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Literary Tourism: 10 Must-Visit Destinations For Any Book-Loving Traveler

Bookworms have an unyielding fascination with libraries and anything that promotes literacy. Literary tourism is a concept that celebrates reading culture. The idea is to visit places around the world that have been featured in your favorite fictional novels. An even larger form of literary tourism dedicates travel to indulging in pristine book-ridden venues or even the homes of classic authors.

Whichever method you choose, literary referenced destinations are available in virtually any spot in the world. Travelers needn't be an English major to appreciate these worldly book receptacles. Check out these 10 must-see destinations for any book-loving traveler.

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10 The Fable Bar

Located in London, The Fable bar is inspired by fairytales and the fables of Aesop. The fantasy-themed bar and restaurant is subtle and playful. The concept is spread over three different levels and offers a stunning fairy-tale escape from London's busy streets. It's the perfect place to enjoy brunch, have some tea, and geek out with your fellow book-lovers over your latest read.

9 Trinity College

This college in Dublin, Ireland is a novel enthusiasts dream. The campus holds one of the most exquisite and gorgeous libraries in all of Europe. Built on several stories the shelves of books both new and old seem endless. The Library of Trinity College is the largest library in all of Ireland, with over five million books sitting on display. It gets 10,000 new items almost every year, and, considering the library has been around since the 1500s, it might be time to expand this novel architecture.

8 Shakespeare’s Globe

The Shakespeare Globe in London is a unique housing unit that protects the famous Globe Theater. This theater is acknowledged by its use by acclaimed writer William Shakespeare. The original globe was built in 1599 but destroyed in the 1614 fire. It was reconstructed just a few years later, only to be demolished. The constant rise of this spectacle certainly speaks to its popularity among travelers. The Globe officially reopened in just 1997 as a way to pay tribute to the former theater. It now allows 1,400 spectators to watch as local actors try their hand on the stage that Shakespeare once stood.

7 Library Hotel

If you can't dedicate an entire journey to literary tourism, then at least you can stay in gems like the Library Hotel. This unique stay is fashioned just off of Madison Square in New York City. If you are one of the lucky 60 occupants that make up its rooms, you will be pleased with your own in-room library. Each guest has their own personal library of fifty to one hundred books, not including the bookshelves situated around the lobby. The hotel is expertly themed using thing Dewy Decibel System. Each floor is labeled as according to genre—for example, the fifth floor is the Science floor. Every room is also decorated to fit its own subcategories such as Poetry, Botany, Music, and even Erotic Literature.

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6 Jane Austen Centre

The influential English novelist, Jane Austen, has a museum dedicated to her own experiences in Bath, England. Outside is a newly commissioned wax figure of the historical figure. Inside, you will learn all about Austen's life in the city and how it affected her writing. Visitors can enjoy an afternoon tea in the Regency Tea Room, explore the jam-packed gift shop, or even stop by for their annual festival. Tickets for the event go on sale in June for the September event. A week-long devotion to Jane Austen offers guests the chance to live life like Jane Austen. activities include bonnet making, dancing, cooking, readings, and theatre performances.

5 Hotel Monteleone

This luxury New Orleans hotel is a beautiful fixture in the French Corner. The Beaux-Arts architectural style is derived from the late 1800s when this monument was commissioned. The family owned and operated unit earned its claim to fame, not by its gorgeous framework, but by its esteemed literary guest. Tennesse Williams, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway all reference this magnificent hotel in their works. William and Faulker even stayed here as a way to procure inspiration. Its association and reference in these classic works of writing have earned its place as an official literary landmark.

4 Book and Bed

Bibliphhilios will revel at this fascinating opportunity. This hostel is Tokyo, Japan encourages its guests to curl up and read during their stay. Their rooms are cushioned with walls of books so that anyone can find something that they might enjoy. Did we mention that your bed would be inside an actual bookshelf? Yep, finally a place to breath in that famous book-smell. You'll be surrounded by stacked wooden shelves inside your cozy oasis. If you can put down your book, you can scurry into their lobby and enjoy a refreshing coffee in the cafe.

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3 Zhongshuge

Zhongshuge looks like an endless tunnel of books. This beautiful architecture is sure to make any book-lover swoon, but really, it's all just a fantasy.  To make this bookshop in China look like an endless unit of reading supply, black mirrors are laid out on the ground floor, and the bookshelves are built at an arc to give into the illusion. The idea to make this room look like a flowing river of books actually comes from the city of Yangzhou itself. Some of China's greatest writers drew inspiration from the town's endless supply of rivers and canals. So naturally, there needed to be a bookshop to pay homage to it.

2 Hay-on-Wye, Wales

This little town doubles as a ceaseless bookshop. At just about every corner, wanderers will find one of the town's antique bookshops. Bibliophiles in the U.K frequent this tiny village to get their hands on coveted titles or second-hand novels. There are over two dozen bookshops in Hay-on-Wye, which is why locals refer to it as the "town of books."

1 Ernest Hemingway House

The Florida Keys is famous for its sun and sand, which is actually what drew in classic artists like Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway spent a part of his life nestled into this tropical oasis. His former home now acts as a museum in his honor, where book lovers can see how the famous author once lived. You can take a 30-minute guided tour for just $14 and learn all about Hemingway's writing process and time in the Keys. You'll get to see key features of the home, including its luscious gardens. Visitors will more than likely also catch a glimpse of the home's cats. The home holds 40-50 polydactyl, or six-toed, cats in remembrance of Hemingway's own polydactyl cat. Hemingway named his cats after famous people, and the Hemingway House continues to follow his tradition to this day!

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