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Writers and Poets

Follow in the footsteps of Britain's greatest authors

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Britain has produced some of the world's greatest writers and the British landscape has inspired some of the world's most famous stories, poems and plays.

When it comes to literary greats and the locations they wrote about, you’d be hard pushed to find as many as we have in Britain. From Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon to the cobbled alleyways of Charles Dickens’ London, the places in your favourite British stories are just waiting to be explored. And many are just the same today as when our literary greats first experienced them…

You could start at Westminster Abbey in London to see Poets’ Corner where some of our greatest writers are buried including Chaucer, Kipling and the poet Tennyson. Then why not head north to the Lake District where the poet William Wordsworth first saw his ‘host of golden daffodils’? This beautiful National Park is also where Beatrix Potter settled and wrote her beloved children’s books from her enchanting cottage, Hill Top.

In Scotland you’ll discover Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet and the composer of Auld Lang Syne . The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum has rare manuscripts and a unique insight into Scotland’s national hero and his work. And you won’t want to miss Edinburgh , the historic Scottish capital where J K Rowling wrote Harry Potter and where crime novelist Ian Rankin sets his Rebus detective stories.

In Wales , a land of poetry and song, you can see where Dylan Thomas explored his native South Wales and created the lilting poetry and prose that reflects so vividly the Welsh character and landscape.

And if you’re bringing your kids on holiday, the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire is a great place to get a magical glimpse into the wonderful mind that gave us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , The Witches and many more.

Fall in love with the words of these writers, then come and see what inspired them yourself! To find out more, explore the links to the right of this page.