The Cotswolds, known for its charming villages and stunning scenery, has long been a source of inspiration for countless writers and poets. Join us on the Cotswold Literature Tour to discover the hidden gems that have influenced some of Britain’s finest literary works.
Led by our knowledgeable guide, literature enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore the Cotswolds, uncovering the places that inspired renowned authors. From quaint towns to picturesque villages, you will visit the old homes and landscapes that shaped their stories. Prepare to be amazed by the abundance of literary sites in the Cotswolds and its surrounding area, a well-kept secret that will leave you astonished.
While we won’t reveal all the details in advance, here are a few of our favorite highlights. In the village of Naunton, you will learn about Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for the character of Alice, as you soak in the beauty of a babbling brook. As you venture across the rolling hills, you will come across the country house that J.M. Barrie and A.A. Milne once called home. In the renowned town of Chipping Campden, you may be surprised to discover that Graham Greene, one of the great 20th-century authors, once lived in a cottage called Little Orchard on Hoo Lane. And if you’re a Jane Austen fan, we will take you to the picturesque village of Adlestrop, where it is believed that she drew inspiration for fictional places in her novels.
The Cotswolds’ fame in the literary world is also due to its proximity to other well-known locations like Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. Oxford, with its rich literary history, has produced numerous influential writers, many of whom found inspiration in the Cotswolds while studying or teaching in the city. As the afternoon progresses, we can either visit the famous sites in Oxford or immerse ourselves in the birthplace and life of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Join us for a day of literary discovery in the enchanting Cotswolds, where the landscapes and villages have captivated the hearts of writers throughout history.
My brother and I grew up on our parent’s farm in rural Alabama, so when he, my mother, and the rest of the family came to visit me in a London, they wanted to see the British countryside. We couldn’t have picked a better guide for this than Robin Dale. Robin’s deep knowledge of the Cotswolds and adaptability made the tour one of the best parts of our trip. Josh, USA.
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