Being a book lover is a journey which never ends. You fall in and out of world’s frequently; you’re stained by stories and inked with emotions you weren’t sure you’d ever feel. Most of this comes at the fingers of the author. The ones who press letters and turns it into a story which takes you out of the hum-drum moment; allows you the chance to vanish from the stress of this modern world.
For us, bibliophiles, it can mean rarely wanting to explore much else. Especially since we are getting so much from the pages, we are flicking through. But, I’m here to change that for you, book lover, because there is so much to discover about the authors we treasure.
Around the world, some destinations that have inspired some of the most incredible pieces of fictions. Even more so, places where authors have sit and crafted the very thing we’ve loved. So, dig out your walking boots, a suitcase, and maybe even your passport, fellow bookish friends.
Let’s begin ticking off this list.
Dear Book Lover,
You have been cordially invited to the ten literary places below that’ll have you falling rushing for a re-read, and sinking into the world that inspired them,
10 Literary Places To Visit
Book And Bed, Tokyo, Japan
Being surrounded by books as you lie in bed sounds like a dream, I am sure I had once. But Book And Bed Tokyo have made that a reality. With fiction at my fingers, and the chance to read at my heart’s content, it seems silly we wouldn’t start here. With over a 1,000 titles available at the hotel, and in their bookshop, it’s hard not to book a flight immediately.
I’m serious. It’s a real struggle.
Jane Austen’s House, Hampshire, UK
The literary hero is in the title, but in the rural village of Chawton is Jane Austen’s House. With some of her most famous books being written in the house, which has now become a museum. It has become the perfect place for Austen fans to unite. With various events happening year-round, it’s a place anyone who is a fan of Austen’s work must visit. If only to be able to say you stood where she did when she crafted some of our literary favourites.
While a city is a vast place to say to visit, it’s the place Hans Christian Andersen spent most of his life. Thankfully, there are still many of the sites still standing, which influenced him. Copenhagen is special because it helped create the fairytales we still love to this day. Places such as The Royal Danish Theatre’s old stage is one to consider and the famous Hans Christian Andersen Fairytale House.
As a bonus, there are statues across the city of the writer. One of them in the gorgeous The King’s Garden; another around is The Little Mermaid statue. Both of these are must-sees for a book lover.
Platform 9¾, Kings Cross Station, London, UK
As much as I condemn the author for her outspoken views; Harry Potter was such an important part of my life. And so many others. Because of that, it seemed unfair to leave it off this list. Found on the western departures of King’s Cross is the iconic trolley stuck half-way between the wall.
Alnwick Castle, Scotland, UK
While visiting here means no money in the authors’ pockets (wink wink), this delightful castle was the inspiration for the Harry Potter films. I personally visited here as a child and was shocked to find it not nearly as tall as it is in the films. Again, I was a child.
But, the castle itself is breathtaking. There are places you can see in the films. For example, you can visit the courtyards which inspired much of the film. There is also ‘The Outer Bailey’ which was where Harry first discovered how to fly a broom.
Another city, and while Michelangelo and its connections with the art world, Dante also spent most of his life here. Living amongst some of the iconic architecture, which is breathtaking on its own, the Divine Comedy is evidently tied to this stunning place. The empty tomb, still waiting for him, in the Santa Croce Church is something to consider. There is even the piazza where it has been said inspired much of his writing.
Florence has the added benefit of also being a part of the huge game franchise, Assassin’s Creed – just as something to keep in mind if your partner, like mine, is a gamer.
Charles Dickens Museum, London, UK
Another great, with another, even amazingly created museum. This house is where Charles Dickens once lived, and where he even wrote Oliver Twist. While much of the place has remained the same, even some of the furniture being kept for the museum, it’s the Victorian life which seeps from the walls which will have your eyes widening. Well, that and the expansive library in the museum, that is, which I’m sure is the reason you’re currently booking your ticket, book lover.
Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
One of the eeriest and gorgeously maintained places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting should be close to the top of every book lovers list. Not only do you get the story of Anne as you walk the places she did, but see the Secret Annex much of her diary was written in. As I said previously, it’s eerie, but just because you feel the cool air wash over you as you enter the Annex, it’s nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It is a must for a book lover.
221B Baker Street, London, UK
An iconic landmark in London isn’t even the half of it. Covered in art from Sherlock Holmes and memorabilia, which has been collected, the Sherlock Holmes Museum is one for the book lover within. With gas lights welcoming you, and the chance to step back into the Victorian age, this is a must-visit for fans of the detective.
Hill Top House, Lake District, UK
The home of Beatrix Potter, where she wrote the wonderful world of Peter Rabbit, is one for every bibliophile. Like many literary greats, her home has also become a museum. But, it comes with the added benefit of the countryside around it, and as fans will know this has been Beatrix’s biggest inspiration for the world in her books.
With COVID-19 still at large in the UK, it’s important to check each websites guidance on booking and what to expect when you get there. But more importantly, take your camera, explore and sink into the world which inspired some of the greatest authors above.