For the love of lit­er­a­ture Visit the homes of Austen, Pot­ter and Shake­speare

Fol­low in the foot­steps of great Bri­tish writ­ers – on your hol­i­day!

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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

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