Top romance novel locations

Top romance novel locations

It’s easy to get swept up in a romance novel, but why not make your own? Here are a few of our favourite book locations for literary lovers and honeymooners to frequent…

Pride and Prejudice, Derbyshire

Although this 200-year-old romance epic was set in Hertfordshire, in reality the town of Meryton doesn't actually exist. But that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of romantic, Pride and Prejudice-inspired, locations to visit. The most memorable is probably Chatsworth House.

This stately home in the Peak District was used to represent Mr Darcy's grand abode, Pemberley, in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. It is believed that Austen actually based her idea of Pemberley on Chatsworth House as she wrote the novel while staying in nearby Bakewell. What woman wouldn't remember this decadent house, and, more importantly, a soggy Colin Firth emerging from its lake? If you want to impress your lady, relive the romance and get swimming (just don't say we sent you!). Entry to the house and its beautiful gardens is £19 per adult.

The Great Gatsby, New York

With an unambiguous identity as one of the most recognised and visited cities in the world, New York City is also a welcoming host to fiction of all kinds. Though a relatively young city, the Big Apple has plenty of history of its own and it's The Great Gatsby that offers a valuable insight into the 1920s Jazz Age; an era that kick-started the atmospheric buzz and merriment that is integral to modern New York.

Much of Fitzgerald's story takes place on the resort-like Long Island, but the novel often crescendos in iconic areas of Manhattan. An engrossing sight to bear is the ostentatious Plaza Hotel opposite Central Park, in which Gatsby and his rival, Tom Buchanan, exchange their consequential verbal blows. Central Park is the site that narrator, Nick, and on/off love interest, Jordan, enjoy a romantic stroll.

Anna Karenina, Russia

Anna Karenina is the epitome of a tragic romance. From whirlwind love affairs to devoted marriages, Leo Tolstoy's fragmented tale is full of climax and suspense set amid two picturesque and wintry cities: Moscow and St Petersburg.

But when you think of romance, Russia probably isn't the first place that springs to mind. In Russian tradition however, newlyweds are required to smooch on a bridge on their wedding day - which is why in Moscow you can stumble upon the Bridge of Kisses. Lovers have also been known to bring a padlock with their two initials etched into it to affix to one of the metal trees lining the bridge. Once this is done - and their lips are locked too - the key is thrown into the water below, symbolising fidelity, security, and everlasting love. It may not be a tradition straight out of the novel, but it's a great way to spend a loved-up afternoon in the country's capital.

Gone with the Wind, Atlanta

Ever fancied exploring the Deep South? Well now's your chance. The spirits of Clark Gable's Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara are alive in Jonesboro, Atlanta, along with their iconic, yet tempestuous, courtship.

The true tales of brave men and southern belles can be found in the town's Gone with the Wind historic district, as well as the Road To Tara Museum (link: http://visitscarlett.com/roadtotaramuseum.html). The exhibition deeply conveys the romance of this classic novel - and the 1939 film adaptation - through several exhibits, from Margaret Mitchell's china to replicas of the costumes worn in the film and numerous foreign translations of the book. Visitors can also view items from the personal collection of Herb Bridges, who is the largest private collector of Gone with the Wind memorabilia.

The museum is open Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5.30pm, and Sat, 10am-4pm, EST. Admission is $7 (around £4.25) per adult.

Image courtesy of the Chatsworth House Trust.

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