If one’s looking for the best places to visit, for the sights to see in an area, a normal map will help you get to somewhere, if you know what one is looking for, but if one wants to find the hotspots in an area, Illustrated Maps do what normal maps cannot, showing the sights and spots.
To celebrate the World Book Day for 2017 last March 2, Visit England created an illustrated map which details the most visited literary tourist spots in the UK, using data from a research poll to help them fill in the map.
Also part of said research poll includes which authors tended to influence literary trips from their readers, with Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, JK Rowling and Shakespeare being the top-ranked. London was cited as the most popular destination, followed closely in second by Yorkshire, with North West clocking in at third thanks to Beatrix Potter’s book and Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome.
These new Illustrated Maps highlights the literary hot-spots in the country, and here’s are some of them.
- Sherlock Holmes 125th Anniversary Tour, London and surrounding areas
- Marking the 125th anniversary of the first ever Sherlock Holmes publication, this tour puts tourists in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s shoes, touring them around his favorite haunts and the locales that inspired his works, including 221B Baker Street, now with its Sherlock Holmes museum.
- National Trust
- 2017’s World Book Day was the first time ever that National Trust properties across the UK took part in the celebrations, with a weekend of children’s book activities, which were then followed by additional events with the National Trust’s Chidren’s Book Festivals from 4-5 March, at Wray Castle, and 25-26 March, at Knole.
- Drifters Waterway Holidays, The Hobbit’s 80th Anniversary
- Drifters Waterway Holidays offered a canal boat trip through Tolkien country, the places that inspired the author to write the Hobbit and eventually, the Lord of the Rings, which travels around Hall Green which was once Sarehole, the Malvern Hills, Moseley Bog, as well as Bromsgrove. This particular trip even provided complimentary copies of the Hobbit.