A basic UK travel guide for bookworms and literary enthusiasts 

While we often hone in on more specialised bookish destinations, today we are taking our bookish travel recommendations back to basics with some of the more general bookish travel towns and cities in the UK. If you want to scratch the surface of literary travel, this guide is for you. Here are our recommendations based on the UK’s literary heritage and popular reading spots.

From charming bookstores to historic literary landmarks, the UK has plenty to offer those who love to read. Here are some of the best places for book lovers to visit on their next holiday.


The capital city of England is (unsurprisingly) a literary haven, boasting several world-famous bookshops, including huge chains such as Foyles and Waterstones. London is also home to numerous literary landmarks, such as the British Library and the Globe Theatre, which make wonderful stops to explore on your travels. Don’t forget to visit the Charles Dickens Museum or the Sherlock Holmes Museum to truly immerse yourself in the world of your favourite fictional characters.


A small town located in the Welsh borders, Hay-on-Wye is known as the “Town of Books” due to its abundance of bookshops. With over 20 bookshops, this town is a must-visit for bookworms. Don’t miss the annual Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, which brings together some of the biggest names in the literary world and beyond. 


The capital city of Scotland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its rich literary heritage. Home to the famous Edinburgh International Book Festival, this city also boasts several literary landmarks, including the Writer’s Museum and the Scott Monument. 


Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a must-visit for book lovers. The city is home to the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest and most impressive libraries in the world. Don’t miss a visit to Blackwell’s Bookshop, which claims to be the largest academic and specialist bookseller in the UK.


A charming city located in southwestern England, Bath is known for its Georgian architecture and Roman baths. It’s also a popular destination for book lovers, with its picturesque bookstores and Jane Austen connections. Visit the Jane Austen Centre to learn about the life and works of the famous author, or explore the city’s many independent bookshops.

These are just a few of the many destinations in the UK that are perfect for bookworms and reading enthusiasts. Whether you’re interested in literary landmarks, charming bookstores, or book-themed events, the UK has something for everyone. So pack your bags, grab a book, and get ready for a literary adventure!

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