10 Literary Landmarks I’d Love to Visit

The list of places I’d love to visit is longer than any novel.

Especially the places that have to do with literary history. Many of the places that I would like to visit are in Europe, but some American literary landmarks have made their way onto my list as well.

Here are a few literary landmarks that I’d love to visit. Would you like to visit them too?

Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare was born in the cute English town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and I have schemed and dreamed of visiting. If I ever do get to visit, I plan on bringing a copy of Romeo and Juliet and reading some of my favorite parts in the home of the great bard.

221b Baker Street / The Sherlock Holmes Museum

221b Baker Street is the real life address of the famous fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Sherlock Holmes Museum would be so fun to visit–why, I’m sure that one could hear Sherlock shouting at Watson as he rushed out the door to solve another case. “Come, Watson, come, the game is afoot!”

The Brontë Parsonage Museum

The Emily and Charlotte Brontë have written some of my favorite novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, and I am looking forward to reading Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I’m sure that to visit their old home in Haworth would be like stepping into a part of their world.

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Jane Austen’s novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are two of my favorite novels not only for their characters but also for the immersive Victorian setting. Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire is the only place where Jane Austen lived and wrote that is open to the public. I would love to see a place where Jane Austen wrote and lived! It looks like such a charming house.

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

This beautiful bookstore in Paris looks like something that was plucked out of a bookworm’s daydreams. It has a fascinating history and shelves upon shelves of books. Something just as cool? You can stay in this bookstore as a Tumbleweed. All one has to do is read a book a day, write a one page autobiography, and help out around the bookstore for a few hours. If that doesn’t sound like something from a novel, I don’t know what does.

The American Writers Museum

There’s a whole exhibit with beautiful typewriters. And then another exhibit where you can type away on them. Who wouldn’t want to come here?

The Emily Dickinson Museum

Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets (“Not in Vain” is one of my favorite poems of hers). Her reclusive life is fascinating and her poetry is beautiful and poignant. Just as with the other authors’ former homes, I would love to visit Emily Dickinson’s home to see where she wrote some of the most beautiful words I’ve ever read.

The New York Public Library

If the famed lions outside this library’s doors don’t fascinate you enough, the Rare Book Division housing rare copies of works such as John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and the exhibit housing the original Winnie the Pooh and his friends certainly will. And of course, it’s a LIBRARY. Who wouldn’t want to visit a library?

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is probably my favorite book. Orchard House is one of the top places I’d want to visit, as Orchard House is where Louisa wrote Little Women and where Little Women is set.

Literary Walk in Central Park

The Literary Walk in Central Park is home to statues of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Fitz-Greene Halleck, and William Shakespeare. It seems like it would be a good place to meander about and write, to contemplate and dream. And of course, Central Park itself has made several appearances in good books throughout time.

What is a literary landmark that you would like to visit?

8 thoughts on “10 Literary Landmarks I’d Love to Visit

  1. I HIGHLY recommend Orchard House and the guided tour. I went about two summers ago when I was working up in MA and it was AMAZING. You get to see “Amy”‘s original artwork all over the house 🙂 🙂

    Catherine

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  2. Ooooohhhhh….. it would probably have to be The New York Public Library. I love Louisa May Alcott’s book Little Women. I love Emily Dickinson’s poems.

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