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Pride and Prejudice: A Perfect Jane Austen Road Trip With 18 Great Locations To See
Updated On: September 26, 2022
Jane Austen was a novelist and writer who lived from 1775 to 1817, her works are known for their depiction of everyday life and people. She is one of the best known English writers of all time and her likeness was placed on the £10 note in 2017 along with Winchester Cathedral which is where she was laid to rest.
One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice continues to capture the hearts and minds of readers over 200 years after it was published in 1813. If you love this classic English novel you may want to plan a road trip to where this piece of literature has been brought to life. This article is the perfect guide to a Pride and Prejudice daytrip or road trip around the UK.
Adaptation Filming Locations
With how beloved Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is, it is no wonder that it has been adapted many times over in many formats. As of the writing of this article there are at least 17 film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. The best known being the 1995 BBC Mini-Series featuring Colin Furth as the iconic Mr. Darcy, and the 2005 version starring Kiera Knightly. The iconic book has even garnered some parody adaptations such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the live stage show ‘Pride and Prejudice Sort of’.
1995 BBC Mini-series Locations
This 6 part mini-series from the BBC was directed by Simon Langton and is a huge fan favourite. Here are a few of the locations where fans can see where this iconic adaptation was filmed and walk in the footsteps of Lizzie Bennet.
Belton House (Rosing’s Park, home to Lady Catherine De Bourgh)
This National Trust site is a beautiful place to visit with family offering a range of events, you can book your visit via their website to see this lovely historic house.
Brocket Hall (Ballroom Scenes at Netherfield)
This unique venue is home to corporate events, beautiful grounds, and events such as weddings and parties. It offers luxury accomodation, meeting spaces, and event venues as well as the stunning grounds.
Chicheley Hall (Bingley’s London Home)
A luxury meeting and event space and hotel in a historic setting with beautiful grounds and home to the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, which offer scientific talks.
Edgcote House (Netherfield Exterior)
Built in the 18th century this grade 1 listed property is not open to the public as it is still a private residence but its beautiful frontage is visible from the road and is well worth walking past to have a look.
Luckington Court (Longbourne)
Lyme Park (Pemberley Exterior)
Lyme Park is a national trust site offering group visits to see its beautiful interiors as well as family fun events. You could even recreate some iconic scenes from Pride and Prejudice while there.
Sudbury Hall (Pemberley Interior)
This National Trust site has grounds full of nature to enjoy, tours of the interiors, events, and also The Children’s Country House museum on site.
2005 Film Locations
Groombridge Place (Longbourne)
Home to an Enchanted Forrest, Giant chess, and lovely walled gardens this National Trust house is a great place to get into the Pride and Prejudice spirit.
Burghley House (Rosing’s, home of Lady Catherine De Bourgh)
This 500 year old house has been home to the Cecil family for 16 generations and it has a lot to offer visitors. You can plan a trip to the gardens, the parkland surroundings, the house itself and the houses collections of fine art.
You can even see a bit of Burghley from your home with their 360° degree tour.
St. Georges Square (Meryton)
Just a short 7 minutes’ drive from Burghley House is this street which was transformed into Meryton during the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film.
Haddon Hall (The Inn at Lambton)
Find yourself at the lively inn at Lambton or simply enjoy the beautiful Tudor house and its Elizabethan gardens.
Basildon Park (Netherfield Park)
A beautiful historic house protected by the National Trust with an extensive historic collection for you to learn about as well as enjoying the beautiful gardens. Perfect for someone who enjoys walking as much as Lizzie Bennet.
Temple of Apollo @ Stourhead (Darcy’s Proposal)
One of the most iconic moments from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film adaptation can be yours to recreate at this beautiful monument. Your suitor saying yes to your proposal is not guaranteed but the stunning views are.
Chatsworth House (Pemberley Exterior)
Explore this amazing house, garden, and farmyard while taking in the Austen level grandeur over 25 beautiful rooms.
Wilton House (Pemberley Interior)
Owned by The Earl and Countess of Pembroke, Wilton House offers beautiful grounds and a stunning collection of art inside, it is in the best condition it has been in for years following dedicated restoration work.
Jane Austen Locations
While on a trip with her brother to Goodnestone Park estate she began writing a novel called ‘First Impressions’ which would later become Pride and Prejudice. Looking for some creative inspiration? Why not walk in the footsteps of Austen?
Winchester – House, Garden of remembrance, Cathedral
The historic city of Winchester was home to Jane Austen during the later years of her life. If you visit beautiful Winchester you may find a few key sites that commemorate the life of Jane Austen.
The house where Jane Austen lived shortly before her death and died on 8 College Street.
Across the street from her home in Winchester, is a beautiful memorial garden which was created to mark 200 years since her death in the city.
Within the stunning Winchester Cathedral you can find a memorial plaque for Jane Austen from the people of Winchester. She was given the honor of being buried at the cathedral due to a family connection to the church and due to connection to the community in Winchester.
Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton
Jane Austen Festival, Bath
Jane Austen Heritage Trail, Southampton
Visiting Southampton and want to add some Jane Austen tourism to your day? Check out the Jane Austen trail around the cities Old Town. This trail takes in 8 historical plaques about Austen’s connection with Southampton, you can download a guide to the trail here.
Pride and Prejudice Road Trip Map
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Whether it is a grand hall, a luxurious garden, or a small cottage the spirit of Jane Austen’s words continues to spark imagination around England. Where is your favourite Pride and Prejudice or Jane Austen location? Want more literary inspiration? Check out our article on the best Irish authors or on Maria Edgeworth, an Irish author who lived at the same time as Jane Austen herself.