The heroes of children’s stories stay with us for a lifetime. They are among our earliest friends. So when beautifully sculpted bronze depictions of beloved characters such as Paddington Bear or Ramona Quimby are erected, they quickly become must-visit sites.
These monuments of nostalgia tend to pop up in the authors’ birthplaces, landscapes that served as inspiration, or real-world locations that feature in our favorite fictional adventures. Here are nine places around the world to visit cherished literary figures in real life.