The stately homes used as filming locations in the Pride & Prejudice movie (2005) and BBC mini-serie (1995) are among the most beautiful country houses in England. Jane Austen‘s Pride & Prejudice is a classic and much loved for many generations. But the film adaptations of this novel are equally as good ánd bring the novel to life.
Have you always wondered what a stately home like Pemberley or Rosings is like in real life? Most of the stately homes used as Pride & Prejudice filming locations can be visited by you!
Discover the grounds of “Pemberley” where Mr. Darcy (played by Colin Firth) walked after his dip in the lake. Or channel your inner Lizzie Bennett (played by Keira Knightley) and be amazed by the painting ceiling at Chatsworth House that features as Pemberley in the Pride & Prejudice movie.
Scroll down to see all stately homes that feature in the Pride & Prejudice movie and BBC mini serie. Read more about these impressive houses. And see when you can visit these English country estates. To make your travel plans to the Pride & Prejudice filming locations even easier, I have also included a Google Map for you to use.
Pride and Prejudice movie filming locations
We start with taking a look at the filming locations of the movie Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
Groombridge Place features as Longbourn in the movie Pride & Prejudice
The most important home of the Pride & Prejudice book & movie is of course Longbourn. Longbourn is the family home of the five Bennet sisters.
In the Pride & Prejudice film Groombridge Place features as the cozy and slightly disorganized Longbourn House.
Groombrige Place is a moated country house built in the 17th century. The house, bridges and moat gates are designed by Sir Christopher Wren (who also designed St. Pauls Cathedral).
The first owner of Groombridge place Philip Packer designed the gardens together with horticulturalist John Evelyn. The 17th century grid layout of the garden can still be seen today.
Can I visit Groombridge Place? Yes and no! Groombridge House is a private residence and is not open to the public (though you can rent the house as a wedding venue). The gardens, canal and forest at Groombridge Place are open to the public Wednesday to Sunday.
The exteriors, Hall and Sculpture Gallery of Chatsworth House feature as Pemberley in the movie Pride & Prejudice. Chatsworth also features in Death Comes to Pemberley.
Elizabeth Bennet walks into Pemberley and into the great hall. Here she gets entranced by the beautiful painted ceiling. I think we all know the scene. And you can be equally entranced because that painted ceiling is to be found at Chatsworth House.
Chatsworth is the seat of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire. The house has belonged to the Cavendish family for almost 500 years (16 generations of the Cavendish family).
Chatsworth holds a large collection of art that span 4,000 years from ancient Rome and Egypt to Old Masters like Rembrandt and Veronese to modern artist like Lucian Freud and David Nash.
The stately home also holds a large collection of furniture, neoclassical sculptures (as you can see in Pride & Prejudice, when Elizabeth encounters the statue of Mr. Darcy) and books.
When you visit Chatsworth you can explore 25 rooms, from the Painted Hall to State Rooms and the Sculpture Gallery.
The Devonshire Family
William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire married Georgiana Spencer, a famous socialite who gathered a large circle of literary and political friends. A movie of her life was made in 2008 with Keira Knightley playing The Duchess (some scenes were filmed at Chatsworth). Georgiana was the great-great-great-great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales.
William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington (the eldest son of the 10th Duke of Devonshire) married Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of John F. Kennedy, in 1944. William was killed in action in Belgium in September 1944 and Kathleen died in a plane crash in 1948.
His younger brother Andrew became the Duke in 1950 and he was married to Deborah Mitford (one of the famous Mitford girls). Deborah actively promoted the estate and increased the visitor income until her dead in 2014.
Fun fact: Chatsworth House is also mentioned in the novel Pride & Prejudice as one of the stately homes that Elizabeth Bennet visits before she goes to Pemberley.
Can I visit Chatsworth House? Yes! Chatsworth House, gardens, farmyard and playground are open daily
Burghley House features as Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s Rosings Park in the movie Pride & Prejudice
You probably remember the (slightly awkward) dinner scene at Rosings Park. The dark art-filled dining room is an impressive setting for this scene in Pride & Prejudice. Burghley House is the film location for Rosings.
Burghley House is an Elizabethan “prodigy” house (a prodige house is a large & showy English country house, often built by courtiers and nobel families). It is one of the oldest and grandest surviving Elizabethan houses in England.
Burghley House is built by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer of Queen Elizabeth I, who later became 1st Baron Burghley. The built started in 1555 and lasted 32 years.
The interiors of Burghley House are in Baroque style. The house contains a large art collection, mainly collected in Italy by the 5th and 9th Earl in the 17th and 18th century.
in the 18th century, the 9th Earl employed famous English landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown to modernize the gardens, the surrounding parkland and parts of the house. The north-west wing was destroyed (making Burghley lose its “E-shape”) to have a better view of the surrounding parkland. An Orangery and Gothic garden Summerhouse were added to the grounds.
Burghley House often features as film location. Among the movies and television programmes filmed here are: Elizabeth I: The Golden Age, The Da Vince Code, The Crown and of course Pride & Prejudice.
Can I visit Burghley House? Yes! Burghley House is open every Wednesday to Sunday. The gardens at Burghley House are open daily
Netherfield Park is filmed in Basildon Park in Pride & Prejudice 2005 and in Pride & Prejudice and Zombies
Basildon Park is an 18th-century country house in Berkshire. The house is designed by John Carr for Sir. Francis Sykes in a Palladian-style. During the First Wold War the house was used as a convalescent home for officers and soldiers of the Berkshire regiments. And in the Second World War the estate was used by the American Army for D-Day training and later it was a prisoner of war camp for Germans and Italians.
In the 1950s the house was bought by Edward and Renée Iliffe. The house had been badly damaged during the war but Edward and Renée carefully renovated the house to its former glory while also adding new features such as central heating, a modern kitchen and new bathrooms.
In 1978 the estate was gifted to the National Trust.
Can I visit Basildon Park? Yes! The estate, gardens, mansion, shop and tearoom are open to visitors daily (the mansion is closed on Wednesday). Admission: £10 for adults and £5 for children
Hadden Hall features as The Inn at Lambton in the movie Pride & Prejudice
Hadden Hall is one of the most important historic houses in England. The 900 year old house has always been inherited in the same family in all those years. Haddon Hall is the former seat of the Dukes of Rutland. The current Duke’s brother now lives at Haddon Hall.
The interiors of Hadden Hall have largely been untouched. The Hall was left under lock and key by the owners for more than 200 years. This means that you can still see original interiors from the 14th-century to the Early Elizabethan period.
Can I visit Haddon Hall? Yes! The Hall is open for visitors and it includes a recently renovated restaurant.
Pemberley’s drawing room is filmed in Wilton House in Pride and Prejudice (2005)
King Henry VIII granted the land on which Wilton House stands to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke in 1544. Since then the estate has always state in the Herbert family. Currently it is the family home of the 18th Earl.
The South front of the house is designed in Palladian style by famed architect Inigo Jones. Behind this front you can find the State Rooms (7 in total) which have been restored by the current Earl.
The interiors of Pemberley are filmed in The Double Cube Room. The room is designed by Inigo Jones and has paintings by Sir Anthony Van Dyck of Charles I and the Earl of Pembroke. On the ceiling is a painting depicting the story of Perseus, painted by Thomas de Critz.
Fun fact: Wilton House also features in Jane Austen’s 2020 Emma adaptation
Can I visit Wilton House? Yes! Wilton House is open for visitors in the Summer months.
The gardens of Rosings where Mr. Darcy first proposes to Elizabeth Bennet is filmed in Stourhead Garden
The Temple of Apollo is the setting for Mr. Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. This temple is located in Stourhead Garden.
Stourhead is an estate with a Palladian mansion that for 200 years belonged to the Hoare family. Henry Hoare created the world-famous garden.
The garden first opened in 1740 and is described as “a living work of art”. The man-made lake is the centerpiece of the garden. Surrounding the lake are paths offering beautiful views of the hills, plants and classical buildings.
Can I visit Stourhead Garden? Yes! The Stourhead Estate is part of the National Trust and it’s open to visitors on a daily basis
BBC Pride and Prejudice filming locations
For many the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice is the best adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Colin Firth is a perfect Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle plays Elizabeth Bennet.
Lyme Park features as Pemberley in the BBC Pride & Prejudice series
Many will be swooning when they think about that scene of Colin Firth aka Mr. Darcy walking on the grounds of Pemberley after his dive in the lake.
The exterior scenes of Pemberley in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice where filmed at Lyme Park in Cheshire. Lyme Park is a 16th century stately home with modifications made in the 18th century by Giacomo Leoni and lewis Wyatt in the 19th century.
Can I visit Lyme Park? Yes! Lyme Park is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public (the house is losed on Wednesday)
Belton House is the filmng location for Rosings in the BBC series
Dating back to the 17th century, Belton House is a Carolean country house in Lincolnshire. Belton House is sometimes called the most perfect country house in England.
One of the rooms is called The Queen’s Room because Queen Adelaide (widow of William IV) stayed here in 1841. This wasn’t the only Royal visit to the house. In the 1930s King Edward VIII stayed at the house with his (then) mistress Wallis Simpson who later became his wife. Charles, the Prince of Wales, also stayed in the house while he was a cadet at RAF Cranwell.
Can I visit Belton House? Yes! Belton House is now owned by the National Trust and is open for visitors.
The interiors of Pemberley and Cambridge University are filmed at Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey is a stone country house built on the remains of a 13th century abbey.
It later became the home of the Talbot family. In the 19th century Lacock Abbey was the residence of William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the photographic camera negative.
Can I visit Lacock Abbey? Yes! Lacock Abbey is now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.
Some of Pemberley interior scenes are filmed at Sudbury Hall
Sudbury Hall is one of England’s finest Restoration country houses.
In the 1840s the house was leased by Queen Adelaide (the widow of William IV). In the 1870s an extra wing was added to the house.
Can I visit Sudbury Hall? Yes! Sudbury Hall is owned by the National Trust. The service wing is now the Museum of Childhood
The Netherfield Ball Room is filmed at Brocket Hall
Brocket Hall is currently an exclusive wedding & event venue and golf course.
Luckington Court is the film location for Longbourn in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. The house is a private residence and therfor not open to the public.
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