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BATEMAN’S

Bateman's was the home of author Rudyard Kipling for 34 years.  Set in acres of charming gardens, the house is 17th century but the interior is definitely early 20th century.  There's a real sense of the man there.

Bateman's Lane,
Burwash
East Sussex
TN19 7DS
Edwardian
Kipling's House
National Trust listing for Bateman's
Bodiam Castle, Sheffield Park
National Trust
BRONTE PARSONAGE MUSEUM

The Brontë family moved to Haworth in 1820, when Patrick Brontë was appointed ‘perpetual curate’ of the parish church. They lived in the Parsonage, where the three immensely talented sisters wrote some of the finest literature in the English language. Though it will overwhelm those who do not actually worship the Brontës, the Parsonage Museum is fascinating. And the town of Haworth is always worth a visit anyway. Don't miss the Gothic splendour of the churchyard!

Church Street
Haworth
Keighley
West Yorkshire
BD22 8DR
Victorian
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (heritage railway).
Other
COLERIDGE COTTAGE

This 17th century cottage (originally two) was rented by the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) for about 3 years between 1797 and 1799. He was visited here by his friend, William Wordsworth, and it was here that he wrote 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', the interrupted/unfinished 'Kubla Khan' and other works. The National Trust has done a very good job presenting the cottage as the Coleridge family might have known it - and there's a cute garden.

35 Lime Street
Nether Stowey
Nr Bridgwater
Somerset
TA5 1NQ
Georgian
National Trust
EAGLE & CHILD

Popular 17th century pub known for its associations with regulars , the writers RR Tolkien and CS Lewis. The pub is also known as 'the bird and baby'.

49 St Giles
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3LU
Modern
Eagle & Child website
Oxford City Centre and colleges
Private - open to the public
HARDY’S COTTAGE

The writer Thomas Hardy's birthplace in 1840, where he grew up with his parents and sisters and where he wrote Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd.

Note - entry is sometimes by timed ticket.

Image: Chris Downer via Wikimedia Commons

Higher Brockhampton
Nr Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 8QJ
Victorian
Clouds Hill, Bovington, Max Gate, Tolpuddle
National Trust
HILL TOP

This is children's author, illustrator and farmer Beatrix Potter's house, which she bought in 1906 and where she wrote many of her tales. The house, along with a great deal of land in the Lake District, was left to the National Trust after Beatrix died in 1943. The house, which is 17th century, is really tiny and inevitably gets crowded - entry is often by timed ticket and queues are likely. However, you can also wander in the garden and see if you can spot Peter Rabbit.

You should also note that parking is very limited at this property.

Near Sawrey
Hawkeshead
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 0LF
Edwardian
Despite the address, the property is a good distance from either Hawkshead or Ambleside. The most interesting route is to take your car or bike on the ferry across Windermere between Bowness and Far Sawrey.
National Trust
MAX GATE

Writer Thomas Hardy's house from 1885 until his death in 1928. It was here that he wrote Tess of the d'Urbervilles and the Mayor of Casterbridge. The house was designed by Hardy himself - he was a trained architect - and later extended. Hardy also laid out the gardens.

Alington Avenue
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 2AB
Victorian
National Trust webpage for Max Gate
Maiden Castle, Hardy's Cottage
National Trust
NANCY’S STEPS

Steps associated with the fictional murder of Nancy in Charles Dickens' novel 'Oliver Twist'

London Bridge
South Bank
West side
London
SE1
Victorian
Nancy's Steps
London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral
Local Authority
PETER PAN’S STATUE

The Scottish author J M Barrie erected a statue to his creation in Kensington Gardens in 1912, on the spot near the Long Water, where Peter landed having flown out of his nursery.

Kensington
London
W2 2UH
Modern
Royal Parks website with a map of Kensington Gardens
Post code is very approximate. Use a map and explore Kensington Gardens
Royal Parks
POOH CORNER

If you're looking for 100 Acre Wood, Poohsticks Bridge, the Enchanted Place - and all the other spots associated with Winnie-the-Pooh, you'll find them all in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Unless you know where you're going, probably the best place to start is the House at Pooh Corner, a shop and cafe (Piglet's Cafe), specialising in all things Pooh. You could even try to trap a Heffalump.

High Street
Hartfield
East Sussex
TN7 4AE
Modern
Website for the House at Pooh Corner
Between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells
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