Welcome to the first post in my Harry Potter Travel series, where we explore exciting places in England where Harry Potter movies were filmed. Join me in this magical journey to find the best of the British Isle, whether or not you are a Harry Potter fan.
I bet you’ve heard of Harry Potter. And perhaps you’ve also thought about taking a trip to England. But have you thought of traveling to Harry Potter’s England?
And you don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to love this trip!
Harry Potter’s England is a wonderful family vacation, regardless of your Harry Potter Fan status. One of us hadn’t even – gasp – read the books nor seen the movies! And he was equally enchanted and entertained as the rest of us muggles.
So pack your bags, pack your Harry Potter fan’s bags, and come along with me on one family’s journey across England. Our mission? To explore destinations where several Harry Potter movies were filmed. It’ll be fun, even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan.
Exploring Harry Potter’s England
Harry Potter fans and muggles alike are going to love these destinations. Each one is sure to engage and entertain the whole family. Ready to explore Harry Potter’s England? Here’s where the journey will take you.
Our journey begins at Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland. And what a place to start! So much to see, so much to do, so much more than “just” Harry Potter. This is a full-fledged castle with lots going on. Plan a full day to thoroughly explore Alnwick Castle.
Explore the Castle with us at Alnwick Castle – Quidditch Anyone?
In and Around London
Next up – the streets of London. Experience the grandeur of London, with it’s plethora of museums, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London. Take a ride on the London Eye. Let your imagination soar as you wander through train stations, alley ways, and markets just as Harry, Hermoine, Ron, Hagrid, and other Harry Potter characters did. Plan two to three days in London, more if you can spare it. There’s so much to do here! Oh, and a village too. You’ll want to find the Dursley’s house!
Travel around London with us at A Muggle’s View of Harry Potter’s London.
Lacock Village and Lacock Abbey
Lacock Village is the quintessential English village, straight out of medieval times. Wander around ancient village streets, step into 15th century inns, explore the village shops, enjoy a snack from a local eatery in the village square. Imagine Professor Dumbledore walking by as you munch on your snacks. Up next, Lacock Abbey, and the halls of Hogwarts. Don’t miss potions class or Professor Snape will have your head! Plan a full day to explore the Lacock area.
Wander a medieval village with us at Lacock Abbey: Inside A Hogwarts Classroom.
Gloucester is the home of Gloucester Cathedral, a most marvelous, ancient cathedral whose origin dates as far back as the 11th century. Most definitely a site to behold. Harry Potter fans will be especially excited as they explore this majestic cathedral, taking in what Harry saw, witnessing where the Fat Lady sang and the Troll roared down the hall. Plan a half day for Gloucester Cathedral explorations, a full day for further explorations beyond the Cathedral.
Witness a medieval church at Gloucester Cathedral: In The Halls of Hogwarts.
Wow. Oxford, the esteemed university town. Home to so much brain power, so much history, so much to do. It’s also the site of that famed Hogwarts dining hall, also known as the Great Hall in Christ Church College, and several other notable scenes. Bet you’ll feel a tad bit smarter after this tour, huh! The Oxford area Harry Potter film sites can be completed in less than a half day, but if you can spare the time, plan a full day here. Soak in all the other sites and sounds of the town. You’ll be glad you did.
Get schooled with us at Oxford: It’s More Than Hogwarts Dining Hall.
The Journey Begins – On To Alnwick Castle!
Is this a fabulous trip or what?! You be the judge. Stick around for the next several weeks as I explore each destination in greater detail in my Harry Potter Travel series. First up, Alnwick Castle. Bet you can’t wait to start the Harry Potter tours!
Wondering what’s a Muggle?
In the Harry Potter world, a muggle is a non-magical person. Most muggles do not know about the magical world that Harry and his friends live in. I guess you could say that most of us are muggles! But whether you are a muggle or magical, exploring Harry Potter’s England will be an adventure you are sure to enjoy.
Learn more about planning your own Muggle adventures at Plan Your Own Trip To Harry Potter’s England.
Have you visited England? Explored Harry Potter film sites? Taken a Harry Potter tour? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Hope you enjoy. Happy travels!
Images from Warner Brothers Studio, Warner Brothers Studio Tours, and Notis Toufexis via Flickr (Gloucester Cathedral).