The British mansion that starred in Pride and Prejudice less than two hours from Liverpool

Lyme Hall and Lyme Park
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Lyme Hall in Cheshire is a must-visit for any Pride and Prejudice fans, as the grand mansion served as the exterior of Pemberley in the 1995 BBC miniseries.

The gardens of Lyme Hall, known as Lyme Park, also featured in the series as Pemberley's gardens.

Less than two hours from Liverpool, Lyme Hall is an ideal spot for a day trip. Visitors can stroll around the grounds and see the lake from the iconic scene featuring Colin Firth as Mr Darcy.

While you can explore inside the mansion, those hoping to see Pemberley's interior will be left wanting, as these scenes were shot at Derbyshire's Sudbury Hall rather than at Lyme.

Lyme Hall and Gardens
Lyme Hall is the perfect place for a day trip away from the city -Credit:Snowshill/Getty Images

However, there's still plenty to discover within Lyme Hall, which was the residence of the Leghs of Lyme from 1388 until 1946, when it was handed over to the National Trust.

Visitors can enjoy the 'Lyme through the Ages' exhibition showcasing a collection of items spanning the last 600 years. There are also collections of toys for children to play with and a Regency dressing room where you can dress up as Elizabeth Bennet or Mr Darcy.

Before or after your tour of the house, you can explore the grounds, including the aforementioned lake.

Upon first arriving at Lyme, you might assume that the large lake in front of the house was the filming location for the series's most famous scene - Mr Darcy going for a swim before returning home to Elizabeth Bennet at Pemberley. However, this assumption would be incorrect.

Colin Firth has Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice
Lyme Hall is the location of the iconic lake scene in the Pride and Prejudice mini-series -Credit:BBC

The lake in question is nestled within the expansive 1,400 acres of Lyme Hall. The grounds also boast a rose garden, ancient woodlands, rugged moors, and a play area for children.

Despite its seemingly straightforward nature, the lake scene in Pride and Prejudice was notoriously challenging to shoot. Colin Firth was prohibited from diving into the lake due to the risk of contracting Weil's disease.

A stuntman was brought in to film this scene, which had to be completed in one take because of insurance costs. The underwater sequences were later shot in a water tank at Ealing Studios.

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