Jane Austen filming locations in Britain

Lyme Park in Cheshire was the setting for Colin Firth's famous dip. Credit: VisitBritain/Joe Wainwright/Cheshire County Council

We take a look at some of the most beautiful places used for Jane Austen filming locations, many of which are open for you to visit

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort,” wrote Jane Austen in Emma. But the truth is: one of Britain’s most loved novelists was inspired by many beautiful places beyond her own hearth.

Perhaps the best loved of Austen’s locations is Pemberley, Mr Darcy’s ancestral home, which Elizabeth Bennet falls for even before she falls for the man himself.

The source of inspiration for this world-famous location is said to be Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, which was used in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, whose bust Chatsworth has hung on to as a souvenir of the film.

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Chatsworth House is said to have inspired Pemberley. Credit: VisitBritain/Visit Peaks/Daniel Bosworth

Lyme Park in Cheshire, will forever be associated with Colin Firth and his impromptu dip in the 1995 BBC adaptation of the same novel.

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Spring at Lyme Park. Credit: VisitBritain/Joe Wainwright/Cheshire County Council

Darcy’s initial proposal, however, took place in the stunning landscape gardens of Stourhead.

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Stourhead landscape gardens were the scene of Darcy’s first proposal in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View

Historian Dr Robert Clark proposed a theory that Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire, the home of relatives of Spencer Perceval, the only-ever assassinated British Prime Minister, also doubled as the inspiration for Mansfield Park, which happens to be set in Northamptonshire.

Jane Austen loved Bath, where she set Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. In the latest issue of Discover BritainYou can read more about Jane Austen and Bath, and the filming locations for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Persuasion, starring Dakota Johnson, in the , out now.

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The pretty village of Lacock in Wiltshire featured as Meryton in the iconic 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

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Hampshire: the county that shaped Jane Austen


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