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Authors of Fact and Fiction

Some of the tour’s sights.







Edinburgh Castle

Britain has been blessed with some of the best authors and writers, both ancient and modern from William Shakespeare to AA Milne and JK Rowling via The Bronte's, Robert Burns and Ian Rankin. This tour is a sample itinerary that encourages the participant to visit some of the places associated with the some of the world's greatest writers. Places where they lived experienced and performed and in some case where they still live and can be seen. This tour will often be amended by clients and timed to be in the country to coincide with an event, whether this be the annual Literature Festivals like those in Hay on Wye and Cheltenham or some great literary anniversary.




Day 1 – London

Arrive in London and meet your specialist professional tour manager and private deluxe motor coach for a transfer in to central London and a general panoramic sightseeing tour suitable for first time and repeat visitors to London.

Overnight London


Day 2 – London

After breakfast spend the day in the company of your specialist guide visiting firstly The Charles Dickens Museum, which houses the world's most important collection of material relating to the Victorian novelist and social commentator. See The Old Curiosity Shop and parts of Bloomsbury that Dickens new. The afternoon is devoted to a guide tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and to the nearby site of The Rose Theatre, the first Elizabethan Theatre in this area. Please note that these two distinct areas are best visited as we do on a private walking tour. A fully guided visit is also included to Westminster Abbey and to Poets' Corner, the final resting places of people such as Chaucer, Dickens and Hardy. Dinner tonight will be in Rules, London's oldest restaurant where Dickens is said to have eaten. Overnight London


Day 3 – London

Groups on this day discuss with us there specific interest and we can accommodate most requests. Samples that could be of interest include private Tours of The British Library, Jack the Ripper's London, Sherlock Holmes Tours, Harry Potters London, The Da Vinci Code in London, The London of Peter Pan, Paddington Bear or jane Austen, Dinner tonight in a traditional pub on Fleet Street. Overnight London


Day 4 – Darwin and Pooh!

Leaving London to the south our day begins with a visit to Downe House, the home of Charles Darwin and where he wrote "Upon the Origin of the Species" Nearby is the town of Rochester where a guide in period costume takes you on a pleasant walk on the life of Dickens. A change in pace as you travel deeper in to Kent to discover the wonders of the real 100 Acre Wood and Pooh Bridge. Overnight Dorking


Day 5 – Austen and Wiltshire

Crossing from the heavily wooded county of Surrey to the rich farmlands of Hampshire a pause is made to visit the home of Jane Austen before we pay our respects at her tomb in nearby Winchester Cathedral. Here we can also see the tomb to Lawrence of Arabia before we travel to Salisbury to see a Magna Carta and cross Wiltshire to arrive in Oxford. Overnight Oxford


Day 6 – Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford

A tour of literary Oxford teaches us more about Alice in Wonderland, CS Lewis, Philip Pullman, Colin Dexter, JK Rowling and more and has to include a visit inside Christ Church. In the early afternoon travel north to pay our respects to William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit his tomb in Holy Trinity Church, visit his birthplace and visit the nearby home of his wife at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

Overnight Staffordshire


Day 7 – Yorkshire Moors

Travelling further north we reach Yorkshire and the wild and windy moors and the small market town of Haworth to visit the Parsonage home of The Bronte Family and to take a canal boat journey on England's longest inland waterway. Travelling via the Yorkshire Dales National Park arrive in The Lake District. Overnight Lake District


Day 8 – Lake District

A whole day exploring The Lake District takes us to the isolated farmhouse home of Beatrix Potter and the lovely village of Grasmere to the home of the poet William Wordsworth. Overnight Lake District


Day 9 – Scottish Borders

After breakfast journey through the northern section of the Lake District en route to the Scottish Border. Pause to visit the Birthplace of Thomas Carlysle and a little further north the birthplace of Robert Burns. Overnight Edinburgh


Day 10 – Edinburgh

A full day to enjoy stunning Edinburgh. Our locally guided tour will take you inside Edinburgh Castle and The Scottish Writers Museum to learn more about Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson in the city forever associated with the likes Jekyll and Hyde, Burke and Hare, Greyfriars Bobby, JK Rowling and Ian Rankin. Private story telling sessions can be arranged on request to make a unique end to the tour. Overnight Edinburgh


Day 11 – Depart

Travel by coach with accompanying guide to the airport for departure.


This is a sample itinerary

Our tours are tailor made to the exact specifications of the group planner. Please contact us for your custom quotation and itinerary.


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