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7 children's books that make a great day out

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Story-time with children can often be a magical, mysterious and exciting experience – a time where you are transported to places that only your imagination can dream up.

So you may be surprised to know that you and your family can visit lots of the places that inspired some children’s literary classics, right here in the UK. Kiddicare has put together the must-see places that every children’s book-lover, young or old, needs to visit. For more fun ideas, read our guide to the Best Toddler Days Out

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Paddington Bear – Paddington Station, London

If your little one has fallen for the friendliest bear from deepest, darkest Peru then make sure to pay him a visit next time you’re in London. You’ll find this loveable bear at Paddington Station, with his old hat and ‘please look after this bear’ tag, near to the platform where he was found by the Brown family in the books. Another good place to visit would be Selfridge’s on Oxford Street where the author of Paddington Bear bought the toy bear that inspired the stories. 
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Beatrix Potter – Lake District, Cumbria

Peter Rabbit and his friends were dreamt up by Beatrix Potter whilst in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. Fans can visit Peter Rabbit’s garden at The World Of Beatrix Potter attraction and even visit the house where Beatrix Potter lived to experience the Lake District that inspired her. 
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Harry Potter – Edinburgh

The world of Harry Potter has captured the imagination of children and adults alike. Edinburgh is both where J.K Rowling started and finished penning her acclaimed series, going from Spoon café (then known as Nicholson’s Café) to the luxurious Balmoral Hotel. Make sure to visit the slightly spooky Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, a graveyard in Edinburgh’s Old Town, where you can actually find Thomas Riddell’s (otherwise known as Voldemort) gravestone. 
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Winne the Pooh - Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

One of the best-loved bears in literature, the adventures of Winne-the-Pooh were set in the stunning scenery of Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. The forest itself is full of Pooh-related finds, look out for Pooh’s house with its small door on the tree trunk, and make sure to visit the real life Pooh Bridge where you can give a game of Poohsticks a go.  
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Railway Children – West Yorkshire

The beautiful backdrop of West Yorkshire was the setting for both the book and the film of The Railway Children, a story of three children’s determination to prove their father’s innocence after he’s falsely imprisoned for spying. Head to Worth Valley Railway to be transported back in time, with impressive steam trains and traditional stations (it’s Oakworth Station where the children were famously reunited with their father in the film adaptation). 
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Watership Down – Hampshire

The charming tale of a group of rabbits from Watership Down warren has been a children’s favourite since its publication in 1972. To spot some fluffy tails in the countryside in which the book was set, head to the village of Ecchinswell in Hampshire. There you can start the Watership Down walk that passes Nuthanger Farm which features in the book. 
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Chronicles of Narnia - Oxford

The magical world of Narnia was very much inspired by the picturesque city of Oxford. C.S. Lewis both studied and taught in Oxford and there are lots of spots across the city which are must-sees for any little fans of Susan, Peter, Edmund and Lucy. For example, you’ll find a beautifully ornate door opposite the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin which is said to be C.S Lewis’s inspiration for the intricate wardrobe door that leads to Narnia. 

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