Lovers of the Harry Potter books will know that most of the movies were filmed in various locations around the UK. As the Warner Bros film studio has recently opened up with a complete tour of the studio side movie sets, we started to investigate what other UK locations were used as key parts of the movies and what we discovered is that many of the UK's most popular destinations and attractions provided stunning backdrops for the movie itself. We thought that a 7 day Harry Potter tour of the UK would be an incredible way to see some of the UK's best bits whilst providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for the younger Harry Potter fans of the family. Below is our suggestion for a 7 day Harry Potter themed tour of the UK for all the family.DAY 1
London Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios Tour & walking tour of London
This morning you will be introduced to the Harry Potter theme by visiting the brand new London Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios Tour in Watford which takes you behind-the-scenes and hosts many sets and costumes from the films. Later on in the afternoon, you will meet an expert guide in London city centre who will take you on an inspirational 2-hour walking tour in the centre of London where you will see many of the famous film locations used in the movies.
Oxford & Lacock Village
Leaving London, today you will go on a guided day trip to Oxford and the village of Lacock in the heart of the Cotswolds where many locations were used for the films. In Oxford you will see the famous dining hall in Christ Church, Hogwart's library (the Bodleian library) and the infirmary (Divinity school), where Harry and his friends all had several admissions! You will continue to the beautiful village of Lacock, also known as Godric's Hollow in the films, where Lord Voldemort murdered Harry's parents. Visit Lacock Abbey which was used for various Hogwarts interiors - whip up a potion in Snape's dungeon, search for the Mirror of Erised and take a class in defence against the dark arts.
After catching a train to York in the morning, you will visit the enjoyable National Railway Museum in the afternoon where the original Hogwarts Express locomotive is exhibited. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring this wonderful walled Viking city. The main attractions here include the York Minster - one of the grandest gothic Cathedrals in the world and the Jorvik Viking Centre, taking you on an interesting journey through Viking York.
Durham Cathedral & Alnwick Castle
Today you will pick-up your hire car and drive north to the beautiful old university city of Durham. Here you will visit Durham Cathedral, a spectacular location and one of the UK's finest Norman buildings where Professor McGonagall taught the young wizards to turn animals into water goblets. In the afternoon, you will continue your journey on into the spectacularly beautiful Northumberland national pakr where you will visit Alnwick Castle, a truly amazing piece of history where Harry had his first flying lesson and discovered his love of Quidditch.
Day 5 is a day away from the Harry Potter theme but Edinburgh is simply too good to miss! Spend the day here exploring the Royal Mile and the historic castle...
Today you will drive through the dramatic scenery of the Highlands in Scotland, where many of the landscapes can be seen in the films. Later on you will drive to Fort William and take the Jacobite Train, one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world, the same as the Hogwarts Express. You will have the chance to cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (where Ron's flying Ford Anglia landed in the Chamber of Secrets) and take in some amazing views.
Today you will make your journey back to Glasgow where your tour will come to an end. You may wish to spend some time in the morning travelling further north through the Highlands and take a cruise on the world Famous Loch Ness in search of the fabled monster. Alternatively you could visit the beautiful Loch Lomond on the way to Glasgow where you will drop off your hire car. From here you may take a flight home from the International Airport or a train back to London.
This tour itinerary would cost around GBP2000 for a family of 3 (2 adults, 1 child) for a self-guided independent tour.
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2017-11-28 13:17:37