When people think of visiting the United Kingdom, their thoughts always turn to London and Buckingham Palace. Really, it’s hard to think of anything more British than walking along the Thames or eating fish and chips at Hyde Park or Trafalgar Square, but a short train ride out of London can also transport you to the worlds of some of the most well-known figures in English literature. This small island is big on history and some truly beautiful places to see, so click through the gallery below to see what the UK has to offer an adventurous traveler.

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(First published in Marie Claire Philippines, Lifestyle section as “Beyond Big Ben” in April 2009; photos by Joanna Manalastas unless otherwise noted; adapted for use in Female Netowrk)

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