The burgeoning popularity of dramatisations on film and TV of famous literary works has provided the catalyst for tours based around the filming locations. Here are just a few.
Chatsworth is the location for the recent film production of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, released in September 2005, starring Keira Knightley and Donald Sutherland.. Many critics have often speculated that Chatsworth was the true inspiration for "Pemberley", Mr Darcy's family home.
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Family seat of the Dukes of Northumberland. Used for the exterior scenes in the Harry Potter movies such as the Quidditch match and the broomstick flying lessons
Highclere Castle, Hampshire
Highclere Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and also features as Downton Abbey, the hugely successful drama series with over 11 million viewers in the UK and now shown in over 100 countries around the world. From the pen of Oscar-winning ('Gosford Park') screenwriter, Julian Fellowes, now Lord Fellowes, it has an all star cast led by Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens, Jim Carter, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton and many other leading actors and actresses.
Lyme Regis, Dorset
This unpsoilt and historic fishing port featured in the 1981 production of "The French Lieutenants Women", based on the novel of the same name by John Fowles, a resident of the town himself.
Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest historic houses and is still home to the Howard family whose forebears conceived, designed, and built it over three centuries ago. Castle Howard famously featured in the 1981 TV adaption of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Brideshead Revisited".
This former cloistered medieval Abbey was converted into a family home by the pioneer of modern photograpy, William Fox Talbot. The Abbey has been used in a number of film productions including "Pride & Prejudice", "Harry Potter", "Emma" and "Moll Flanders"
Mapperton, West Dorset
The house, Elizabethan in origin, enlarged in the late 1670s, is a marvellous example of a West Country manor that fits in with its surroundings and almost grows with them. The house has been used for a number of period dramas including the 1996 production of "Emma" starring Gwyneth Paltrow.