8 Fictional Literary Destinations You Can Visit in Real Life

We get lost among the pages of our favourite novels, happily so, and those fictional worlds become our own. However, many of us still dream of visiting the imaginary places in our favourite novels, and while we can’t walk the halls of Hogwarts, or visit Middle Earth, we can look at places that inspired our favourite books, or the filming locations of adaptations for some inspiration for a literary holiday!

Today we have ten fictional destinations that you can – kind of – visit in real life, bringing your fictional worlds to life.

Hobbiton – The Hobbit

We can’t promise actual Hobbits but film director Peter Jackson built Hobbiton right into the New Zealand countryside, and the set is available to visit today in Waikato, New Zealand if you’re a fan of The Hobbit.

 

Mordor – Lord of the Rings

And you could follow this up with a trip to Mordor, also in New Zealand, filmed at Mount Tongariro, though beware as if you want to climb Mount Doom it’s a six hour long hike.

 

Hogwarts – Harry Potter

Hogwarts Castle was filmed in a variety of locations, all of which you can visit to get a feel for filming. Many of the outdoor shots were filmed at Alnwick Castle, and the Great Hall belongs to Gloucester Cathedral, but if you really want to get a taste for Hogwarts you should really visit the Warner Bros studio tour (pictured)!

 

King’s Landing – Game of Thrones

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan then you can visit the city that became King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms as the series was shot in Mdina, Malta, a walled medieval city that you should be able to escape from with your life.

 



West Egg – The Great Gatsby

Forget the scenes from the movie, we’re going straight to Fitzgerald’s inspiration for West Egg as we know it’s based on Long Island where Fitzgerald lived alongside various other ‘new money’ figures.

 

President Snow’s House – The Hunger Games

If you fancy visiting President’s Snow’s house from the Hunger Games you can. It’s historic Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia and it’s open to visitors.

 

Overlook Hotel – The Shining

While The Shining movie doesn’t really hit the spot for fans of the book, the setting pretty much nailed it. The Overlook Hotel from the movie was filmed at Timberline Lodge in Oregon in the USA and if you dare you can still stay there today!

 

Narnia – The Chronicles of Narnia

Oamaru in New Zealand was chosen as the destination for filming Narnia thanks its spectacular landscape, and you can visit it today, though you may not be able to enter via the wardrobe.

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Charles Dickens: Man of Science is a current exhibition running at the Charles Dickens Museum until November 11th and the exhibition is looking at the author’s contribution to science, and notably medicine.

Dickens astute observations on human behaviours means he spotted many illnesses and their symptoms before they were recognised by the medical community and his descriptions so accurate that they can be used to build correlation between symptoms and disease.
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£2m Revamp Complete for National Centre for Writing

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The National Centre for writing relaunches in Norwich this week following a £2 million revamp for the historic Dragon Hall. It was previously known as the Writers’ Centre, Norwich but now the facility is to be a “Physical and digital space to explore the artistic and social power of creative writing, and support the creation and enjoyment of world literature” according to a spokesman interviewed by The Bookseller this week.

Parts of the historic Dragon Hall date back to 1430, meaning any renovations had to be sympathetic. The project was given the go ahead back in 2016 and was backed by a number of high profile patrons including Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, Elif Shafak, J. M Coetzee, and Sarah Perry.
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A library is not strictly a building full of books to borrow- it is much, much more!

All around the world librarians and local councils are ensuring they keep up with the modern world by offering fun and interesting things alongside the books.

From a calculation of your savings, to emergency bubble wrap for times of stress- and everything in between- here is a list of ten things you wish your local library has!

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Summer is right around the corner and we’re all looking forward to basking in the sun, hitting the beach, and enjoying warm evenings with friends. No doubt many of you are looking forward to a quick getaway for a week or two and there are certainly many far off and interesting places to visit. From the seemingly buoyant city of Venice to the breathtaking national parks found across the United States, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the real world but, for bibliophiles, there are also many other special places to visit, places that can only be explored via the books within which they exist. Read More

Pride and Prejudice House’s £33 Million Renovation

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Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, where the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was filmed, is due for a renovation.

The Duke of Devonshire had decided the house needed a certain amount of care and attention, and the installation of WIFI, if it is to be financially viable in the future. It is said to be the most costly and time-consuming renovation for nearly 200 years.

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