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In honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we thought we’d highlight some recommend spots to take in life in the United Kingdom, Jane Austen style (with some Downton Abbey thrown in). While the two take place in very different time periods, they’ve captured and imbued our American fascination with Britain in similar ways.

Here’s our wishlist of architectural destinations to check out in England:

1. Visit Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed 

Highclere Castle. Image via Flickr by Gill Griffin.

Actually located in Newbury (west of London), the home is still occupied by the Carnavaron family but open for tours and events. If the architectural style rings a bell, it’s because it’s designed by the same architect as the British Houses of Parliament.

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