22 Places In The UK That Are A Must-See For Jane Austen Fans
Prepare to get lost in Austen.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.