When you love a book too much, you could just picture the characters in real. Wouldn’t it be amazing to actually see the places your favorite classic novels were set in, or even written or conceived in? When you tire of looking for places to visit based on their scenic beauty and hip new activities, why not plan a trip to places where your favorite authors lived, breathed and created masterpieces?
In a list of all the literary hotspots around the world, nothing can beat the city of London. London has seen more authors and writers to complete an entire dictionary. From the classic authors to modern day literatures, London is the home to many of the greatest authors of all times.
Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare gets thousands of visitors every day visiting to pay homage to their favorite author. The house where Shakespeare lived from has been turned into a museum for tourists. Besides, visitors could also look into the Royal Shakespeare Company platform and pay their respects to the author’s final resting place.
Another favored spot in London is 221B Baker Street, the alleged home of the world famous Detective Character Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Beside the house that is kept as a shrine to this character, visitlondon.com has an itinerary for Sherlock Holmes fans to follow in the footsteps of their favorite mastermind.
London is also the home to many other celebrated classic authors, namely Charles Dickens, Jeffrey Chaucer, John Keats, H. G. Wells and John Milton.
If you are a fan of the loveable spy James Bond extraordinaire, the best place to visit might be the Dukes’ Bar, where creator Ian Fleming was inspired to create the character.
From Yeats to Homey, Dublin has been the chief inspiration for many such celebrated poets and authors in their creation, especially in James Joyce’s Ulysses and Jonathon Swift’s A Modest Proposal.
Other sights to visit in this city are the Dublin Writer’s Museum, the National Library of Ireland and James Joyce’s Pub and House.
According to the National Geographic, Edinburg has inspired more than 500 celebrated novels starting from 18th century poet Robert Burns to modern day geniuses like Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith.
The Writer’s Museum in the city exhibits homage to the trio of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louie Stevenson.
New York, U.S.A
New York is the home to authors such as Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer and John Ashbury. You can visit the New York’s White Horse Tavern, where Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac used to spend their evenings. Interested visitors can take a look at the New York Public Library’s huge collection of books.
The biggest literary spot of Concord is the house where Louisa May Alcott wrote her loved-by-all classic series ‘Little Women’. It was also the home of Nathaniel Hawthorn and Ralph Waldo Emerson and their final resting place at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
Paris was the home to French literary giants such as Victor Hugo, Alexander Dumas and Voltaire as well as refuge to American authors like Gertrude Stein, F. Scott FitzGerald and Ernest Hemmingway. The famous book stall along the Seine and the Les Deux Magots café were frequently visited by Hemmingway and Albert Camus.
The ‘Hemmingway Paris Walk’ runs every Friday along a ruin of literary historical site of Joyce, Hemmingway, Balzac and Orwell.
Rome was the home to the author of The Aeneid, Vigil. Beside, Rome also inspired some of the most famous authors of all time: Keats, Shelly and James to name a few.
Keats and Shelly’s home on Rome’s historical Spanish Steps, attract thousands of poets, visitors and fans alike from all around the world.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Years ago, St. Petersburg was the home to celebrated authors such as Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Alexander Pushkin and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky lived in a number of houses around the city during his time, and the last house he lived in, has been turned into a museum to honor his memory.
Dostoevsky wrote his celebrated novel, The Brothers Karamazov, in this house.
Prince Edward’s Island, Canada
If you loved the Anne of Green Gables Series in your childhood, you will love a tour of the Haunted Wood and the trails walked by Anne in the stories.
If you are on a spree, there are some other literary locations that every reader should visit: Mark Twain’s House and Museum in Hartford, CT; Ernest Hemmingway’s House and Museum in Oak Park, IL; Oscar Wilde’s childhood house in Dublin, Ireland; the Emily Dickenson Museum in Amherst, MA; Leo Tolstoy’s home in Russia; the O’ Henry House and Museum in Austin, TX; Margaret Mitchell’s Home and Museum in Atlanta, GA; the Bronte Personage Museum, West Yorkshire, England; Charles Dickens’ Museum in London, England; and many more.