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British Literature

Summer reading: British book settings

We visit the places that inspired iconic summer scenes in the works of some of our favourite authors. It is the brightest day you ever saw. The sun is sparkling on the water… The tide...
Freemasons Hall Sherlock Holmes

Love Sherlock Holmes? These are the best places to visit

Our pick of the best Sherlock Holmes attractions. Magnifying glass and deerstalker at the ready Freemasons’ Hall, London. Built between 1927-1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, it is one of the finest...
shakespeare's globe, bankside, london

Explore Shakespeare’s Britain

To mark 400 years since his death, Chris Fautley explores Shakespeare’s Britain – the places mentioned in his plays – and separates fact from fiction.
Edinburgh Castle and Gardens. Credit: Visit Britain

How Edinburgh inspired great literature

Scotland's capital was the world's first UNESCO City of Literature. Read about the locations that inspired Britain's literary greats Words: Lee Karen Stow Arriving by train into Waverley Station, the end of a journey from the...
Christmas Charles Dickens plates

How to celebrate Christmas like Charles Dickens

Don’t be a Scrooge! Celebrate the spirit and former haunts of Charles Dickens, the Victorian author who shaped our vision of the modern festive season On the evening of October 5 1843, Charles Dickens took his...
John Rylands Library, Manchester

Hidden British Libraries

We take a tour of some of the most historic and beautiful British libraries to find reading rooms worthy of our literary greats Oxford’s university libraries are among the oldest and most celebrated in the world....
Grasmere in Cumbria

On the trail of William Wordsworth

Following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, Lawrence Alexander explores the poet’s beloved Grasmere and other Lake District haunts On the evening of 15 April 1802, Dorothy Wordsworth, sister of the poet William, wrote her journal as...
Minack Theatre. Credit: Marshall Ikonography/Alamy

Shakespeare in the sun: Britain’s best outdoor theatres

Summer is here, so why not book tickets for one of our nation’s brilliant outdoor theatres and enjoy some culture al fresco? A peculiar British tradition, each year we wrap up warm and pack a...
Anne Hathaway's cottage

Shakespeare’s gardens: in pictures

There's more to Shakespeare's home county of Warwickshire than Stratford-upon-Avon. Here we take a tour of some of its most splendid gardens, from the grounds of Compton Verney to Anne Hathaway's cottage Compton Verney This stately...
Hill Top, Cumbria, Beatrix Potter

5 places to celebrate Britain’s literary heroes

From the Brontë sisters to Beatrix Potter, a visit to Britain is a great opportunity to explore the home life of the brilliant authors we all love.

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