number of good and affordable boutique hotels are also available in this area if you want to make a weekend out of it.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Birthplace of Shakespeare, Mary Arden's Home, Hall's Croft, Globe Theater, Royal Shakepeare Theater

Places to Visit
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Birthplace of Shakespeare
  • Mary Arden's Home
  • Hall's Croft
  • Globe Theater
  • Royal Shakepeare Theater
Baker Street, London
The fictitious Sherlock Holmes "allegedly" lived at 221B Baker Street, but he actually has a museum dedicated to him somewhere between 237 and 241 Baker Street. Just southeast of Regents Park, this is a small museum that is actually a mock-up of the detective's renowned study. It also has a number of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia and some period exhibits.

A number of companies offer Sherlock Holmes walking tours, which are usually a 4-hour walk around London, covering the mock-up house, the museum and the official Sherlock Holmes stores.

Places to Visit
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • Official Sherlock Holmes store
  • Sherlock Holmes' mock house
Haworth, West Yorkshire
If you love the works of the three Bronte sisters, you are definitely going to love visiting Haworth, west of Bradford, West Yorkshire. There are enough sites to visit here, including the Bronte Bridge and the Bronte Waterfalls, where the sisters grew up.

The Bronte Parsonage Museum on Church Street was once where the family lived; it is a small museum but houses some of the personal belongings of the sisters. Walking tours are offered along the moors where they took their walks, and it is an amazingly beautiful place worth visiting even without the literary attraction.
Places to Visit
  • Bronte Parsonage Museum
  • Bronte Waterfalls
  • Bronte Bridge
Doughty Street, London
Charles Dickens lived and wrote two of his most famous novels here in this house that has presently been turned into a museum. Both Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickelby was written here. At present, this house is a museum dedicated to Dickens, completed with his paintings, original manuscripts, furniture and personal belongings. This small house doesn't take much time to see, but is a great place to visit if you are a Dickens fan. Even if you are not an avid fan, this 5-storied house can give you a lot of information and insight about Charles Dickens' life.

A quaint little café near the house is the perfect place to have some tea and cakes at the end of the tour.
Places to Visit
  • Charles Dickens' Museum
  • Cafe
Bath, Somerset
For the perfect feel of Victorian literature, there's no place better than Bath in Somerset, which was the home of Jane Austen. Austen may have only written only a few novels in her lifetime, there is no denying her influence on modern and classical literature.

Austen was born in Hampshire but she moved to Bath when she was 25. Her third novel Northanger Abbey was set here; the Jane Austen Center here is a wonderful place to visit. The café here and the gift shop also deserve a visit. Besides the Center, there are other historical and architecturally important places to visit in Bath as well, including the Bath Abbey and the Pump Room.
Places to Visit
  • Jane Austen Center
  • Bath Abbey
  • The Pump Room
  • The Royal Crescent
All around England, hundreds of literary geniuses have left their mark for us to follow up on. These are but 5 of the most famous ones; others locations are just as fascinating and famous, depending on your choice of literature. This is one of the best parts of England, that it is a country seeped in history and tradition, as well as culture.

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