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
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