Visit these top literary legends by train

England is full of famous authors that have produced some of the most celebrated novels, plays and poems of all time. Hop on the train to explore these five famous locations that were once home to these celebrated novelists.

 

The Dickens House Museum

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Situated in Broadstairs, this Tudor style house was the inspiration for a particular house in Charles Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’. Upon visiting, guests can experience the house just as Dickens did all those years ago!

 

Haworth (Brontë sisters)

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This West Yorkshire village owes much of its fame to the Brontë sisters. Not only can you visit their home but the whole village offers a quintessentially English experience. Fans of steam trains can also enjoy the Keighley Worth Valley Railway just a short walk away from the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

 

Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare)

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Most famous for being the birthplace and hometown of William Shakespeare, there is plenty to discover in Stratford-upon-Avon including his home, Anne Hathaway’s cottage and much more. You can even watch a play with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 

Bath (Jane Austen)

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Jane Austen is adored by Bath, just as she adored the thriving 1900s spa town. The Jane Austen Centre offers unique exhibitions as well as a fabulous regency themed tea room. During her time in Bath she lived in 5 properties and wrote 2 novels, both centred around Bath.

 

Devon (Agatha Christie)

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Best known for her gripping crime novels, Agatha Christie drew a lot of imagination from the Devon countryside. You can visit her famous holiday home ‘Greenway house’ and numerous other locations that link directly to her stories.

 

 

Book your train tickets with nationalrail.com to start your literary tour of Britain!