Est. 1985

English Literature Tour

  • The front of the mainly c17th Hill Top, Sawrey, Cumbria, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of the Peter Rabbit stories ©National Trust - Stephen Robson.

    The front of the mainly c17th Hill Top, Sawrey, Cumbria, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of the Peter Rabbit stories
  • An oval board hanging on a door in the Entrance Hall of Hill Top, with a picture of Peter Rabbit ©National Trust images - Geoffrey Frosh

    An oval board hanging on a door in the Entrance Hall of Hill Top, with a picture of Peter Rabbit ©Nationaltrustimages-Geoffrey-Frosh
  • Bronte falls sign, Howarth countryside @Emma Beard

    Bronte falls sign in Howarth countryside
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage in the late summer sunshine ©VisitEngland, James Kerr

    Anne Hathaway's Cottage in the late summer sunshine / cotswolds
  • Memorial gardens of Christ Church university college with Christ Church cathedral church in the background ©VisitEngland Experience - Oxfordshire

    Memorial gardens of Christ Church university college with Christ Church cathedral church in the background ©VisitEngland-Experience-Oxfordshire
  • Roman Baths ©VisitEngland, BathTourismPlus, Colin Hawkins, Visit Bath

    Roman Bath's in bath, steam rising from water
  • City cruises and tower bridge

    City cruises and tower bridge
  • Big Ben and Underground ©visitlondonimages / britainonview / Sheradon Dublin

    Big Ben and underground ©visitlondonimages britainonview. Sheradon Dublin
9 day tour
Prices available on request

Britain arguably has more famous writers than any other country, their works spanning every period of history and many literary styles. They have written some of the most recognised lines, dreamt up characters whose fame goes beyond the novels of which they are the subject, and imagined plots that have captivated readers for centuries. From Shakespeare’s beautiful sonnets and Dickens’s urban underworlds to the polite society of Jane Austen and fantasy worlds of the Brontë sisters, join us on this fascinating and educational tour and experience the world of some of the greats of English literature.


Dates

2018 dates available on request


Suggested itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to North England

Arrive at Manchester Airport where you will meet your tour manager who will stay with you throughout the tour. Your English Literature tour starts with the Lake District.  The beautiful natural landscapes which characterise the area were a big inspiration for William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Upon arrival enjoy a Lake Windermere cruise and the rest of the day is free to rest and relax before your dinner at a local pub.

Overnight in Lake District.

Day 2

William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter in the Lake District

Today you will visit William Wordsworth’s former residences: Dove Cottage, where the poet lived with his sister Dorothy and the Rydal Mount, the ivy-covered house with the hundreds of daffodils William planted as a memorial site for his daughter. Then continue to Hawkshead, the medieval village where you will find Wordsworth’s Grammar School and the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Your last stop will be nearby Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s quaint, rural farmhouse filled with the writer’s original furnishings.

Overnight in Lake District.

Day 3

The Brontë sisters and Haworth

After breakfast, travel to Haworth, where the Brontë sisters – Charlotte, Emily and Anne – penned their classics Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. You will visit The Parsonage, the lifelong home of the Brontë family, where many of the girls’ pictures, manuscripts and personal treasures remain on display. After an independent lunch in the village, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon. The evening is at your leisure.

Overnight in Stratford-upon Avon.

Day 4

William Shakespeare and Stratford

Step back into the Elizabethan age and explore the hometown of ‘The Bard’. You will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the half-timbered house where the famous writer was born, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, a picturesque farmhouse where Shakespeare’s wife spent her childhood. In the evening you can choose between watching a show at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or enjoying some free time in this literary paradise.

Overnight in Stratford-upon Avon.

Day 5

Lewis Carroll, C S Lewis and Oxford

Today, you will explore Oxford and learn about Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland at Christchurch College, the Inklings and C S Lewis. Lunch will be served at the Eagle and Child pub where J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis met and dubbed themselves ‘The Inklings.’

Continue to the Bath area for an overnight stay.

Day 6

Jane Austen and Bath

Start your day with a guided walking tour and explore this beautiful city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Jane Austen Centre which tells the story of Austen’s time in Bath, including the effect that living here had on her and her writing. Enjoy an afternoon tea at the Regency Tea Room and continue to the Roman Baths. See the ruins of the temple of Minerva, visit the Bath House where people bathed and walk where the Romans walked nearly 2,000 years ago. Travel to London in the evening.

Overnight in London.

Day 7

Charles Dickens and London

Follow Charles Dickens through London as he embarks upon his rags to riches journey through a life that would take him from being an unknown debtor’s son to becoming the most famous Englishman alive. Visit the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury, discover the locations that inspired him and see the important places in his life.

Overnight in London.

Day 8

Exploring London

Explore London where the royal tradition and rich history greet you at every turn. Witness the ceremonial Changing of the Guard, visit Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

Day 9

Home Time

Private transfer to Heathrow Airport for your return flight home.


This tour is suitable for groups of minimum 20 persons.

For smaller groups and individuals a revised version of this tour may be possible.


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