Books can instantly transport us to another time or place ... from platform nine and three quarters in Harry Potter to Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Settings in some of our favourite books are based on real-life destinations. Here are great eight destinations that inspired authors.
1 Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne - Ashdown Forest, East SussexSome 40 miles from London, Ashdown Forest entices more than million visitors each year.Winnie the Pooh’s adventures with Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin have been entertaining children for more than 90 years. Its author AA Milne lived near Ashdown Forest and went walking in the area with his son, Christopher Robin.The fictional Hundred Acre Wood is based on Five Hundred Acre Wood which is located in Ashdown Forest.Take a walk through the magical wood to find Poohsticks Bridge.
2 Harry Potter by JK Rowling - King’s Cross Station, LondonThe fictional Platform 9¾ is where young witches and wizards catch the Hogwarts Express. Hogwarts students get on to the platform by running through a brick wall between platforms 9 and 10.King’s Cross Station is a sentimental place for JK Rowling as her parents met on a train to Scotland which departed from the station.
3 The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends by Beatrix Potter - the Lake DistrictThe natural beauty and abundant wildlife found in the Lake District inspired Beatrix Potter to write her tales. Using the royalties from her first books, Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top near Hawkshead in 1905. Her old residence, with many of her beloved treasures, is now owned by the National Trust.
4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - Great Maytham Hall, KentFrances Hodgson Burnett, lived at Great Maytham Hall between 1898 and 1907. While living there she found an overgrown and neglected garden. It’s claimed that a robin helped her find the secret door providing further inspiration.
5 Mary Poppins by PL Travers - Admiral’s House, HampsteadPL Travers took her inspiration from her eccentric neighbour, an 18th-century naval officer called Fountain North. He built a ship’s quarterdeck on the top of his house in Hampstead Heath and like Admiral Boom, he even had cannons up there which he fired occasionally.
6 Matilda by Roald Dahl - Great Missenden LibraryRoald Dahl called Great Missenden, a quiet little village in Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire home for more than 30 years. The village has numerous spots that are easily identifiable in Roald Dahl’s greatest works and it is also now home to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.The library welcomes Roald Dahl fans and has hidden 26 quotations from Roald Dahl stories all over the library for visitors to find.
7 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis - Mourne MountainsCS Lewis holidayed in the Mourne Mountains and once said about the scenery that “it made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise its head over the next ridge”The Narnia trail begins through a wardrobe door and also features the Lamp Post, and Aslan’s Table.
8 The Famous Five by Enid Blyton - Brownsea Island, PooleEnid Blyton lived in London but spent around a month each year vacationing in Dorset. As a result, many of her Five stories are set in the Southwest Coast.Research by My Late Deals site.