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22 Places In The UK That Are A Must-See For Jane Austen Fans

Prepare to get lost in Austen.

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1. Jane Austen's House Museum, Hampshire

Jane Austen's House Museum is unmissable for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Austen. Located in the small cottage in Hampshire where the author spent (most of) the last eight years of her life, the museum houses a collection of artefacts like Jane's writing table and her personal library. You can take yourself on a quick tour or stay as long as you want – the museum even invites you to stay all day and bring a picnic to enjoy in Jane Austen's garden!

2. Chawton House, Hampshire

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Located less than half a mile away from the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton House was the home of Jane's brother Edward from 1797 to 1826. As of today, the house's library is a registered charity that is open to visitors, along with the surrounding gardens.

3. Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire

On a slightly more morbid note, Winchester Cathedral is where you can find Jane Austen's grave, alongside a brass plaque and a memorial window. There's also a crypt that you can tour, if you're into that kind of thing.

4. The Jane Austen Centre, Somerset

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Located in Bath, where Austen lived for a significant portion of her life, the Jane Austen Centre is a small museum dedicated entirely to the author. Including exhibitions, costumes, and a walking tour of the city, the Jane Austen Centre is a must-visit for any die-hard fan.

5. Basildon Park, Berkshire

National Trust property Basildon Park appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as Mr Bingley's house, Netherfield, but it's also appeared in Downton Abbey as Grantham House and as a location in the 2006 film Marie Antoinette. The house and 400-acre grounds are open all year round for tours.

6. Belton House, Lincolnshire

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This 17th century house appeared in the 1995 TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as the house of Lady Catherine de Bourgh (which means that Colin Firth has definitely been there). As well as the house and 36 acres of gardens, tickets include access to 1300 acres of surrounding parkland, so you're guaranteed to be entertained all day long.

7. Lacock Village, Wiltshire

This 13th century village appeared in the BBC adaptation of the novel as the village of Meryton, where a significant chunk of the filming took place. There's a bunch of things you can do there, including visiting the village's abbey and looking around the Fox Talbot photography museum. It hasn't just appeared in Pride and Prejudice, though – it was also used for several scenes in the Harry Potter films.

8. Lyme Park, Cheshire

The house at Lyme Park can appears as Pemberley in the BBC's TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Remember the ~iconic~ scene where Colin Firth stripped off and got all wet? Yup, that was here.

9. Stourhead Landscape Gardens, Wiltshire

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So the house at Stourhead is completely stunning, but that's not the interesting part for Austen fans – the house's Landscape Gardens featured prominently in 2005's Pride and Prejudice. One of the garden's temples was used as the location for Mr Darcy's first proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. You know, when she says no.

10. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

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Not only does Chatsworth House appear as Pemberley in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, but it's also named in the novel itself as one of the estates that Elizabeth visits. It's open all year round for tours of the house as well as the gardens, but the best part is that they sometimes host Pride and Prejudice-themed events.

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11. Montacute House, Somerset

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The gardens at Montacute Hall were featured in the 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, and has most recently appeared in the BBC miniseries Wolf Hall. The house and gardens are open to visitors for the majority of the year.

12. Saltram House, Devon

Saltram House can also be seen in 1995's Sense and Sensibility, but more importantly, it is home to a collection of letters written by Jane Austen to Frances, one of the house's residents at the time of Austen's writing. Plus, if you're into the ~spooky~ stuff, it's rumoured to be haunted by the ghosts of a child and a maid who was murdered at the house. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

13. Berry Pomeroy, Devon

The village of Berry Pomeroy (as well as having an excellent name) appeared in the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. While it was the church that was featured most prominently, in the film's final wedding scene, the village also houses a 15th century castle which is reportedly haunted by A LOT of ghosts. So many ghosts that it was featured on Most Haunted and is considered the most haunted castle in Britain.

14. Compton Castle, Devon

Also featured in the 1995 film as Mr Willoughby's estate, the National Trust describes Compton Castle as a "medieval fortress" thanks to its high walls and portcullis. So even if you're not a fan of Sense and Sensibility, you can still run around pretending you're a knight for a day.

15. Mompesson House, Wiltshire

Mompesson House served as the filming location for Mrs Jennings' townhouse in the 1995 film, and it is STRAIGHT UP BEAUTIFUL. Plus, new for 2015, the National Trust has opened a Sense and Sensibility exhibition inside the house, featuring costumes and photographs from the film.

16. Box Hill, Surrey

As well as being mentioned by name in the novel, Box Hill appeared as a backdrop for a picnic scene in the final episode of the BBC's 2009 adaptation of Emma. Less than 20 miles outside of London, the Hill is ~officially~ an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is open for visitors for wandering, eating picnics, and having a great time.

17. Claydon House, Buckinghamshire

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Claydon House was the location used for the ballroom scene in the 1996 film version of Emma, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Not only can you visit the ballroom itself (and probably have a dance around if you're into that kind of thing), but you can also visit the house's museum room, browse its second hand bookshop, or have a look around the Courtyard Gallery.

18. Squerryes Court, Kent

The house at Squerryes Court was appeared as Hartfield in the BBC's TV adaptation of Emma. The house and gardens are open to visitors, and you can get married there if you want, but the best thing about Squerryes is that their gardens include a vineyard from which they make their own sparkling wine.

19. Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire

It's the general consensus among Austen lovers that the chapel at Stoneleigh Abbey was the real-life inspiration for the chapel at Sotherton in Mansfield Park. You can visit the Abbey all year round for four days out of the week, but for the most hardcore fans, there's a "Jane Austen tour" at 1pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

20. Newby Hall, North Yorkshire

The 2007 ITV adaptation of Mansfield Park, starring Billie Piper, prominently featured Newby Hall. The house itself is open for tours during the summer months, but it's the many different themed gardens that are most impressive. Probably don't go if you get really bad hay fever.

21. Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire

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16th century Kirby Hall was used as the main setting for the 1999 film adaptation of Mansfield Park, and although the house is partly roofless, its Great Hall and state rooms are still intact and have been redecorated to restore the house to its 17th and 18th century prime.

22. Bath Assembly Rooms, Somerset

Located a half hour drive from Lacock village, the Bath Assembly Rooms are used as a setting in the novel, when Catherine Morland is escorted by the Allens to a ball where nobody asks her to dance, as well as being used as filming locations for 1986's Northanger Abbey and 1995's Persuasion. The Rooms themselves are open to visitors all year round, including the Fashion Museum and bookshop located in the building's basement.

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