Literary Excursions

A Day of Dahl - Great Missenden

A visit to Roald Dahl's home village of Great Missenden, including a trip to the Road Dahl Museum and Dahl's graveside. A walk around the village provides an opportunity to see many of the sites that inspired Dahl's writing.

An Orwellian Outing - Wallington


A trip to Wallington, the home of George Orwell from 1936. This excursion includes a visit to Orwell's house and the church in which he married his sweetheart. Wallington is also the site of the barn that inspired one of Orwell's most famous works, Animal Farm.

The Bronte Pilgrimage - Haworth


This excursion details a visit to the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire. This is the site at which the Bronte sisters spent their lives and wrote their bestselling works. A must-visit for any fan of the Brontes!

Championing Conservation - Wimpole Hall


A trip to Wimpole Hall, a National Trust property situated just outside of Cambridge. This destination offers an opportunity to view an incredible library and learn all about the conversation and restoration of old and damaged books.

Joining Jane - Chawton, Hampshire


Chawton, Hampshire is the village in which Jane Austen passed most of her life. This excursion includes a visit to the Jane Austen House Museum and (in my very lucky case) an opportunity to hug Colin Firth's Mr Darcy coat.

London (Take 1) - The British Library


The British Library is truly a place of incredible excitement to any bibliophile. This London excursion includes a visit to this world-renowned library, a trip to Foyles bookshop, and a sighting of the homage to the poet John Betjeman at St. Pancras Station.

London (Take 2) - The Charles Dickens Museum


The Charles Dickens Museum is one of the greatest sites of literary history in London. This excursion offers an opportunity to learn more about the man, his life, and his works. There's also a cheeky trip to Daunt Books squeezed in there!

Oxford - City Centre and Blenheim Palace


A visit to Oxford and its many literary offerings. This visit includes a trip to the Bodleian Library, the Alice in Wonderland shop, and the infamous The Eagle and Child pub (meeting place of the Inklings, whose membership included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis). Because that's not enough for one day, the itinerary also includes a visit to the Harry Potter Great Hall in Christ Church College and a spot of reading in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Shakespeare Unlocked - The Globe


This excursion needs no detailed introduction. A trip to Shakespeare's Globe to see The Tempest, featuring Roger Allam and Colin Morgan.

Shaw's Corner - Ayot St Lawrence


George Bernard Shaw wrote some of England's most impressive and humerous satirical works. This excursion features a highly recommended visit to Shaw's home in Ayot St. Lawrence. A perfect place to learn more about the writer, whilst also soaking up some countryside serenity.

Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour - Leavesden, London


A must visit for an avid fan of Harry Potter. The Studio Tour is an incredible opportunity to see the sets and props from the film adaptations of the Harry Potter series.

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