For the love of literature Visit the homes of Austen, Potter and Shakespeare
Follow in the footsteps of great British writers – on your holiday!
The history of Great Britain has been defined by many things but one of its greatest contributions is in literature. So what better way to see Britain than on a tour through the hometowns of its greatest writers and playwrights?
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE
Admirers of Shakespeare must visit Stratford-upon-avon, the town where he was born. The quaint Tudor-style house in the Midlands takes visitors back to the 16th century Elizabethan age. Just 2km away is the cottage of the poet’s wife, Anne Hathaway. The surrounding gardens and nearby orchard reflect period life. Other attractions include Hall’s Croft, his daughter’s home, and Holy Trinity Church, where he was both baptised and buried. shakespeare.org.uk
BEATRIX POTTER’S FARMHOUSE
With rolling hills, vast forests and peaceful lakes, it’s easy to see how Beatrix Potter could
have imagined a world like the one she describes in The Tale of Peter Rabbit from her home in the Lake District. Hill Top, the writer’s beloved farmhouse in Near Sawrey, has been beautifully preserved. Furnished with many of Potter’s belongings, it appears as though she has merely stepped out for a stroll. nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top
JANE AUSTEN’S COUNTRYSIDE
In her day, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility were bestsellers, and we’re still loving them today! There are two stops for Jane Austen fans. First is Chawton, in East Hampshire, the quiet village where she wrote several of her novels. Featuring a collection of her possessions, her cottage is now a museum and frequently hosts small concerts and literary events. Next stop is Bath. Each September the city hosts a 10-day Jane Austen Festival which includes a costumed ball. jane-austens-housemuseum.org.uk, janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk
Shakespeare's burial site, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-avon
Jane Austen Festival in Bath
Near Sawrey Stratford -upon-avon Bath Chawton Great Britain
The house of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top in Near Sawrey
The Lake District – home to Beatrix Potter's bunnies