Published on : Wednesday, February 22, 2017
For commemorating the 20th anniversary of World Book Day on 2nd March 2017, new research from VisitEngland shows that more than half of British tourists would prefer visiting a literary attraction while holidaying in England. Research showed that one in four Britons visited a literary location in England for a holiday last year.
VisitEngland research showed that 21% of trips with a literary link were in London. The city is popular for its connections with Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens.
The research also show that 20% of trips with a literary link were in Yorkshire, home of Haworth and Brontë country and Whitby Abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The North West, the setting of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons and the home of Beatrix Potter, was the destination for 18% of literature-related travel.
According to VisitEngland Director Patricia Yates, “Books fire up our imagination, they conjure up people and places and they inspire us to explore locations and landscapes associated with our favourite stories. Our literary heroes have created a wealth of must-see literary attractions across the country, motivating generations of readers to explore and discover more of regional England.”
England is home to more than 50 literature-related attractions, with author homes, museums and world famous libraries. Sites associated with eminent writers are popular with visitors. Also high on the wish-list were locations associated with Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, Beatrix Potter, JRR Tolkien and Arthur Conan Doyle. Tourism is worth more than £127 billion annually to the UK economy.