So I'm sticking to Britain for TTT and these are my top ten settings that I would love to see used in a novel:
St Andrews is a former royal burgh on the East Coast of Fife with historic buildings all around. Home to St Andrews University and the ruins of what used to be St Andrews Cathedral, built around 1158. The seaside town is still full of history and also golf. Lots of it. It's home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the most frequent venue for The Open Championships.
2) York, England
This one is going to be the setting for a future project but I'd love to see more York in British books. York is a walled city with a strong heritage that is celebrated annually with festivals like the Jorvik Viking Festival. Each annual the Jorvik Viking Centre (one of York's museums) where different events ranging from re-enactments, academic, archaeological and markets celebrate the city's history with Vikings. York is also the most haunted city in England. Click here for my post on York as an inspirational setting.
3) Whitby, England
Another slightly ghoulish Yorkshire location. This seaside town is split into two with the harbour and Whitby Abbey towers over the whole town, high up on a cliff (known for it's 199 steps that lead from the town to the Abbey). Whitby is mostly known for it's literary history, especially famous for Dracula and in every shop you go in there will be merchandise celebrating that connection. If you ever fancy reading Dracula you definitely wouldn't have to search high and low for a copy. And like a typical seaside town all you can smell is fish and chips. Here's a full post I wrote on Whitby.
The Lake District is a mountainous region surrounded by lakes, mountains and forests as well as picturesque towns and villages. These large lakes almost take up the whole Cumbria. It's a real family spot where parents and their children come down to kayak, canoe, and sail. If you have characters who love water spots or fancy making England a bit fantastical, The Lake District is perfect. The town of Keswick has a gorgeous lakeside theatre that overlooks Derwentwater and people of all ages come there to swim as well and lounge around.
5) Camden Town, London
Okay, London had to worm its way on the list somehow. But nobody ever mentions Camden Town. The crazy, alternative shopping area where you could walk around with a tutu and Prince of Wales mask on and nobody would bat an eyelid. Camden was home for the goths, grungers, and punks living in London where you could roam the markets and find band clothes, corsets, and large, platform boots.
Famous for being one of the royal family's residencies, Windsor Castle is practically in the centre of this town with shops and restaurants circling it. Twice a day you can catch the changing of the guard. Windsor also connects to Eton, famous for the prestigious Eton college by Windsor Bridge. I was there in August 2012 where Eton still had bunting hanging from the streets so it looked incredibly British and proud.
7) Leeds, England
8) Cotswolds, England
A range of hills throughout the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire as well as extending into Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire. Classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the area is full of little towns and villages like Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Norton.
9) Richmond, N.Yorkshire, England
10) Wetherby, England
And there are ten lovely settings that I'd love to see get noticed and used for British fiction. The UK has it's share of rough areas but there are some truly stunning locations here that would be great to use in WiPs.
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