C.S. LEWIS LITERARY TOUR
Did you know that CS Lewis was born in, and inspired by, Northern Ireland? Join City and Causeway Tours and go through the wardrobe into the magical world of the real Narnia.
Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast on 29 November 1898 and grew up in family homes on Dundela Avenue and Circular Road in the east of the city. For Lewis (or Jack, to his friends and family) Belfast and Northern Ireland inspired him as a person, an author and influenced his work. Lewis often cited the Mourne Mountains as the inspiration for the Narnian landscape. He stated that ‘walking through the Mournes I could easily imagine a giant coming over the horizon’. Lewis also found inspiration for the books in his immediate surroundings. Not many people know it, but the wardrobe was real and not only that, but it was built in Harland and Wolff - the world famous shipyard that built the Titanic. The wardrobe was crafted by Lewis’ grandfather, who worked in the shipyard, and whose hobby was woodcraft. He built the beautiful, ornate wardrobe in his spare time.
The Narnia books were about bringing life back to a ‘joyless land’ A direct reflection of Northern Ireland during the troubles. Not only did Lewis find plenty of joy in Belfast, but he also left plenty of love too. We’re proud now to be showing the world a re-born place that he would have loved.
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