Calling all bibliophiles: Include these novel trip itineraries next time you're in the UK.

By Maggie Seaver
February 28, 2020

Have you ever dreamed of strolling the London streets that inspired Charles Dickens novels, or roaming the untamed moorlands depicted in Wuthering Heights? Then pack your bags.

Viator, TripAdvisor's tour and activity booking site, has rounded up nine incredible, UK-based travel experiences every lover of literature needs to add to their itinerary. These bookworm-approved walking tours and museums breathe life into beloved stories (hello, Harry Potter) and the fascinating lives and works of literary icons, from Jane Austen to George R.R. Martin. These travel experiences are definitely worth a trip across the pond.

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For Jane Austen Fans

Bath, United Kingdom is home to The Jane Austen Centre (bookable from $14), making it one of the most fun and immersive travel destinations for Janeites. Costumed guides will walk you through Austen’s life in the thriving spa metropolis, as well as the city’s influence on her later works Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. You can even try on Regency-era garb, write with quill and ink, enjoy tea time, and check out the life-size Jane Austen waxwork created by a forensic artist, said to be the most accurate depiction of the writer. 

Or always dreamed of visiting Jane Austen’s Hampshire home, the very spot where she penned and revised some of her greatest works? Take a day trip from London to Hampshire to experience the novelist’s stomping grounds, including a private tour of the county’s villages, the city of Winchester, and Jane Austen’s House Museum (bookable from $324 per group).

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For Shakespeare Fans

Take a Shakespeare in the City Walk (bookable from $16), led by a professional actor guide, for a tour of Shakespeare’s London—his friends, favorite haunts, work, romances, and more—north of the river Thames. Along the way, you'll stroll by commemorative Shakespeare statues and plaques marking many of his greatest achievements.

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For Paddington Bear Fans

Paddington Bear lovers of all ages should definitely enjoy a Paddington Bear Walking Tour of London (bookable from $16). Over this two and a half hour experience you’ll visit the locations featured in the Michael Bond books (and movies!) while hearing all about Paddington Bear's many adventures in London and beyond.

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For Harry Potter Fans

Potterheads who've already experienced the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida, should hop the pond to Edinburgh, where J.K. Rowling wrote most of her novels. The Interactive Harry Potter Tour of Edinburgh (bookable from $19) is a spellbinding, two-hour walking tour through Scotland's historic capital city, where you’ll see iconic Harry Potter filming sites like the Hogwarts entrance, original Diagon Alley, and Edinburgh Castle.

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For Brontë Sisters Fans

If you’ve never read a Brontë novel you didn’t love, you’re going to want to head straight to Yorkshire for a trip to the Brontë Parsonage Museum (bookable from $55) in the former Brontë home. Take a journey through Yorkshire’s industrial history and get acquainted with the town of Haworth where all three sisters lived and wrote for much of their lives.

For an even deeper dive into the inspiration behind Brontë favorites like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, there’s the eight-and-a-half-hour The Brontës, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre tour (bookable from $144). Drive through the Yorkshire countryside and experience the beautiful towns and dramatic landscapes that inspired the sisters’ works, including a stop at the gothic ruins of Wycoller Hall (known as “Ferndean Manor” in Jane Eyre).

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For Game of Thrones Fans

What’s better than reading or watching Game of Thrones? Taking the Game of Thrones Direwolf Tour (bookable bookable from $79). Spend an entire day touring various filming locations for “The North” in Belfast, meet the real-life Direwolves, Summer and Greywind, and get private, behind-the-scenes acces to sets, clips, and more from an extra on the HBO series.

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For Charles Dickens Fans

Dickensian London comes to life on the Charles Dickens Private Walking Tour (bookable from $178). This intimate, detailed look at Dickens’s personal life in London and his greatest sources of inspiration will make you want to crack open Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities (again).

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