Visit ‘Hogwarts’ and a real-life ‘Diagon Alley’
About this Experience
Walk in the footsteps of the world’s most famous boy wizard in two
included experiences that form part of our 12 Day and 9 Day Extended
Tours of Britain.
Alnwick Castle – ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’
Alnwick Castle starred as the magical Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 2001 Harry Potter and the
Philosopher’s Stone and the 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone filmed on location at
Alnwick Castle in autumn 2000. The following year, Harry Potter
and the Chamber of Secrets (the second film in the series) used
Alnwick Castle for shooting.
The Outer Bailey is recognisable as the area where Harry and his
fellow students learned to fly broomsticks with Madam Hooch (Zoe
Wanamaker). Harry also learned the rules of wizarding sport
Quidditch in the Outer Bailey.
The courtyards and baileys of Alnwick Castle were used to film
Hogwarts students and staff going about their daily activities.
Harry and Ron crash-landed the Weasley family’s flying car in
the Inner Bailey.
The Lion Arch was a way in and out of Hogwarts, heading towards
Hagrid’s cabin and the Forbidden Forest.
During your visit you will enjoy the beautiful State Rooms and
magnificent gardens before enjoying some free time for lunch.
The Shambles – a real-life ‘Diagon Alley’
The Shambles is one of York's most famous landmarks and one of
the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe.
With its cobbled streets and overhanging buildings, it is
believed to have been the inspiration behind Diagon Alley from
the movie adaptation of the Harry Potter series.
Although none of the original shop-fronts have survived from
medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden
shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the
The street was made narrow by design to keep the meat out of
direct sunlight, but you can readily imagine the Shambles packed
with people and awash with offal and discarded bones.
Today, the beautiful old buildings have been restored and now
house cheerful cafés, quirky boutiques and even a coin & stamp
dealer and the smells are rather more pleasant with aromas from
the chocolate, fudge and sweet shops, clothes and accessories
and gift shops.
The Shambles is home to four Harry Potter themed shops selling
merchandise and butter beer and is a must see for any fan of the
books and films.
Book this experience as part of the following tours