Throw on your bonnet, grab your very own Mr Darcy and check out these period drama destinations.

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1. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Backed by wooded rocky hills and expansive parkland, this iconic location has been used to film dramas such as Mr Darcy’s estate in Pride And Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version), The Duchess and The Crown.


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The house is open to the public and over Christmas the house will be alive with characters from Dickens’ Victorian London.

2. Highclere Castle, Berkshire

Berkshire’s Highclere Castle is a warm and welcoming stately home.


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The Castle features most prominently in ITV hit show Downton Abbey, as the Crawley family seat, with the drawing and dining rooms the backdrop of Violet Crawley’s (Maggie Smith) scornful put-downs. It is open to the public 60-70 days a year and is hosting a Christmas Fair on dates during December.

3. Powerscourt Estate, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

This large country estate is known for its landscape gardens, but you’re most likely to recognise it from BBC’s The Tudors, including the scene in which Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) begs King Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) for mercy.

This estate was also used in movies The Count of Monte Cristo and Excalibur. Tour the grounds and visit Ireland’s highest waterfall, which is only 6km away.

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4. Isle of Wight

If you enjoyed Judi Dench’s latest film, Victoria and Abdul, you’ll love visiting the Isle of Wight. It’s been a popular holiday destination since Victorian times, and is where Victoria and Albert’s holiday home, Osborne House is.


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Visit the grand stately home, as well as Swiss Cottage, which is full of curios – and don’t forget a walk along the beach.

5. Haddon Hall, Derbyshire

This grand Tudor home is where the adaptation of Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska was filmed, as well as scenes in Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, and The Other Boleyn Girl featuring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.

Located on the River Wye, for Christmas Haddon Hall is hosting carols and candlelit tours of the building.