As the home for Hogwarts in the books and movies, Scotland delivers an extraordinary experience for Harry Potter fans looking to relive the magic of the series. Many areas within the dramatic and mystical landscape of the highlands served as Harry Potter filming locations, including the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct that the Hogwarts Express travels over, the beautiful Hogwarts Black Lake, the location for Hagrid’s Hut, and other stunning highland scenery used for the grounds of Hogwarts.
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.
Walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger at Malham Cove. You may recognize the unique landscape from the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 when Harry and Hermione set up camp while chasing Horcruxes.
Harry Potter fans can live out their wildest dreams and walk the halls of Hogwarts at the historic Durham Cathedral in Northern England. This centuries old sacred space can be caught in many of the scenes from the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chambers of Secrets films.
With its Diagon Alley connection, many Harry Potter shops and perfect location to hop around to other Harry Potter locations in Northern England, Harry Potter fans will find plenty to relive the magic of the films and books in York, England.
York’s medieval winding, cobble-stoned streets have a magical quality that takes you back in history to another time and place just like a good book. Its commitment to history also makes it the perfect place to find historic bookshops full of rare, antiquarian and secondhand books.
You may have never heard of the village of Lacock, but this historic little hamlet has provided the backdrop for Hogwarts and other filming locations from the Harry Potter movies. The most famous of these filming locations is the 13th Century Lacock Abbey.
Whether you’re looking to take in the unspoilt natural beauty of Pembrokeshire, explore medieval history or just relax on the beach, there’s plenty of things to do in Tenby, Wales. This coastal town in southwestern Wales dates back to the 9th Century and served as an important trading port during the middle ages.
Potterheads can visit the filming locations of Dobby’s Grave and Shell Cottage at the Harry Potter Wales location of Freshwater West. Though the exact sets may not still be in place on this beautiful remote beach, you can visit a tribute to one of the most beloved characters of the Harry Potter franchise and imagine the home of Bill and Fleur at this Harry Potter Pembrokeshire location.
A walk along the South Bank offers something for everyone, whether it’s your first time in London, your 100th or you’re a native Londoner. This leisurely stroll along the southern bank of the Thames River allows you to see many of the major London attractions, as well as enjoy peaceful havens for people watching and reading along the river.