Muggles and magic of Harry Potter!
Be advised to hold on to your magic wand, gown and get ready for a thrilling time exploring the most enchanting places in the UK!
Harry Potter and his world of Wizardry fascinates the crowds even though the books and films have ended years ago. Whether you are a fan of the first hour and have read the books years ago or just enjoy watching the Hollywood films, the magical story of adventure and friendship created by J.K. Rowling continues to sweep its fans away. If you are one of them, yes shutout to all the Potterheads out there, and you cannot get enough of Harry Potter, we got you covered with our Muggles, magic and magnificent world of Harry Potter Tour in the UK.
This unique experience will have you wander through the corridors of Hogwarts, be awestruck by the beauty of the Scottish Wilderness and London’s narrow alleys as the story of Harry Potter is based in magical Britain. And yes, before you ask, this tour will include the infamous Warner Bros Studios where some of the scenes were filmed.
Let us take you in the world of witches and wizards!
Day 1 So it begins…
Begin your journey in London, the British Metropole which is a must see for any Harry Potter fan. J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros where inspired equally by London’s diversity. Start your experience with a tour around London including Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station where Harry took the Hogwarts Express; Australia House, used for the interior shots of Gringotts the wizard bank run by goblins, were filmed there. The Millennium Bridge and London City Hall as seen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or Leadenhall Market featured as Diagon Alley. Do not miss London Zoo, the Reptile House where a burmese python speaks to Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. End the day with a typical meal in a typical English pub.
This Harry Potter Tour would not be complete without a visit at the Warner Bros Studios, the birthplace of the Harry Potter films. Wander around the fabulous sets, look behind-the-scenes and discover costumes and props and learn about special effects and animatronics. This tour will allow you to explore the amazing set that created the hugely successful films. Continue your day with a Wizard themes afternoon tea; whisk up edible potions, cast spells and indulge in a magical selection of sweet and savoury even Harry would be jealous of. Make the best of your day with a Wizard Escape Room where you can test your magical abilities, learn new skills, pass the test and eventually graduate from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Let this day begin with a day trip outside of London to Oxford, Gloucester and Chippenham and surroundings to see more real-life film locations. Your personal tour guide will make sure you will visit places such as the Bodleian Library, the gothic vaulted ceiling of the Divinity School was used as Hogwarts Infirmary in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. The New College Cloisters shown in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where Harry comes face to face with Malfoy who is sitting on a gigantic oak tree. Continue with the visit to Lacock Abbey, popular scenes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were filmed at this magical place. Afterwards return to London for dinner and free evening.
Today we are leaving London behind and prepare ourselves to arrive at the birthplace of Harry Potter, Scotland. J.K. Rowling was greatly inspired by the pure Wilderness of Scotland and some of the most famous scenes were brought to life here. The journey starts in Inverness at the local falconry which makes your dream of having your own Hedwig come true. The birds will come up close to you and don’t miss out on the unique chance to fly your own owl. We are sure you can then solve the mystery why owls are every wizard’s best friend. Continue with a visit to one of the local Whisky Distilleries for a tour and tasting; we know not Butterbeer but we believe equally tasty, to wrap up the first day.
This could be your personal highlight of the Harry Potter tour. You will finally make your way to Hogwarts, yes you will take the infamous Hogwarts Express (also known as Glenfinnan Viaduct). We cannot guarantee that you will arrive there but isn’t the journey sometimes better than the destination? Today’s tour also includes Glen Coe, Rannoch Moor and the Steal Falls, the place where Harry takes on the Hungarian Horntail dragon in Goblet of Fire. Take a cruise on Loch Shiel used as a stand-in for the Hogwarts Lake in the Harry Potter films. Continue to visit Stirling Castle, not exactly Hogwarts but the largest and most important castle in Scotland and allow yourself to be blown away by the enchanting atmosphere by which the castle is surrounded. Return to Inverness and enjoy dinner in one of the traditional pubs where magic could be just around the corner.
Today you will finally make your way to Edinburgh where Harry Potter was born, not literally but you get the point. 😊 On your way visit The Red Deer Centre, stroke, feed and photograph these magnificent and iconic animals in the company of the knowledgeable Safari Rangers. The surrounding nature is best explored in 4 x 4 cars for a mountain safari for you to see the Majestic Red Deer, the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare or the soaring Golden Eagle as you travel through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks. Local specialities are served during an exclusive and private lunch at the Hilltop Bothy. We couldn’t think of a better place to take in the stunning scenery around you. Arrive in Edinburgh for dinner, we suggest one of the authentic pubs nestled around Edinburgh Castle.
Start your day with a Sightseeing tour in Edinburgh with local guide, follow the Harry Potter trail and experience Edinburgh with Harry’s eyes, discover places such as Tom Riddle’s grave. Enjoy lunch at “The Elephant House” where J. K. Rowling started writing the first Harry Potter book. If you are lucky you can even sit on the exact same table, on the exact same chair and enjoy the view outside the window that J.K. Rowling must have had when she wrote the first book. You can’t leave Edinburgh without visiting Edinburgh Castle, world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. In the afternoon explore Edinburgh at your own pace and enjoy the free time.
“He must have known I’d want to leave you.” – “No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”
― Ron Weasley & Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Let us end this tour with a few wise words from Ron and Harry. Leaving a magical place behind is sad sometimes but you can always come back as we are sure this tour only deepens your spark of passion for the World of Wizardry. Have a safe flight home and take memories with you, you’ll never forget.
Author: Frederike Jung
Projects Team @ C-WISE