Chatsworth House is one of most popular destination with Chinese visitors

Chatsworth house
Image caption Chatsworth House ranked second among dream destinations for Chinese visitors to Britain

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is one of the most popular destinations for record numbers of Chinese visitors to Britain, according to a poll.

Once Mr Darcy's residence in a TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the stately home was second only to Buckingham Palace as the destination of choice, Visit Britain found.

There were 196,000 visits to Britain from China last year, up 9.7% on 2012.

Paul Hayes, from Chatsworth, said audio guides were being recorded in Mandarin.

"We are definitely seeing that increase in the last five years or so," he said.

'Our heritage'

In the survey, 35% of respondents said their dream destination in Britain was Buckingham Palace; 31% said Chatsworth House and gardens; and 23% said they would like to view the capital from the Shard or the London Eye.

Visit Britain said visitors from China spent £491.7m in Britain in 2013 - an increase of 63.8% on the year before.

It also said that Chinese visitors spent on average four times more than tourists from other countries.

Jeanette Sykes, from Visit Peak District, said: "One visitor said she wanted to come and see Chatsworth and have traditional afternoon tea and to see our heritage.

"We talked about what Chinese people are interested in, and we ticked a lot of those boxes. They love historic houses and gardens, and film and TV connections are important as well."

Jennifer Xu, general manager of Sino Euro travel agency in Shanghai, said some students had read the novel Pride and Prejudice and wanted to see where it was filmed.

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