The best places to visit for bookworms in North Wales

From medieval poetry to modern day Pullman, North Wales has plenty to inspire the bookworms in your family, whether it’s re-reading an old favourite, discovering a classic or finally “meeting” your literary hero in real life.

Llandudno and Alice in Wonderland

Some historians have linked Alice Liddell to Lewis Carrol’s Alice from the childhood favourite, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Said to be the town where Alice and her family stayed on holiday, this North Wales seaside town has an Alice in Wonderland trail to explore with wooden sculptures to help you along your way. There’s even a White Rabbit sculpture in marble and a towering Alice carved out of wood for photo opportunities.

Step back in time to medieval literature

St Winefride’s Well is named in the well-known medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight whose author is unknown. Located in Holywell, Flintshire, it has been welcoming visitors and pilgrims to its shrine and well for over 1,300 years, making it the oldest pilgrimage site with continuous visits in the United Kingdom. According to local legend, St Winefride was a young woman who rejected the advances of a local man who cut her head off. The tale ends well though, as a well sprung up at the site and St. Winefride was healed by her uncle at the site of the well and came back to life.

From Welsh mythology to modern day Philip Pullman

Ardudwy in Gwynned is well known in Welsh mythology but in modern times it is Philip Pullman who put it on the literary map. The Broken Bridge by Pullman is set in Cardigan Bay and Pullman acknowledges that the time he spent living in North Wales inspired him in his writing style, his feelings and his interest in visual arts. Pullman’s love for the landscapes of Ardudwy are said to be reflected in the main character Ginny’s love for the area around her.

Visit the garden from the Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

This delightful garden in Denbigh was once owned by Beatrix Potter’s aunt and uncle, visiting as a young girl between 1895 and 1913. It’s no surprise, therefore, that it was one of the inspirations for the garden in her story The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. A whopping 17 of the 26 illustrations of the archways, paths, flowers and kitchen garden in the story were drawn by Beatrix Potter herself.

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