TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR THE LITERARY LOVER
Updated: Oct 31, 2019
As you may be able to tell, I am an avid reader and traveller. Maybe you are too.
If you are, then you know there is no feeling like when the two come together: either reading about adventure, or adventuring to the places you've read about.
I dream of going to all the places in my favorite books, and although most of them will only exist in my imagination, a small few can be visited right here and now.
I plan on crossing each one off the bucket list as I travel their respective countries!
Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, England
Made famous by the stories written by A.A. Milne, who lived on the northern edge of the forest and took his son, Christopher Robin, walking there, Ashdown Forest is the home of Winnie The Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood. The artist EH Shepard drew on the landscapes of Ashdown Forest as inspiration for the illustrations he provided for the Pooh books.
Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire, England
Used for exterior shots in the filming of the Secret Garden, Allerton Castle provides a real life location for you to live out your imagination of the book's setting. As a stunning Victorian Gothic building, it perfectly suits the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand
Anyone who has read the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien has dreamt of visiting the Shire. And, after Peter Jackson's movie adaptation, now you can. Just outside Matamata, Hobbiton takes you through the beautiful setting of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchises.
King's Cross Station, London, England
Start your Hogwarts journey off with your visit to Platform 9 and 3/4 at King's Cross Station and cross through into the wizarding world. Then, take part in all things Harry Potter:
Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando, Florida, United States
Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Los Angeles, California, United States
The Making of Harry Potter, London, England
The Yorkshire Moors, England
So far I have only made it to Hobbiton, but rest assured all of them are on my list! Especially the Harry Potter locations. Have you been to any of these locations, or do you have other suggestions on literary destinations? Share below!