Top Literary Destinations In The UK

Here at House of Coco we would never embark on a new travel adventure without first making sure we have packed a whole host of books! Call us geeks but we always have a new book on the go and no holiday would be complete without a few options to read poolside.

The UK is a literary treasure trove. Whether it’s the work of Shakespeare, Milton or today’s contemporary writers, Britain has a proud literary tradition stretching back hundreds of years.

And on this small island, you’re never that far away from a literary haunt, curio or attraction to whet your bookish appetite.

To that end, here are 3 of the best literary destinations in the UK. Why not spirit yourself away for a book-themed trip? In the UK, we’re especially blessed, for the country is a green and pleasant land full of literary wonder. More or less wherever you are, there’s bound to be something of literary interest close to you.


London Review Bookshop and Café

There many literary things to do in London. From the home of Sherlock Holmes to the haunts of the Bloomsbury set, its streets sing and dance with stories and words both past and present. Head to the British Library if old manuscripts are your thing. The library’s collection – the largest in the world – houses more than 150 million items, so you’re pretty much spoilt for choice. From Jane Austen to James Joyce, there’s something for everyone.


Royal Shakespeare Company

The home of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon attracts millions of visitors every year. Shakespeare was born in this beautiful market town in 1564. Of the plethora of Shakespeare-related things to do, we recommend visiting the house where he was born and a trip to see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company.


If you’re a fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Whitby’s doomy, picturesque cliffs, spooky graveyards and moody seascapes are the perfect place for a spot of gothic delight. Enjoy a trip to Whitby Abbey and, every year, there’s the Whitby Goth Weekend too.

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