Pride and Prejudice, 2005
- Keira Knightley
- Matthew Macfadyen
- Brenda Blethyn
- Donald Sutherland
- Judi Dench
- Rosamund Pike
- Tom Hollander
- Rupert Friend
- Peter Wight
- Carey Mulligan
visit the film locations
Visit: Groombridge Place, Groombridge, four miles southwest of Tunbridge Wells. The gardens, though not the house itself, are open to the public. (tel: 01892.861444) (rail: London Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells)
Visit: Basildon Park, Lower Basildon (tel: 0118.984.3040) (rail: Pangbourne, from London Paddington)
Visit: Chatsworth House, Bakewell (tel: 01246.565300)
Burghley House, Stamford (rail, from London King’s Cross, via Peterborough)
Visit: Wilton House, Wilton, near Salisbury (rail: Salisbury, from London Waterloo)
Visit: Stourhead, at Stourton near Warminster (tel: 01747.841152)
Pride and Prejudice location: ‘Longbourn’: Groombridge Place, Kent
Photograph: iStockphoto © Torsten Karock
In fact, there’s only one purpose-built set (for the dance at which Mr Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) is first introduced).
‘Longbourn’, the Bennet family home, is moated manor house, Groombridge Place, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. The house, built in 1662, is featured as ‘Birlstone Manor’ in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery The Valley of Fear. Groombridge was also the estate seen in Peter Greenaway’s elegant 1982 mystery The Draughtsman’s Contract.
Pride and Prejudice location: ‘Rosings’: Burghley House, Lincolnshire
Photograph: iStockphoto © Graham Heywood
‘Rosings’, the palatial home of the fearsome Lady Catherine de Bourg (Judi Dench) is Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire. Seen also in The Da Vinci Code and the Merchant-Ivory film of The Golden Bowl (while getting cut from the final version of Elizabeth, The Golden Age).
Pride and Prejudice location: Mr Collins’ vicarage: Weekley, Northamptonshire
About 20 miles southwest of Stamford, you can see ‘Hunsford’, the parsonage of Mr Collins (Tom Hollander), which is Montagu’s Hospital, a former almshouse, in the historic village of Weekley, now a Conservation Area, about three miles north of Kettering in Northamptonshire. Please note that this is a private residence, and do not disturb the occupants. The church is St Mary the Virgin, and the Egyptian-style column (added for the film) disguises a – slightly out-of-period – WWI memorial.
Pride and Prejudice location: the inn at ‘Lampton’: the Dining Room of Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire
The bustling inn at ‘Lambton’ is the wood-panelled Dining Room at Haddon Hall, just south of Bakewell, Derbyshire. Possibly the country’s finest fortified Medieval manor house, Haddon – dating from the 12th to the 17th centuries – has also been featured in Rob Reiner’s Eighties classic The Princess Bride, as well as Shekhar Kapur’s epic Elizabeth, with Cate Blanchett as the Virgin Queen, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1996 version of Jane Eyre, Trevor Nunn’s Lady Jane, with Helena Bonham-Carter.
‘Netherfield Park’, where the Bingleys and Mr Darcy are staying, is Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, near Reading in Berkshire. An 18th century Palladian mansion, it’s now managed by the National Trust, and can also be seen in another Keira Knightley film, 2008’s The Duchess. The elaborate set dressing means you probably won't recognise the house’s Octagon Drawing Room, which actually has rich, red walls.
It’s at the Temple of Apollo, a folly built in the gardens at Stourhead, at Stourton near Warminster in Wiltshire, that Darcy makes his first unsuccessful proposal to Elizabeth in the pouring rain. The gardens have previously been seen on screen in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.
Pride and Prejudice location: Mr Darcy’s ‘Pemberley’: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Photograph: iStockphoto © Alistair Forrester Shankie
‘Pemberley’, the lavish estate of Mr Darcy himself, is largely Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Not only the exterior, here you can see the grand staircase and painted ceiling which so overwhelm Elizabeth, as well as the Sculpture Court, with the intriguing veiled figure – though not, sadly, the bust of Mr Darcy.
Originally set in a painting gallery, the scene was changed to make use of Chatsworth’s collection. The estate has since appeared in The Duchess and The Wolfman, with Benicio Del Toro, and its grounds in the 2011 version of Jane Eyre.
More of ‘Pemberley’s’ interiors were filmed in Wilton House, Wilton, Wiltshire, in the striking Double Cube Room, another location seen in Barry Lyndon (among many other screen appearances) as the interior of the Lyndon estate.
Pride and Prejudice location: ‘Elizabeth stands atop the dramatic rocky outcrop: Stanage Edge, Peak District, Derbyshire
Photograph: iStockphoto © Jonathan Barton
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