From stately British homes to small flats in London, we’ve seen plenty of heroines bringing #BritishFamous locations to life. Their stories turn places into icons and destinations; who doesn’t want to walk the halls of Pemberley or hope to find love in a bookstore? Here are five heroines whose footsteps you can trace across Great Britain:
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice
Follow Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Bennet to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, which was used as Pemberley, the home of Mr. Darcy (played by Matthew Macfadyen). Chatsworth House is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire (since 1549) and is open to visitors who can explore the house, gardens, and enjoy afternoon tea. Journey on to visit Stamford, the Georgian town in Lincolnshire, that became Meryton Village.
Notable mention: Chatsworth House was also used during the filming of The Duchess, in which Keira Knightley starred as Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire.
Bridget Jones in the Bridget Jones’ films
Stand outside Bridget Jones’ beautiful London apartment above the Globe Tavern pub in Borough Market. Take a walk around the bustling market, which is featured in scenes such as when Bridget shops for her “blue string” dinner party ingredients, and when she comes home from the Tarts and Vicars party. The first famous Mark Darcy vs. Daniel Cleaver fight scene was filmed on Bedale Street at Borough Market, and in the second film, it was filmed in Kensington Gardens. If you’re a Bridget Jones’ Baby fan, visit the London Aquatics Center, where Bridget takes pre-natal classes.
Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World
Relive Jane’s awkward date with a meal at the iconic OXO Tower Restaurant, then take a boat out to the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich to relive the action-packed final scenes of the film. Take a day trip out to Stonehenge (or head out for the Winter Solstice (link to Winter Events article)) to see where Erik Selvig was running around naked before being arrested.
Anna Scott in Notting Hill
Imagine your own British love story as you retrace Julia Roberts’ steps as Anna Scott through the picturesque Notting Hill neighborhood. Wander down Portobello Road on a Saturday to see the Main Market. The location for William Thacker’s (Hugh Grant) The Travel Book Co. was filmed at 142 Portobello Road, but the inspiration for the movie bookstore was a real store around the corner called The Travel Bookshop (now closed) at 13-15 Blenheim Crescent. Head to the famous Ritz to see where Anna stayed, to the Savoy Hotel for the location of her press conference, and to Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath where she was filming her Henry James film.
The Crawley Women in Downton Abbey
The beautiful Highclere Castle is now famously known for its role as Downton Abbey, the home of the Crawley family. If you want to imagine yourself as Mary or Lady Grantham, be sure to book tickets to visit the house and grounds. If you want to see Downton village, you’ll have to head to Bampton in Oxfordshire.
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Cover Photo: Portobello Road in Notting Hill