Books

Five beautiful libraries across the network
Whether you’re looking for the latest page-turner or simply love the company of literature, these amazing libraries make for the perfect afternoon escape, and they’re all easily reached by GWR train. more >
3rd September 2019
From cult hero to England’s bard: explore the London destinations that made Shakespeare
Every 23 April the world celebrates William Shakespeare’s birth, and to help mark the occasion, we explore the bard’s life as it was lived in the country’s capital, visiting some of the places and objects that helped define him. more >
15th April 2019
Alohomora! Unlock five secret Harry Potter destinations you can reach by train
The unfathomably famous Harry Potter series is full of references to real-life places in the UK. From Gloucester to London, you can discover the top spots that either inspired the Bristol-born author or were used as locations in the blockbuster films more >
19th March 2019
Celebrate World Book Day with these five great independent bookshops
We’re getting into the literary spirit on this very special day. Here are five top independent bookshops taking part in this year’s World Book Day celebrations, and better yet, they’re just a hop, skip and jump from GWR train stations. more >
4th March 2019
Literary events this November: book signings, festivals and author talks
Love books, love reading, love all things literature? Tons of events celebrating the written word are taking place across the network this November. Here’s our pick of some of the best talks and author meet and greets from crime, non-fiction and even Bob The Street Cat! more >
5th November 2018