Reading takes you to places you have never been. But there is nothing like seeing the streets, towns, and cities featured in many stories you have devoured. If you are like many book lovers, you probably have a list of destinations in mind you want to visit. They could be the homes of your favorite authors or the settings of stories that you love. Whatever the reason, you love the idea of exploring places that you have only read about before. Here are some of the top travel destinations that bibliophiles would love.
Dublin, Ireland, UK
Dublin has produced some of the best literary works and icons including the greatest number of Nobel Prize laureates for Literature. It is not surprising that many book lovers are drawn to this beautiful city. In 2010, it became a UNESCO City of Literature. The city boasts of several literary attractions and tours that would delight the hearts of bibliophiles from around the world. Imagine walking around the city where the likes of James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and W. B. Yeats cultivated their illustrious literary careers. A visit to Dublin should include a walking tour of renowned attractions that include George Bernard Shaw’s birthplace, James Joyce Centre, Mulligans, and Oscar Wilde House among many others.
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Edinburgh earned the distinction of being the first UNESCO City of Literature. It is a treasure trove of bookish attractions that will send bookworms’ heart aflutter. The city is teeming with places featured in many great stories. It is home to many renowned names in the literary world such as the likes of Adam Smith, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. And they are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. A brief visit to this wondrous city would not be enough to explore everything it has to offer to book lovers. Make sure to plan your visit well to make the most of whatever time you have for sightseeing and wanderings.
London boasts of several literary sites. It is in this city that many great stories have been penned by legendary writers and playwrights. Some of the numerous points of interests for book lovers visiting the city include The Globe. A visit to the place is a must for Shakespeare lovers since it is built to model the old theater where the famous poet and playwright’s works were performed. The Charles Dickens Museum, Sherlock Holmes Museum, Poet’s Corner, and Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station are likewise among the city’s biggest draws. Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Rudyard Kipling, Shakespeare, William Blake, and J.K. Rowling are just a few of the many literary icons the city has produced.
New York City, USA
New York City has churned out many great writers and literary works. It is not surprising that it attracts many bibliophiles from across the globe. The city even has a Library Hotel where bookworms can enjoy amenities such as a poetry garden and nooks and rooms perfect for reading. Strolling around the city will lead you to many interesting places that have been featured in books or showcase sculptures and artworks of literary characters and icons.
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg has been a backdrop to several famous Russian literary pieces. If you have read Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, you will likely appreciate the marvels of this spectacular city.