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13 2012

Top TV and Movie Stately Homes on TripAdvisor

The costume drama is one of the most popular TV genres of the moment – the likes of Downton Abbey have made the period drama a firm favourite with the masses. With the last episode of this series of Downton due to air this Sunday, we at TripAdvisor thought we’d satisfy any potential withdrawal symptoms with a list of five of the most famous stately homes in the UK that you can actually visit.*


“British Stately homes all have their own rich history and style, and with more and more period dramas taking advantage of these grand old buildings as the setting for their shows there has never been a better time to go and see one of these stunning locations for yourself,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Emma Shaw


Highclere Castle, Berkshire, England – Downton Abbey

Probably the most famous stately home of the moment, Highclere Castle is the home of the Crawley family in Downton Abbey. In real life, Highclere Castle belongs to the Carnarvon family who has lived at the 17th Century house since 1679. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Great visit – grounds and building amazing!”

TripAdvisor rating: 4/5


Highclere Castle


Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ireland – Northanger Abbey

Built in 1185 by King John, Lismore Castle is designed in gothic style and appeared in the 2007 dramatisation of Jane Austin’s, Northanger Abbey. The castle’s 17th Century outer walls are believed to be the oldest in Ireland. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “This is a must-see in Lismore.”

TripAdvisor rating: 4/5




Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England – Jane Eyre

Haddon Hall is a firm favourite with film makers. This house dates back to the 12th Century and both the house and its grounds have appeared in three versions of Jane Eyre.  As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “It is a truly beautiful house set in gorgeous surroundings.”

TripAdvisor rating: 4/5




Basildon Park, Berkshire, England – Pride and Prejudice

Eighteenth Century Basildon Park appeared as Netherfield House in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice; this Georgian mansion was rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid-1950s. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Excellent example of British National Trust Splendor.”

TripAdvisor rating: 4/5




Knole House, Kent, England – The Other Boleyn Girl

Reported as one of Britain’s largest houses with 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards, 15th Century Knole House appeared in the film The Other Boleyn Girl as home to the Boleyn family. As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “ Beautiful house, perfect parkland and a great place to picnic on a fine summer’s day.”

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5




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*The stately homes list has been put together by TripAdvisor editors.



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