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Literary Escapes: Discovering Famous Literary Landscapes on Family Holidays in the UK

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July 13, 2023

Embarking on a family holiday in the UK can provide you with the perfect opportunity to explore the country’s rich literary heritage. From enchanting landscapes that inspired beloved novels to historic sites associated with famous authors, the UK offers a plethora of literary escapes. 

Prepare to embark on a journey that will take you to some of the most famous literary hotspots in the UK – places steeped in myth and story, that will captivate the imaginations of children and adults alike!

The Lake District – Beatrix Potter’s World

Nestled in the picturesque Lake District, Beatrix Potter’s beloved tales come to life before your very eyes. 

Visit Hill Top, Beatrix’s former home, where the enchanting gardens and interiors filled with her possessions resemble scenes from some of her most iconic stories. You can also explore the charming village of Hawkshead and visit the World of Beatrix Potter attraction, where interactive exhibits bring Peter Rabbit and his friends to vivid life. 

Arguably the biggest ‘character’ in Potter’s tales was the Lake District and its breathtaking scenery, rolling hills and tranquil lakes. When you drink in its awe-inspiring beauty, you’ll soon understand why it proved so inspiring for Beatrix. 

Families can enhance their experience by embarking on a caravanning adventure, setting up camp in one of the many scenic campsites dotting the area. Don’t yet have a caravan? Never fear – you can find a wide variety of new and used caravans with the help of an experienced and reliable caravan dealer like RaymondJames, based not far from Birmingham. 

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Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Step into the world of the greatest playwright in English literature by visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. 

Explore Shakespeare’s birthplace, the beautifully restored Tudor house where he spent his earliest years, and watch his plays being performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre. 

As for the charming town itself, with its half-timbered houses lining the scenic shores of the River Avon, this idyllic setting provides a glimpse into the world that helped to shape Shakespeare’s many famous works. 

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Oxford – C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Inspirations

Delve into the fantastical realms of Narnia and Middle-Earth by exploring the university city of Oxford. Walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, close friends and Oxford dons, who drew inspiration from the city’s academic ambience, dreaming spires, and the surrounding countryside. 

Visit the colleges where these literary giants studied and taught, such as Magdalen College, where Lewis served as a tutor, and grab a drink and a hearty meal in the Eagle and Child pub, where they would spend happy hours debating their work and world-renowned tales. 

Oxford’s intellectual atmosphere, centuries of rich history, and remarkable architecture is sure to ignite the imagination of young and old alike. You can even take a day trip from the city to visit the iconic White Horse of Uffington, which may have inspired Tolkien’s flag of Rohan or his majestic equine character, Shadowfax. 

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Final Thoughts

Embarking on a family holiday in the UK can be a literary adventure, allowing you to immerse yourself in the landscapes that inspired some of our greatest works of literature. 

From the picturesque Lake District to the historic streets of Oxford, these famed literary landscapes offer a magical experience and a chance to revisit some of your favourite tales. Families can enhance their journey by travelling to each literary location by caravan, enjoying the freedom to explore and immerse themselves in the beauty of these destinations at their own pace. 


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