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10 top destinations for literature lovers in the UK

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You’re sitting at the local park waiting for a friend, or cuddled in your bed or favourite armchair. Or you could be sat in a boring lecture at uni, or sat on the bus. We all have different reasons for taking out the book we're reading and disappearing into the world of fiction, imagination and quiet escape from reality.

How many times when reading a book have you dreamt about going to the exact places where the characters are experiencing their battles, struggles and adventures? Well, the real world is not at all that cruel and can sometimes offer us a glimpse into those ever famous stories that have been captivating our minds for years.

Here are ten locations relating to some of Britain's most well known literary offerings.

1. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire 

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Chatsworth House is just a place Elizabeth Bennet visits on the way to Pemberley. But in the movie adaptation the mansion is used as the actual set for Pemberley. Who knows, you might find a Mr Darcy or two around there… 

2. Whitby Abbey, Whitby, Yorkshire

Well, Count Dracula might have never stepped foot in Yorkshire (or existed for that matter) but Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, did get the inspiration for the moody and dramatic settings in the infamous novel. How about a midnight walk around the Abbey?

3. Rostrevor and the Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland

Ever dreamed of visiting Narnia and strolling around the evergreen meadows? I sure have. And maybe it’s not as impossible as it seems. Rumour has it C.S. Lewis said the picturescue village surrounded by dramatic landscape is what inspired his fantasy world.

4. The Bronte Parsonage and Top Withens, Haworth, West Yorkshire

The Bronte sisters sure were inspired by the surrounding landscape. Their lifelong family house is now transformed into a museum, which is open to visitors all year round. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Walk to the nearby Top Withens, the ruined farmhouse which is said to be the inspiration for the Earnshaw family home in Wuthering Heights. It definitely captures the spirit.

5. The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere

Peter Rabbit is an all-time favourite character. We all love the mischievous rabbit and his friends so much that even the Royal Mint launched a special edition of 50p coins to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. More good news - Bowness-on-Windermere is the home of an attraction that brings Mrs Tiggy-winkle's Kitchen and Mr Toad's underground home to real life. Who knew?

6. 221B, Baker Street

Do I need to say more? Sherlock Holmes’ famous apartment is exactly where it’s supposed to be - 221B, Baker Street, London. Well, it is actually a museum now. And it’s paid. And the queues are long. And there is 0% chance you’d meet Benedict Cumberbatch. BUT IT’S THE ACTUAL 221B BAKER STREET! Just go and take a picture!

7. Moseley Bog, Birmingham

Ever read The Lord of the Rings and imagined you’re a part of the adventure? Walking through those woods and marshes, having some Lembas bread to fill your stomach? Seek no more, we know where J.R.R. Tolkien got his inspiration from. The Moseley Bog Natural Reserve in Birmingham, which even has a suspiciously bright green swamp… if you find your way to it. And don’t forget your wellies as it gets super muddy if it rains. And we know it always rains.

8. Greenway, Devon

Agatha Christie’s holiday home and dream house was given by her daughter to the National Trust in 2000. As this was Christie’s favourite place of residence it comes as no surprise that inspired a few of her murder mysteries. Dead Man’s Folly was the book that was mostly based on Greenway. In fact ITV actually filmed their adaptation of the book there for ultimate accuracy.

9. Broadstairs, Kent

Reading Dickens is not for the newbie literature enthusiasts. His novels are a hard and emotional experience, which, depending on how fast of a reader you are can last anything between a week and a couple of months. But once you’ve started reading you really feel like you’re walking the cobbled Victorian streets. And in Broadstairs, Kent this is possible. The house, which is now known as Dickens’ Museum is said to have inspired Betsey Trotwood’s home in David Copperfield.

9. Platform 9 ¾, King’s Cross Station, London

I bet you gave up by now and thought I’d miss this iconic for all fantasy fans landmark. Harry Potter, the boy who lived, main character in J.K. Rowling’s books of the same title. But before we could read all about his battles with Voldemort he had to take the train to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And how does a young wizard do that? By running into the wall between platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross Station. You can do it to. Or sort of. You can take a picture with a trolley while wearing your Hogwarts’ house scarf. Which is as close as we get to experiencing magic.

Where's your favourite destination? Or do you have any suggestions for what we have missed? Just write us a comment below.

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