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Places with literary connections

Rudyard Kipling's writing desk in the study at Bateman's, East Sussex
Rudyard Kipling's writing desk in the study at Bateman's in East Sussex | © National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

Generations of writers, playwrights and poets found inspiration in the places where they lived and worked, from houses to gardens and landscapes. We now care for many of these places so you can discover the inspiration behind the words for yourself.

Bateman’s, East Sussex
Set within the Sussex Weald, Bateman's provided a sanctuary for Rudyard Kipling. He took inspiration for Puck of Pook's Hill from the hill behind this Jacobean house. Look out for his book-lined study, displayed just as he left it, along with various Persian rugs and artefacts that reflect Kipling's strong ties with India.Explore Bateman's
Coleridge Cottage, Somerset
Once home to Poet Samuel Coleridge, this 17th-century cottage was where he wrote some of his finest works, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale, Cristabel and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison.Explore Coleridge Cottage
Gray's Monument, Buckinghamshire
Standing near St Giles’ Church in Stoke Poges, this monument marks Poet Thomas Gray’s long association with the village. Pause to take in the monument before walking around the landscape that inspired Thomas to write his famous poem, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.Explore Gray's Monument
Side view of the house in spring at Greenway, Devon
Side view of the house in spring at Greenway, Devon | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Greenway, Devon
Discover the scene of the crime from Agatha Christie's novel, Dead Man's Folly, at Greenway. Agatha's beloved holiday home not only inspired her work, but housed her large collection of weird and wonderful artefacts – keep an eye out for a skull-shaped jar and a Second World War frieze in the library.Explore Greenway
Hardy’s Cottage, Dorset
Filled with literary history, this cottage is where Thomas Hardy was born. He wrote Under the Greenwood Tree, along with Far From the Madding Crowd, while living here. Explore the house and then discover nearby Max Gate, a red-brick villa designed by Hardy himself.Explore Hardy's Cottage
Hill Top, Cumbria
Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top with the royalties earned from her first book, Peter Rabbit. The garden and surrounding countryside inspired many of her works – spot the beehive nestled in the garden wall, just as it was depicted in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.Explore Hill Top
Lamb House, East Sussex
Lamb House is red-brick Georgian home with connections to some of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Henry James, E.F. Benson and Rumer Godden once resided here, while notable past visitors include H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.Explore Lamb House
The entrance hall at Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, in Cumbria
The entrance hall at Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, in Cumbria | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Monk’s House, East Sussex
Virginia Woolf purchased Monk’s House with her husband Leonard in 1919, at the start of her career as a published author. Visit this intimate home that's full of their favourite things and discover Virginia's writing lodge in the garden.Explore Monk's House
Shaw’s Corner, Hertfordshire
Playwright George Bernard Shaw left his treasured home of 44 years in our care upon his death. See the house largely as Shaw left it, with its Arts and Crafts interiors, and visit his writing hut, tucked away at the bottom of the garden.Explore Shaw's Corner
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant, Conwy
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant was the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, the first person to translate the entire Bible into Welsh. In Tudor Britain, Morgan's work gave the Welsh people easy access to biblical teachings and created a standard version of written Welsh for the first time.Explore Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant
Wordsworth House, Cumbria
William Wordsworth, a famous poet of the Romantic age, was born in this Georgian townhouse. The home and gardens are presented as they would have been in the 1770s, so you can experience it as Wordsworth would have done in his childhood.Explore Wordsworth House
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