Accio Passport! The 5 Best Harry Potter Experiences in the UK
Are you still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter to arrive? Wait no longer, as you can now feel like a real wizard at these awesome Harry Potter experiences around the United Kingdom! Many of these magical spots are close to London and are sure to please muggles of all ages.
1. Tour Warner Bros Studio
This tour is a must do for any Harry Potter fan! Situated just outside of London, the Warner Bros Studio allows visitors to step into the set of many important filming sites, including the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley, and Gringotts Bank. Explore the props used to become a potions master and the clever joke shop of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. See special costumes worn for quidditch and the Yule Ball, and learn all about some of the special effects that were used in filming. This magical tour is one of the best ways to begin your adventure.
2. Take a Harry Potter sightseeing tour through London
There are lots of great family-friendly tours available in London by bus or walking, usually spanning for a half day. The itinerary typically covers such important spots as the Leaky Cauldron and Number 12, Grimmauld Place, home of Sirius Black’s family. You’ll also stop at Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station for a great photo opp. Going with a guide means that you’ll cover more ground and get the insider scoop of how the films were made and where J.K. Rowling drew her inspiration from.
3. Spend the night in a Harry Potter themed hotel room
The beautiful Georgian House Hotel in London boasts rooms that they fondly refer to as ‘The Wizard Chambers’ and ‘The Enchanted Chambers.’ You’ll feel like you’re getting cozy right inside the Gryffindor common room with the rooms’ romantic, gothic design, complete with four poster bed, cauldrons, trunks, and much more. Other awesome spots are also popping up elsewhere in the UK.
4. Visit Alnwick Castle
Situated in Northumberland and holding a long, rich history, this castle served as the official Hogwarts in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.’ You’ll be able to see where the students practiced Quidditch, the courtyards where they strolled to class, and the spot that the Weasleys’ flying car was crashed. On top of all that, visitors can learn to fly their own broomstick and enter the Dragon’s Lair to battle these mystical beasts.
5. See a play at the Palace Theatre
Head on over to the Palace Theatre in London for a showing of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’ Based on the novel, the play is the eighth story in the series and tells the tale of Harry Potter’s adult life as a father and ministry employee. The performance is offered in two parts, so you can truly get your magical fill during your stay in the city.
What other awesome Harry Potter experiences have you had? Comment below. And contact me today to start planning your trip to the United Kingdom.
P.S. If you are looking for something a little closer to home, ask me about Harry Potter World at Universal Studios Orlando.