The film locations of the 2005 movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will transport you to the times of Jane Austen. The English stately homes and countryside used as a film location in this adaptation of Jane Austen’s great novel are amongst the finest sights in England.
The film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. From the first scene, you’ll be entranced by the beautiful landscapes and houses used to help Jane Austen’s novel come to life.
Many of these film locations can be visited by you. Wander through the sculpture gallery in Chatsworth House, which is used as Pemberley, like Elizabeth Bennet, or visit the Temple of Apollo in Stourhead Gardens, where Mr. Darcy first proposed to Elizbeth Bennett.
In this article, you will read more about the stately homes and landscapes that are used as film locations for Pride and Prejudice.
Where is Pride and Prejudice Filmed?
The entire movie was filmed in England. From the Peak District in the North to Wilton House in the country’s south.
Groombridge Place as Longbourn
Pride and Prejudice is the story of the Bennet family, so it’s right to start at the family house of the five Bennet sisters: Longbourn. Groombridge Place, on the border of Kent and East Sussex, is used as the slightly disorganized and cluttered family home.
Groombridge Place is a moated country house that was built in the 17th century. Famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, who also designed St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, designed the house, bridges, and moat gates. Horticulturist John Evelyn designed the first formal gardens.
In the early 2000s, the house changed hands for only the second time in its 400-year history. This allowed the Pride and Prejudice production to use the house, usually a private home, as the Bennet family house.
Production designer Sarah Greenwood (Atonement, Darkest Hour, Anna Karenina) transformed the house into a late 18th-century style.
Visit Groombridge Place: The estate is currently (2023) closed for renovations.
Chatsworth House as Pemberley
The exteriors, the Sculpture Gallery, and the Great Hall of Chatsworth House are used for Mr Darcy’s Pemberley. When Lizzie Bennet goes on a tour of Pemberley with the Gardiners (played by Penelope Wilton and Peter Wight), she is enchanted by the painted ceiling of the Great Hall, and in the Sculpture Gallery, she sees the bust of Mr. Darcy.
Chatsworth House is a 17th-century stately home and the largest country house in England. It has been the home of the Cavendish family for almost 500 years, and it’s currently the home of Peregrine Cavendish, the 12th Duke of Devonshire (the son of Deborah Mitford), and his wife, Amanda. Chatsworth is also mentioned in the Pride and Prejudice novel as one of the stately homes that Lizzy Bennet visits before going to Pemberley. It is speculated that Jane Austen used Chatsworth House as inspiration for Pemberley.
The house holds a large art collection, furniture, and neoclassical sculptures. The art collection spans 4000 years and includes work from ancient Rome and Egypt, Old Masters like Rembrandt and Veronese, and modern artists.
Chatsworth House also features in: The Duchess, Barry Lyndon, Death Comes to Pemberley, The Crown, and Peaky Blinders.
Visit Chatsworth House: Chatsworth House, the gardens, the farmyard, and the adventure playground are open to visitors.
Wilton House as Pemberley
The Double Cube Room at Wilton House in Salisbury is used as the drawing room in Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley. In this room, Elizabeth Bennet is introduced to Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, who plays the pianoforte so beautifully.
The land on which Wilton House stands was gifted to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, by King Henry VIII. Ever since that moment in 1544, the estate has been owned by the Herbert family, and it is now the home of the 18th Earl.
The Double Cube Room is among the finest surviving examples of 17th-century Palladianism. The famous architect Inigo Jones also designed the south front in the Palladian style. The seven State Rooms are restored by the current Earl.
Visit Wilton House: Wilton House is open to visitors in the Summer months.
Basildon Park as Netherfield Park
“Oh my dear Mr. Bennet, have you heard? Netherfield Park is let at last”. The famous first words of Mrs. Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) in the Pride and Prejudice movie. Netherfield Park, the country house near Longbourn that Mr. Bingley rents, is filmed at Basildon Park in Berkshire.
The dining room, the Octagon Drawing Room, and the west front and loggia of the 18th-century Palladian stately home are used in Pride and Prejudice. The house was originally built by Sir. Francis Sykes. It was badly damaged during the Second World War when the American Army used it for D-Day training and later as a prisoner-of-war camp for Germans and Italians.
Lord and Lady Iliffe restored the house to its former glory in the 1950s. The house was filled with paintings, textiles, and furniture, which, together with the house, are now owned by the National Trust.
Visit Basildon Park: the estate and mansion are open to visitors.
Burghley House as Rosings
Burghley House is perhaps the most imposing film location from the movie Pride and Prejudice. And it is very fitting that this impressive Elizabethan prodigy house is used as the location for Lady Catherine’s (Judi Dench) Rosings.
William Cecil Lord Burghley, Lord High Treasurer of Queen Elizabeth I, built the oldest and grandest surviving Elizabethan house in England. Not much has been altered at Burghley House. The interiors are mainly in Baroque style. The Heaven Room, which is used as Lady Catherine’s drawing room, was painted by Italian artist Verrio.
The house showcases a large art collection that the 5th and 9th Earl mainly collected in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Burghley House also features in: Elizabeth I: The Golden Age, The Da Vinci Code, Bleak House, and Middlemarch.
Visit Burghley House: The house is open every Wednesday to Sunday. The gardens are open daily.
Haddon Hall as The Inn at Lambton
The dreadful letter from Jane (Rosamund Pike), filled with bad news, is given to Elizabeth in the dining room at the Lambton Inn. Haddon Hall is used as the location for The Inn at Lambton. The hall is one of the most important historic houses in England.
The 900-year-old house has been the property of the same family since its construction. The former seat of the Dukes of Rutland is now open to the public.
The interiors at Haddon Hall have largely been untouched. For over 200 years, the owners left the hall under lock and key, meaning you can now see largely untouched interiors from the 14th century to the Early Elizabethan period.
Haddon Hall also features in: Elizabeth and Jane Eyre.
Visit Haddon Hall: the hall is open to visitors and includes a recently renovated restaurant.
Stourhead Garden as The Gardens of Rosings
Rain is pouring down, and the music gets louder. Elizabeth Bennet is taking refuge from the dreadful weather in the gardens of Rosings when Mr. Darcy walks up and declares his love for her. Mr. Darcy’s first proposal is filmed at The Temple of Apollo in the Stourhead Garden.
Stourhead is an estate with a Palladian mansion that belonged to the Hoare family. Henry Hoare creates the world-famous garden. First opened in 1740, the garden is described as “a living work of art” with a man-made lake at its center surrounded by paths that offer beautiful views of the classical buildings, the hills, and the plants.
Visit Stourhead Garden: the garden is owned by the National Trust and can be visited on a daily basis.
St. George’s Square in Stamford as Meryton Village
The Bennet sisters often walk to Meryton as it is “a great opportunity to meet new people.” The Meryton Village scenes were shot at St. George’s Square in Stamford.
The village of Stamford is located close to Burghley House, so combining these Pride and Prejudice locations on one visit is easy.
Stamford also features in: Middlemarch, Bleak House, and The Buccaneers.
The Alms House at Boughton House as Mr. Collins’ Hunsford parsonage
In the movie, Mr. Collins’ parsonage is located on the estate of Rosings Park. In reality, the small house was filmed at another stately home. The Alms House at Boughton House in Northamptonshire acts as the fictional Hunsford parsonage.
St. Peter’s in Brooke as Hunsford Chuch
The St. Peter’s church in Brooke was used as the Hunsford church in Pride and Prejudice. The church dates back to the Norman times, which can be seen in the Norman carving on the molding.
You can see a combination of Elizabethan and Norman elements inside the church.
When Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle visit the Peak District, she is seen standing atop a rock admiring the landscape. This scene was filmed at Stanage Edge, a gritstone escarpment in the Peak District.
The site is a popular destination for climbers, walkers, and runners. You can walk the “Hathersage to Stanage Edge” walk route. It’s a 9-mile walk that starts in the village of Hathersage and takes you up to Stanage Edge and back. You have an amazing view of the Derwent and Hope Valleys, Mam Tor, and Kinder Scout from Stanage Edge.
About Pride and Prejudice
The 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina), and it was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress.
The cast includes Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy, Brenda Blethyn as Mrs. Bennet, Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet, Rosamund Pike as Jane Bennet, Talulah Riley as Mary Bennet, Jena Melone as Lydia Bennet, Carey Mulligan as Kitty Bennet, Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Tom Hollander as Mr. Collins and Rupert Friend as Mr. Wickham.
The movie was released ten years after the famous BBC mini-series featuring Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. The film locations for the 1995 series featuring Lyme Park and Belton Park can be found in this article.