Top 10 places to go for literature
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‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one,’ writes George R R Martin in A Dance of Dragons. We’ve all had that experience of being transported somewhere else by the book we’re reading... from Narnia to Westeros, Middle Earth to Diagon Alley... Here are ten of our top literary travel picks to inspire your next trip! 1. Haworth, West Yorkshire
Whilst a small village outside Bradford may not be top of your getaway list, the experience of being in the very streets, shops and house that was home to Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and not forgetting Branwell Brontë is unforgettable. Visit Haworth Parsonage, where the family lived, walk on the moors which were immortalised in Wuthering Heights, and pay your respects at the family tomb. 2. The Lake District, Cumbria From one side of the UK to the other, the Lake District has provided so much inspiration for artists over the years. Both writers’ homes, Dove Cottage and Hill Top, are now open to the public so you can see how they lived, but the real draw here is the landscape. Maybe it’ll even inspire you to follow in their footsteps – literally and artistically! 3. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
There are so many ways you can get in touch with your inner Bard in Stratford, from visiting his birthplace, his wife’s house or his tomb. The best way, though, is always going to be seeing a play. The Royal Shakespeare Society has three permanent theatres in the town, with a packed schedule throughout the year. 4. Edinburgh, Scotland For three weeks every August, the Scottish capital plays host to an international festival celebrating literature. This would be a great trip if you like to actually meet authors and hear about current affairs in the book world. With the rest of the Edinburgh Festival on at the same time, you’ll be spoilt for choice culturally. 5. Dublin, Ireland
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