Book nerds, get excited! We’ve rounded up a list of nine literary hotspots around the world. So before you plan your next vacation, we suggest considering one of these places. From visiting William Shakespeare’s birthplace to sipping on a latte in the same spot where J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book, you won’t be disappointed.
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New York City
The Big Apple is home to many famous writers — past and present. Stop by Minetta Tavern (opened in 1937), which quickly became a hotspot for Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O’Neill, and E.E. Cummings. Or grab a drink at White Horse Tavern in the West Village and take a step back in time. Big literary names such as Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, and Mary Travers hung out at this spot. And award winning novelist and poet Jack Kerouac also lived upstairs at one point. Check out New York Eater’s fun-filled tour here.
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William Shakespeare’s Birthplace is referred to as a mecca for all literature lovers, and for good reason. He was born there, after all. His 16th-century house, located on Henley Street, Stratford upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (talk about a mouthful of an addy), is now a a museum open to the public. He lived there until he he married Anne Hathaway, so it offers fans a “tantalizing glimpse into Shakespeare’s early world.”
According to Wikitravel, “London has had the biggest global influence on English language and world literature.” That seems like reason enough to book a ticket across the pond. Between the Charles Dickens Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, it’s safe to say that you’ll have a jam packed itinerary. And to make sure you don’t miss a thing, book one of Literary London‘s walking tours.
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Head down under and stroll around the famous Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia. Not only will you be in awe over the scenic harbor, but you can also read inspirational quotes from Charles Darwin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, Mark Twain, and many more via bronze inscribed plaques.
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If you’re a fan of Peter Rabbit, head on over to Ambleside, England, where Beatrix Potter’s 17th century Hill Top home remains. It’s evident that she used this spot as inspiration for many of her books, as it appeared in both Samuel Adams and Peter Rabbit.
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Key West, Florida
Get some fun in the sun and visit Ernest Hemingway’s spanish-colonial home in Key West, Florida. He apparently lived with dozens of cats, and their descendants are still lurking around the property in the gardens. You can also check out his study with his exact typewriter where he wrote “To Have and Have Not.”
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What do you get when you combine Dublin, a literary walking tour, and pub stops along the way? The Dublin Literary Pub Craw, voted one of the world’s top walking tours by the Sunday Times. Actors on the tour recite popular works of James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and more. You’ll also visit Trinity College where Oscar Wilde Studied and David Byrnes’ Pub that was visited by Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s classic Ulysees — all while hitting a plethora of Dublin’s most iconic Irish bars.
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Calling all Harry Potter fans. When in Edinburgh, Scotland, you can take The Potter Trail tour and visit the cafe where J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book, visit the grave where Tom Riddell (aka Voldermort) was buried, and even learn about real-life witches and wizards from the area. And definitely stop by the The Writer’s Museum, housed in a 17th century building, which features exhibits devoted to literary icons like Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and more.
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Paris is always a good idea, especially if you’re a literary buff. Head to Paris’ biggest cemetery, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, where you can pay respect to Oscar Wilde’s tomb. Or dine outside at Les Deux Magots, a cafe that Hemingway frequented. Paris Walks will also lead you through Paris’ literary Latin Quarter to see Hemingway’s once home.
xx, The FabFitFun Team