The UK has produced some of the world’s most revered poets and what better way to admire the magnificent British scenery than the places that may have inspired some of their most beautiful poems. Premier Inn reveals 5 of the most inspirational places you can visit to walk in the footsteps of poets like John Keats, William Shakespeare and Robert Burns.
John Keats – Hampstead, London
John Keats is famed for being one of ‘The Romantics’ of the early 19th century. Although much of his work was not critically acclaimed until after his death, we know that Wentworth Place in Hampstead (now known as Keats House) played a large part in Keats’s life. Even though he only lived there for around two years, this time was seen as his most productive with the poem “Ode To A Nightingale” said to have been written under a tree in the garden.
William Wordsworth – Grasmere and Ullswater, Cumbria
With scenery as serene as the Lake District, it’s no surprise that an array of poets has been inspired by its tranquil beauty over the years. Arguably the most well-known of them all is William Wordsworth who famously penned “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud” after a walk along Glencoyne Bay in Ullswater with his wife and sister. To see the beauty that inspired Wordsworth, head to Grasmere and Ullswater and be sure to visit Dove Cottage where Wordsworth wrote much of his poetry.
Dylan Thomas – Laugharne, Wales
If you’re a fan of Dylan Thomas’s work, you absolutely must visit the quaint fishing village of Laugharne in Carmarthenshire. There you’ll find the cliff-side Boathouse, overlooking the Taf estuary, which Dylan Thomas called home for the last four years of his life. It’s here, in a writing shed close to the main house, where he wrote many of his most acclaimed poems.
Robert Burns – Alloway, Scotland
Widely regarded as Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns was born in the small village of Alloway just outside Ayr. The picturesque village clearly made its mark on Robert Burns as it was the setting for his poem "Tam o' Shanter". To really get a sense of the Scotland that Burns grew up in, visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which features his family house, the Burns Monument and beautiful Memorial Gardens.
William Shakespeare – Stratford-Upon-Avon
No list of famous British poets would be complete without William Shakespeare, whose 154 sonnets and two narrative poems are known the world over. If you fancy taking a trip to indulge in all things Shakespeare, opt for a leisurely walk through Stratford-Upon-Avon to see the iconic locations that shaped Shakespeare’s life and work such as his birthplace and his wife Anne Hathaway’s picturesque cottage.
This year is actually the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and Stratford-Upon-Avon will be playing host to a number of special events and activities, meaning it’s the perfect time to take a trip to the Bard’s home town.