For Harry Potter fans, riding the Hogwarts Express truly represents a once in a lifetime experience. Even if the owl carrying your acceptance letter got lost, you can still take the Harry Potter train in Scotland. Known to muggles as the Jacobite Steam Train, this historic train covers the same route that filmmakers often used to film the Hogwarts Express journey in the Harry Potter films.
For lovers of the Harry Potter books, Edinburgh holds a very special place in our hearts. Home to J.K. Rowling while she was writing the novels, the city is full of opportunities to explore behind-the-scenes elements that helped to shape the magical series that captivated the world and touched us all on an individual level.
Avengers fans can actually visit the seaside village of New Asgard. Established some time after the infamous snap, Thor and the remaining Asgardians establish a new homeland in “Norway” (home to the legend of the God of Thunder). While you can explore this village, you won’t find it in Norway, but in the coastal Scottish village of St Abbs just an hour’s drive from Edinburgh.
Alnwick looks like a town frozen in time. Medieval Alnwick Castle towers over the centuries old town. If you removed the cars, you’d almost certainly feel like you were in the 1800s and not the 2000s. Many travelers flock to Alnwick because of the castle’s connection to Harry Potter, but there’s plenty of other things to do in Alnwick.
A visit to Alnwick Castle transports you not just back to the medieval times, but into the magical world of Harry Potter. This 700-year old castle and fortress provided many of the exterior shots of Hogwarts during the filming of the first two Harry Potter films.
Whether you’re apparating, flaming through the Floo Network or flying muggle-style in an airplane, there’s plenty of ways to showcase your Harry Potter love while traveling. Conjure up some magic on your travels with this Harry Potter travel merchandise.
Housed in an old train station, Barter Books marks itself as one of the most unique bookstores in the world. This independently-owned bookshop is located in the Northern England town of Alnwick and contains thousands of secondhand books within its walls. If that’s not enough to get your bookshop wanderlust going, here are 6 reasons you need to visit Barter Books.