Harry Potter, the boy from the wizardry world is a global success but the story of Harry Potter started with humble beginning’s in Edinburgh. The first two books were said to have been written in the cosy café known as The Elephant House café, located on George IV Bridge. The first book published in 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone then in quick succession in 1998 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Being a huge HP fan myself I’m very excited to be re-visiting the magical sights with you!
Must-See Harry Potter Attractions in the UK
The Jacobite Steam Train also know as “Hogwarts Express” runs from Fort William to Mallaig on the West Highland Railway Step on-board between May through till October to experience an era gone by on what is said to be one of the great railway journeys in the world. The best views are on the left of the train with large windows to capture the scenic vistas and some of the 21 arches as you go over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Some say that it is worth while to upgrade to first class as there is more leg room and the carriage is more lavishly decorated with the coffee and tea free flowing. Either way reservations are highly recommended!
From Edinburgh you can take a day trip to visit Alnwick Castle HP’s school “Hogwarts”. There has been a castle on the same site for over 1000 years and home to the Percy family for 700 years with the current 12th Duke and Duchess of Northumberland still living on site this present day! The castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK. The 42 acre gardens have something for everyone with water fountains, manicured lawns and one of the largest tree houses in the world with its very own restaurant. It is a great place to visit all year round! One of my favourite’s is around Halloween with the fall colours in the garden and delicious seasonal delights available in the restaurant. The real fire ablaze and the aromas to die for, fleeting through the tree house and beyond. Reservations are a must for the restaurant!
Traveling by train to London? Don’t miss Platform 9 3/4 at London’s Kings Cross. It’s your turn to put on Hogwarts apparel and run through the wall onto platform 9 3/4.
Now in London a must see is the Warner Bros studios! Whether your into the dark arts or fancy seeing Hedwig, jump on the train from London Euston to Watford Junction, there will be a bus waiting outside the station to take you onwards to the studio. Experience the great hall, see the floating candlesticks, walk up Dragon Ally and much much more! Not forgetting the butter beer. Delicious!! The gift shop has lots of magical delights too, such as chocolate frogs, exploding bon bons and peppermint toads just to name but a few. Tickets need to be pre-purchased online in advance.
A great way to experience the highlands of Scotland before joining “Hogwarts Express” and to have more time exploring “Hogwarts” is by car rental. The drive both north and south offer lovely scenery and there are lots of other great places to stop and enjoy!
Have you visited these Harry Potter attractions in the UK? What was your highlight? Or maybe you have visited another HP must see? We would love to hear from you. Please comment below. Don’t forget to share with other HP fans! Happy Travels x