Literary Tours of England

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Literature lovers and bookworms will be tempted to indulge their interest our Literary Tours of England, guided by enthusiastic experts and set in lovely country houses in some outstandingly scenic areas. Fellow tour members include those with an interest in literature, whether would-be writers or readers who want to see what their favorite writers look and sound like. You need no prior knowledge to enjoy this trip, but do need a love of words. 

Travel through some of the UK's prettiest landscapes, visiting author's homes, literary museums, towns and villages where stories are set, and places that obviously inspired the writer.

Our prices hide nothing and represent remarkable value for money - we include 3 meals a day, accommodation and include any transport but you will probably want to spend on tickets for extra events at the literature festivals. 

What's Included: 

  • Accommodations, including private bath/shower.
  • Breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea daily.
  • Full time guide
  • Transport to and from your events.
  • All taxes (Value Added Tax V.A.T.)
  • Train transfers are available from all major cities at an additional cost. Train tickets cannot be confirmed until 90 days before departure. Plan to arrive after 12 noon.

All prices are in US dollars, based on twin or triple occupancy. A few single rooms are available. Book early.


In the company of our knowledgeable leader journey to the Moors of Northern England to explore the Yorkshire home of the Brontë sisters at Haworth and the Lancashire home of the Pendle witches. Follow in the Brontës’ footsteps to the places which inspired Jane Eyre’s Lowood School and the story of the mad woman in the attic. The holiday is accompanied by a booklet of readings associated with the places we visit. Visit beautiful Bolton Abbey, and the Cathedral city of York and learn about the women who were tragically accused of witchcraft in 1612.

Jane Austen - her life and times

Regency Bath

Explore some of the places associated with Jane Austen. Begin by visiting the house where she lived for the last 8 years of her life and where she wrote some of her most popular novels. Also visit Winchester, where she was buried.

  • Listen to a reading from Emma whilst taking in stunning views from Box Hill
  • Visit Jane Austen’s house at Chawton
  • Tour the city of Winchester
  • Stay at Abingworth

    Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall is ideally located for a short break or a longer holiday. A peaceful ambiance and excellent facilities make it a relaxing place to stay.


    It is well-known that the novels of Thomas Hardy and later his poems are based on places in Dorset, where for example, Casterbridge is Dorchester and Budmouth is Weymouth. This photographing Thomas Hardy's Dorset holiday is a photographic pilgrimage to the county covering his whole life from his birthplace at Higher Bockhampton to Max Gate, his final residence in Dorchester, with easy short walks on landscapes that have inspired many scenarios in his novels.

    Suitable for all levels of photographic experience.

    Holiday highlights 

    • Find out how to get the best results from your own camera
    • Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage, in small groups of up to 12 guests
    • Daily image review sessions offer constructive feedback throughout your holiday

    Price includes

    • High quality Full Board en-suite 3 nights accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
    • Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable tour’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
    • All transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other mode of transport e.g. boat
    • Admissions to venues

Just Shakespeare

  • Immerse yourself in the world of William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest ever playwright. Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon to walk in his footsteps and explore the houses associated with him. See the place he was born and is buried. Visit the beautiful thatched cottage which once belonged to the family of his wife, Anne Hathaway and enjoy a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

    Holiday highlights

    • Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare
    • Delve into this history of Shakespeare personal life
    • Explore the associated houses of Shakespeare, and his wife thatched cottage
    • Enjoy a play the Royal Shakespeare Theatre


  • Hay on Wye Literature Festival, 3,4 and 7 nights

    Hay on Wye has more bookstores than anywhere. It is a fitting site for the best literray festival in England, with talks by famous authors, readings and other literary events. For almost 30 years the Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders.  

    Holiday highlights

    • Soak up the festival atmosphere with a like-minded group 
    • Enhance your festival experience with talks and discussions from our knowledgeable leader 
    • Free time to attend other events during the festival (book early to avoid disappointment!)

    Price includes

    • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
    • The services of our knowledgeable tour leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
    • Coach transport to and from the festival
    • Good quality tickets for performances and festival sessions
    • Illustrated talks


  • Literary Whitby

    Count Dracula, Ebenezer Scrooge, Sebastian Flyte, Tristram Shandy – Whitby has a rich literary heritage to discover. Explore the home of Caedmon, England’s first poet and inspiration for the gothic world of Bram Stoker. Travel to nearby Scarborough to visit the grave of Anne Brontë and discover the area’s connection with the Sitwells, Wilfred Owen and Wordworth, and visit beautiful Castle Howard, featured in the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.

    Holiday highlights

    • Whitby Abbey, inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula
    • Shandy Hall, where Tristam Shandy lived and wrote
    • Counting House Museum, Malton on which Dickens modelled Scrooge's Counting House in A Christmas Carol

  • Special Offers for Solos A great deal for single guests save on our twin for single occupancy bedrooms are often in demand. So if you haven't reserved your single room yet, why not guarantee your place?

    Discounts are available for children when sharing with one or more adults in a family room: Under 4's FREE 4-17 years 50% off adult rate (20 May to 1 September) 4-17 years 60% off adult rate (All other dates) 
    Not all areas are available at other times of year. 

    Planning a group tour?
    Ask us for a quotation for a group of any size. Great Britain travel the way you want, with the ultimate choice of hotels and sightseeing. Whether you just want a base for excursions, or are planning an extensive itinerary, we can provide exactly what you want. 
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