The UK is home to a number of famous authors, from the legendary Charles Dickens to the magical J. K. Rowling. With so many of the world’s favourite writers originating in Britain, it’s hard not to come across an attraction dedicated to one of these famous authors. Here at Sykes Cottages we love to read, so a day out to one of the UK’s literary attractions is right up our street. If you’re thinking of taking a literary day out this year then keep reading as we suggest three of our favourite attractions to visit.
Follow the White Rabbit
Llandudno, North Wales
This year, Lewis Carroll’s extraordinary book ‘Alice in Wonderland’ reaches its 150th anniversary and as big fans of Alice and her journey down the rabbit hole, we can think of nowhere better to celebrate than Llandudno, in North Wales. The curious little girl Alice Liddell, who inspired Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland stories, spent many of her holidays at her family’s seaside home in Llandudno, giving the area a wonderful connection with the books. In 2014, a new traill was introduced to Llandudno; one that sees visitors using either an interactive app or printed map to follow 55 bronze cast rabbit footprints around the town and surrounding areas. Not only is this a great day out but with a number of statues and fantastic views, it’s great for family photos.
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Haworth, West Yorkshire
Visit the charming village of Haworth in West Yorkshire and spend your day exploring the historic home of the Brontë sisters at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. The three sisters are known worldwide for their poems and novels including Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights. The museum, which is home to a number of letters, manuscripts and early additions of the Brontë’s books, offers a wonderful day out for the whole family with a small souvenir shop on site. After exploring the museum, we would highly suggest a spot of lunch in the picturesque town of Haworth and a trip down to the exciting Heritage Steam Railway.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Now translated into 35 different languages, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the world’s favourite children’s stories and has sold over 40 million copies, making the author, Beatrix Potter, extremely famous. The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere, allows guests to step into the enchanted world created by the author and learn all about Beatrix and the characters in her much loved books. The attraction has eight fantastic areas to explore, including Peter Rabbit’s garden and Jemima Puddle-Duck’s woodland glad. Once you’ve finished exploring the attractions, there is even a fantastic tea room to explore, with locally sourced ingredients and home-grown vegetables from the attraction’s own kitchen garden.
And there you have it our top three attractions for a literary day out in the UK. Has your favourite attraction made the list? If not let us know via our Facebook or Twitter page, we are always looking for new places to explore!
As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.