Literary Tours


Let us take you on a Literary Tour of Britain as we highlight our favourite destinations, seeped in literary heritage and share some wonderful experiences available for any avid book worm

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Literary tour of London

Start your literary English journey in London and the five-star Brown's Hotel, the inspiration for Agatha Christie and Rudyard Kipling amongst others.

Brown’s was the hotel of choice for the American political elite in the late 19th century. Theodore Roosevelt stayed at the hotel twice in 1886 (15 years before he became the 26th President of the United States).
 
Choose to include the beautiful Georgian terrace house at 48 Doughty Street in your Literary Tour, where Charles Dickens wrote, dined and entertained his guests with lively readings and performances. The novelist was also a renowned social campaigner, and the rare books, paintings, photos and personal objects on display give you a unique insight into his life and work. Dickens wrote ‘Oliver Twist’ and several other novels here.

 

Follow in Jane Austen's footsteps in Hampshire

Jane Austen House Museum

The beloved home that Jane shared with her mother and sister is at the heart of your Jane Austen experience. It has been lovingly restored and maintained, and during your private visit you will be transported back to the early nineteenth century and the life that she lived.
 
Chawton House
The house you can visit today is over four hundred years old. It was built by the Knight family in the 1580s following the acquisition of the estate by Nicholas Knight in 1578. It was inherited by Jane’s brother and Jane spent a lot of time there, referring to it as the “Great House”.
 
The Library
The library holds early editions of works by women, mostly in English, and mostly within the period 1600-1830. Many of these works are rare and in some cases unique

 

Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace

Step back in time, into the early 17th-century courtyards and townhouses of Stratford-upon-Avon. Thatched roofs hang over quaint streets, chapels are lost amongst sprawling apple trees, and nothing seems to have changed since Shakespeare was born here. Visit his birthplace, the fabulous Jacobean home of his daughter, and the cottage of Anna Hathaway.

Experience Oxford

A literary tour would not be complete without a visit to Oxford, Matthew Arnold's "city of dreaming spires", which has been home to a vast amount of famous figures; C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde and Philip Pullman have all written their seminal works while living or studying in the city.

We recommend staying at The Old Parsonage, which has become a well-loved feature of Oxford. It has stood at the north entrance of the ancient city for over three hundred years, witnessing some of the most dramatic moments in our history. It remains closely connected to the University through its ground landlord, University college. From Edward Selwood’s 17th Century guesthouse to the present elegant hotel, the Old Parsonage continues to be a haven of good hospitality.