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The Book Lovers Bumper Bucketlist For Britain (23 Places All Literature Fans Should Visit)

Whether you're in need of an idea for a day out or are looking to embark on a bookish road trip, we've got a whole bucketlist of places in Britain that all book lovers must visit. From museums and monuments to cafes and studios and more, Britain has a great mix of wonderfully bookish locations for you to explore. We've even made a checklist for you so you can tick them off as you go...

The Book Lovers Bumper Bucketlist for Britain

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The Bumper Bucktlist for Britain

1. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - Buckinghamshire

The Roald Dahl Museum consists of 3 galleries depicting Roald's childhood (the Boy gallery), his early adulthood and time in the RAF (the Solo gallery) and a space dedicated to helping children develop as writers (The Story Centre). This bright and fun museum makes for the perfect day out with the kids.

2. Jane Austen's House Museum - Hampshire

Jane Austen lived at this house in Chawton for the last 8 years of her life and it was here that she wrote all of her 6 novels. At the museum, you can learn about her life as you walk through the rooms she used to live in.

Jane Austen House Museum

3. Hill Top (Beatrix Potter's house) - Cumbria

This house in Near Sawrey once belonged to Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter and is presented as if she were still living there with her belongings on display. If you're planning a trip to the Lake District, don't miss your chance to see the home of one of children's literature's best authors.

4. Dove Cottage (Wordsworth's house) - Cumbria

A trip to the Lake District is not complete without a visit to the home of the most famous of the Lake Poets. It was at this house that he wrote some of his best work and his sister Dorothy kept her 'Grasmere Journal'.

5. The Sherlock Holmes Museum - London

If you can't get enough of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's quirky detective then you need to plan a visit to The Sherlock Holmes Museum, appropriately located at 221B Baker Street. There you will see a Victorian-style house kept in a state that Mrs Hudson would be proud of.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

6. The Jane Austen Centre - Bath

Bath features as a prominent location in several of Jane Austen's novels and when you visit the Jane Austen Centre (just a few doors down from the very house she lived in during her own time in Bath) you can find out why. As well as finding loads of information about Jane and her books, you'll also have the chance to play dress up in some Regency costumes!

7. Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens - London

The Peter Pan statue in London's Kensington Gardens is a stunning tribute to J.M. Barrie's play and novel and it stands in the exact spot Peter lands his boat in The Little White Bird, his first literary appearance.

8. Bronte Parsonage Museum - West Yorkshire

Visit the home of the Bronte siblings and uncover the life stories of, not one, but three of Britain's best writers as you explore Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte's childhood house.

9. Shakespeare's Globe - London

Next time you're along the south bank of the Thames, make sure you stop to have a tour of this fascinating theatre. Shakespeare's Globe is a replica of the original Elizabethan Globe theatre where many of the Bard's plays were performed for the first time.

The Globe

10. The Shakespeare Trail - Stratford-upon-Avon

Explore the early life of William Shakespeare and his family by completing Stratford-upon-Avon's Shakespeare Trail - you can cross off the farmhouse where the Bard was born, Hall's Croft, the home owned by Shakespeare's daughter, Holy Trinity, the church where Shakespeare was baptized and buried, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage in one day just by following the trail.

11. The Elephant House - Edinburgh

This Scottish coffee shop and restaurant is famous for being the spot where J.K. Rowling wrote much of her first few Harry Potter books. The whole city of Edinburgh is known for having inspired Jo to create the settings of the Wizarding World but it is in this little coffee shop that you can really feel closest to the brilliant mind that gave us Hogwarts.

12. Carmarthen - Wales

Carmarthen is a town in Wales that is said to have links to Arthurian legend. As the stories go, Merlin was born just outside the town and there is an old prophecy that if a tree known as Merlin's Oak fell, so would the whole town - a piece of the tree is still kept in the town museum. So, if you are a fan of myths and legends, Carmarthen needs to be your next stop.

13. Scott Monument - Edinburgh

The Scott Monument in Edinburgh is a tribute to the Scottish novelist, playwright and poet Walter Scott and is the largest monument to a writer in the world. There are 288 steps to the top of the monument and from there you can look out over the whole city.

Scott Monument

14. Greenway Estate - Devon

Agatha Christie and her husband bought the Greenway Estate in 1938 and both lived there until their deaths. Agatha was clearly inspired by her home as the settings in her novels often closely resembled her beloved Greenway.

15. Ashdown Forest - East Sussex

This beautiful forest was the inspiration for the locations in A. A. Milne's Winne-the-Pooh books. The Hundred Acre Wood in the books is based on the Five Hundred Acre Wood from in the real Ashdown Forest and E.H. Shepard's illustrations were often drawn from real spots in the area. So, if you're in East Sussex on a sunny day, you can cross this one off your bucketlist.

Ashdown Forest

16. The Writers' Museum - Edinburgh

This museum focuses on the lives of 3 of Scotland's best known writers - Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The museum holds an unusual mix of artefacts from these 3 - including Walter Scott's rocking horse and a plaster cast of Robert Burns' skull.

17. Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery - Cheshire

Treat yourself to afternoon tea at the maddest tearoom in Cheshire, all themed around Lewis Caroll's barmy Hatter. Plus, this award-winning teamroom has a bakery with great cakes so what's not to like?!

18. Jamaica Inn - Cornwall

This inn on Bodmin Moor was built way back in 1750 and has had a history associated with smuggling and shipwrecking. This is what led Daphne Du Maurier to write her dramatic story of Cornish smugglers after staying at the inn in 1930.

Jamaica Inn

19. Hardy's Cottage - Dorset

The author Thomas Hardy was born in this Dorset cottage in 1840 and stayed there into adulthood. It was here that he wrote his novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far From the Madding Crowd. You can visit this idyllic cottage if you're ever visiting this coastal county.

20. British Library - London

The British Library is the second biggest library in the world and with loads of fascinating books, artefacts and exhibitions to see, what book lover wouldn't enjoy spending a day getting lost exploring all there is to see in this literary hub?

21. Strawberry Hill House - London

This house, famous for its stunning Gothic architecture, was built by Horace Walpole, the author of the novel The Castle of Otranto. A visit to this unique building may just conjure up some spooky stories in your mind...

Strawberry Hill House

22. Charles Dickens Museum - London

It was when Charles Dickens lived at this site that he wrote some of his most famous stories and raised three of his children. And, when you do tick this book lover stop off your list, you'll have the chance to stand in Dickens' real study where he penned some of his classics, including Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

23. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter - London

All Harry Potter fans need to make the journey to London to see the Warner Bros. Studio Tour to take a look at the props and sets from the films, try some Butterbeer and even have the chance to fly on a broomstick!

Happy road-tripping!