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VisitBritain brings you to 'Pride & Prejudice Country'

New film stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, and Judi Dench.

Travel to destinations featured in Pride & Prejudice

September, 2005 - Movies are often an inspiration for travelers, especially when the location is as beautiful as the English countryside. Focus Features’ upcoming Pride & Prejudice, based on the novel by Jane Austen and starring Keira Knightley, tells the classic tale of love and misunderstanding in class-conscious England near the close of the 18th century. Movie-goers will fall in love with the gorgeous destinations featured in Pride & Prejudice, which was shot entirely on location in the U.K. VisitBritain, the national tourist office for England, Scotland and Wales, invites travelers to explore the breathtaking locations where the film was shot and stay where the stars stayed.

The glorious world of Jane Austen is at last brought back to the big screen in all its romance, wit, and emotional force. Faithful to the setting and period of the beloved novel, this is the first movie version of the story in 65 years. Pride & Prejudice will be released by Focus Features on November 18 (select cities); November 23 (additional cities); December 2, 9 (wider).

Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the stars on a tour of ‘Pride & Prejudice Country’, where they will experience some of England’s most beautiful estates and gardens, as well as the famous Peak District National Park.

The fact that the East Midlands region of England was used extensively for location filming for Pride and Prejudice is especially fitting given that Jane Austen drew on the Derbyshire landscape for some of her most descriptive passages in the novel. Austen's descriptions of the county refer to there being "no finer county in England than Derbyshire", and feature "all the celebrated beauties of Matlock, Chatsworth, Dovedale, and the Peak".

Derbyshire is approximately 150 miles north-east from Bristol International Airport. Continental Airlines offers daily nonstop flights from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to Bristol, England. This service links the U.S. with the largest city in south-west England, and is the first ever scheduled nonstop trans-Atlantic service to this region.

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In Derbyshire, travelers can stay at the small luxury hotel The Peacock at Rowsley, in Rowsley. It was the hotel used by stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen when filming Pride and Prejudice. While in Derbyshire, go to see Chatsworth House. Its stone exterior and sweeping parkland become “Pemberley,” the home of Mr. Darcy, in the new movie. Tour the rooms that were used in the film and take in views from the rooftops.

Haddon Hall is the present-day home of Lord Edward Manners. The Hall transforms into the “Inn at Lambton” in the movie, while its dining hall becomes Elizabeth's bedroom. The magnificent Peak District is featured in the movie, including an evocative shot where Keira Knightley surveys the sweeping vistas before her. Travelers will also find the picturesque village of Hathersage close by.

In Lincolnshire, about 90 miles south-east, is Stamford, one of the finest stone Georgian towns in England and the setting for Pride and Prejudice’s “Meryton Village”. In Stamford is The George Hotel of Stamford, said to be one of England’s greatest coaching inns and where Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland stayed. Visitors can take a walking tour of the Stamford locations used in the movie, as well as dine at the award-winning restaurant at The George, after visiting Burghley House, one of the largest and grandest houses of the Elizabethan age. Burghley House is “Rosings” in the new movie, and features exquisite rooms and décor used in the film.

In addition to the East Midlands region, visitors seeking more Pride & Prejudice sites can travel south to Basildon Park in Lower Basildon, Berkshire. In Basildon Park is a magnificent 18th century Palladian mansion, which is used for the set of “Netherfield Park,” the temporary home of Mr. Bingley. The manor is located in 400 acres of parkland overlooking the River Thames.

In Kent, travelers can go to Groombridge Place Gardens, located near Tunbridge Wells, to see the location for “Longbourn,” the Bennett family home, a tranquil house of mellow brick, set within acres of garden.

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