Information on visiting the stunning house used as the filming location for Pemberly in “Pride & Prejudice,” and other P&P filming locations
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Year Visited: 2022
Time of Year: May
Pride & Prejudice’s Chatsworth House
If you’ve seen Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version), then you’ll recognize this house. It’s the filming location of Pemberly (AKA: Mr. Darcy’s house, AKA: the house we all wanted to be mistress of!).
If you haven’t seen Pride and Prejudice (any version), you should visit anyway. It’s a gorgeous house in a gorgeous part of England. This was one of my favorite parts of our trip England.
What is Chatsworth House?
Chatsworth House is a “large house in the country.” At least, that’s how our friends from England’s friend, whose cousins own the house, described it. Our friends from England called that a bit of an understatement…
It is the family home of the Devonshire family, and has been for 16 generations.
Do people still live in Chatsworth House?
Yes, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire do actually live in this amazing house! When you tour it, different parts of the house will be open for tours at different times, so you can visit the house more than once and see something new every time! The family lives in the other parts of the house that are not open for tours.
The Duke and Duchess are huge supporters of the arts, and you will be able to see their art collections on display in their home. This can range from the classic white sculptures seen in the Pride & Prejudice movie, to new, temporary installations, such as the giant Pegasus sculpture (with moving wings) in the garden.
Where is Chatsworth House?
Chatsworth House is located in the Peak District of England, in the rolling hills of Derbyshire. This was my favorite part of England that we visited.
In the movie, when Elizabeth and her relatives first see the house, their jaws drop. I will be honest, I was never overly impressed by it in the movie. But seeing it slip into view around the rolling hills as you come up the looooong drive, and then realizing how huge it truly is (large house in the country, remember?), I can understand their awe now. I think I literally made the same expression as the characters in the movie when I first saw it.
Other things to see at Chatsworth House:
When you visit Chatsworth, it is not just a large house full of fantastical art collections that you get to see.
There are also over 100 acres of gardens to explore, which in my mind is truly the highlight of the visit. From towering waterfalls, to rippling fountains, rows of flowering trees, to a maze that looks straight out of Alice in Wonderland, the gardens are truly a wonder.
In addition, they also have a farmyard (Chatsworth does have a working farm), restaurants, gift shops, a horse-trials venue (read about their international horse trials) and another 1000 acres just to take a stroll in.
Imagine how many steps you can get in, just walking the property around the outside of the house!
Chatsworth House FAQs
Do you have to book your tickets ahead of time?
You do not have to book tickets ahead of time, but it is always a good idea.
You can book different types of tickets, so if you just want to visit the gardens and not the house, or you want to visit the house but not the farmyard, be sure to book a ticket that grants entry to all of the things you want to do.
Book your tickets for Chatsworth.
Can you visit the gardens if you get there early?
If you have a timed entry into the house, get here early! You can wander around the gardens at any time (if you have paid for entry to the gardens). You can explore them both before and after your tour of the house. You will get a stamp on your hand to allow you reentry into the garden and gift shop area.
Is it a guided tour of the house?
The tour is not a guided tour; you can go at your own pace through each room. However, there are guides in every area of the house to answer your questions and give you lots of fun insider information.
How long do you spend at Chatsworth House?
You can easily spend all day here! We spent 1 hr. in the garden and 1 1/2 hrs. in the house. But we went pretty quickly through the gardens. I would have liked to spend more time exploring them!
Also take into consideration if you want to amble around the grounds at all, or eat at one of the cafes.
Can you bring a picnic to Chatsworth?
You can bring your own food into the grounds, however, there are no picnic tables here. There are several benches around the garden where you can sit.
We brought sandwiches with us, so we just ate them standing up at the car.
Can you take your bags into Chatsworth House?
No, large bags or backpacks are not allowed in Chatsworth House, unless you wear them on your front. This is to keep people from accidentally knocking into any of the artifacts or art work around the house.
You can leave your bags in the car or in a paid locker. Or (if you really want to) you can wear your backpack on your front.
Small purses are ok.
Can you take pictures at Chatsworth House?
Yes! You can take pictures! I had to put my camera bag in the car, but I could bring my camera with me.
There are SO many things to take pictures of, inside and outside of the house!
Is the Mr. Darcy statue still at Chatsworth House??
This is the most important questions for Pride and Prejudice fans!! And YES, the Mr. Darcy statue that Lizzy ogles over in the movie is STILL here (and NO, you cannot kiss it… No, really. There’s a sign).
Where IS the Mr. Darcy statue at Chatsworth House?
Also an important question! The statue is in the gift shop at the end of the tour.
The last room of the house that you see before the gift shop is the room with all of the white sculptures (where his bust was located in the movie). The next room is the gift shop, and the Mr. Darcy bust is right in the middle of the shop (you can even buy a mini one, if you want to take it home…!).
How to Get to Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House is located out in the countryside of England, near the village of Bakewell.
Because it is so far out in the country and not close to any train stations, the best way to get there is to drive.
If you’re visiting England, you’re best bet is really to rent a car for the day (the good news is—then you can visit other beautiful P&P filming locations too!).
Or to have friends in England who will drive you. That will work too.
By Public Transportation:
You can get to Chatsworth House by public transportation, but it will take a long time. You can get a train to Sheffield, the nearest large city.
From Sheffield you can get a bus to Bakewell, and from Bakewell you can get a bus to Chatsworth House.
Where to Stay
As I mentioned above, Sheffield is the closest large city. It is a good base for exploring the beautiful countryside and other Pride & Prejudice filming locations around the area.
There are a lot of options of places to stay in Sheffield. I would suggest the Premier Inn, which is the UK’s largest chain. We stayed at one in Edinburgh, and it was a very nice hotel for a good price.
This is a super cute English town just 10 minutes from Chatsworth. There are quite a few options of where to stay in the village, including The Cavendish Hotel and The Devonshire Arms.
On Chatworth’s Property
This would be super amazing, and also super expensive… But if you want to, Chatsworth has a variety of cottages available for rent around their property.
When to Go
Chatsworth is open all year long, but I think the best time to go is either in the early spring, or for Christmas.
We visited on a weekday in early May, and it was beautiful. The gardens were full of flowers, and it was pleasant to walk around. And there were hardly any crowds, which is always a plus.
Chatsworth hosts special events all year long, so be sure to check out their events page to see if there is something particular you want to see.
Their most popular event is Christmas at Chatsworth, which is on from November through the beginning of January, with a Christmas market taking place in November.
Other Pride and Prejudice Locations to Visit
Belton House is the other Pride and Prejudice filming location that we visited. It is located in Grantham, UK, just over an hour drive from Sheffield.
Belton was used as the filming location for Rosings Park in the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. There are several recognizable rooms inside, such as the dining room (used as Lady Catherine’s sitting room in the movie), the staircase Colin Firth ran up and the desk where he composed his distraught letter to Lizzy.
The outside of the house is seen numerous times throughout the movie, and even, surprisingly (maybe because it’s so pretty), is the house featured on the DVD cover (if anyone still has DVDs anymore…)
There are picnic tables available at Belton House, which is owned by the National Trust.
Be sure to stop by the stable-themed restaurant in the old stables, and the large used bookstore on property.
As much as I love Matthew Macfayden’s Mr. Darcy, you will get no argument from me that Colin Firth is THE Mr. Darcy.
So a visit to Lyme Park, filming location of the 1995’s Pemberly, is a good stop for any Pride and Prejudice fan.
Lyme Park is also owned by the National Trust, and is located in Stockport, also just over an hour’s drive from Sheffield.
Stanage Edge is the dramatic rock formation that Lizzy stands on in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, hair and dress blowing in the wind, contemplating her feelings for Mr. Darcy.
You can stand here too (though there will probably be other people around to break up your contemplation).
You will need a car to visit this site. Stanage Edge is only a 20-minute drive from Sheffield, but you will also have to hike a bit to get to the site. This article has good directions for getting to the “Keira Knightley” spot.
If you have any other questions about visiting the Pride and Prejudice filming locations of Chatsworth House or Belton House, don’t hesitate to email me!
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