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Literary England: London to the Lake District

Poetic escapades and classic English tales

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Literary England: London to the Lake District

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Travel timeFrom 8 days
Type of travelSelf-drive
Best timeAll year
To destination8-10 + hours



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Your own literary tale awaits on a tour that takes you from the fabled streets of London to the green lands of the Lake District. First, walk the cobblestones of The Big Smoke that set the scene for Charles Dickens Oliver Twist. Then, Allow William Blake’s poetry to guide you along the embankment of the River Thames towards St. Pauls, and a theater worthy of a Shakespeare play. Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are but a short drive away and have timeless tales of their own. End in north England’s greenest land, among the wildlife that inspired Peter Rabbit.

  1. London

  2. Bowness-on-Windermere

Literary England: London to the Lake District



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1. London 

From T.S. Eliot to Zadie Smith, London continues to inspire great literary works. Begin in Kensington, once home to literary giants such as Thackery and Joyce. In Islington, you’ll find the romantic poet William Blake’s resting place. Walk the Millennial Bridge over the River Thames to see Shakespeare’s Globe and performance of classic plays that inspire. Take a day trip to Oxford and go where the words of Alice in Wonderland were first spoken by Lewis Carroll. You’ll love Stratford-upon-Avon, a town which celebrates William Shakespeare year round—literary icons never go out of style. 

2. Bowness-on-Windermere

The Lake District town of Bowness-on-Windermere is next. Enjoy a countryside of pebbledash stone cottages and enchanting tales that lead you down the rabbit hole. Surrounded by nature and wildlife that inspired Beatrix Potter’s classic book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, swing by The World of Beatrix Potter exhibit and let your imagination run wild. Enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake, and then an afternoon of verse as you learn of the poet, William Wordsworth. End a whimsical day in a pub that served pints through a hole in a wall in 1612, and once hosted Charles Dickens.

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