From Pride And Prejudice to Emma, Jane Austen’s classic novels have inspired countless film and TV adaptations – and with it, Janeites from across the globe have flocked to England to explore these filming locations.
Research from VisitBritain found that film and literature are powerful motivators for travel, with more than a third of potential visitors to the UK wanting to see places featured on screen.
So along with dedicated literary attractions like Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire, attracting more than 40,000 visitors last year, and the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, which had more than 128,000 people visit it last year, where else can Jane Austen’s fan club immerse themselves in some good old-fashioned novel nostalgia?
Here, we’ve rounded up five locations where Jane Austen’s tales of love, loss and longing have been filmed. You’ll have to bring your own Mr Darcy, mind…
The film: Pride And Prejudice (2005)
The location: Chatsworth House, Peak District
Located in the Peak District, Chatsworth House was cast as Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy in the 2005 film adaptation starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Rumour has it that Austen might have even taken inspiration from the grand building when writing the novel in nearby Bakewell.
The film: Emma (1996)
The location: Syon House, London
When Frank Churchill, played by Ewan McGregor, begins to reveal his feelings to Emma, it’s the Long Gallery of Syon House, Syon Park, that sets the scene.
The film: Sense And Sensibility (1995)
The location: Montacute House, Somerset
Kate Winslet was the focus of the scene filmed at Montacute House. Her character, Marianne Dashwood, was famously caught in the rain in the house’s gardens after being rejected by Willoughby.
The film: Mansfield Park (1999)
The location: Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire
Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire was transformed into Mansfield Park for the 1999 film adaptation. The house, which is now an English Heritage site, is at the centre of the drama of Fanny Price and the Bertram family.
The film: Pride And Prejudice (BBC TV series, 1995)
The location: Lyme Park, Cheshire
The lake scene. Colin Firth as Mr Darcy. The wet shirt. It all happened here at Lyme Park, which acted as the lake of Pemberley. The scene, although not part of the original story, secured Colin Firth’s status as a bona fide sex symbol.