How big of a Harry Potter fan are you really? Did you wait in a mile-long line for the books at your nearest Barnes & Noble the second they came out? Have you ever drawn a lightning bolt on your forehead in eyeliner and attended a movie premier? Do you still refer to your ex as “He-(or she)-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you need to check out London and Scotland Escape. This trip gives you a chance to escape your #MuggleLife and dive into a world of witchcraft and wizardry.
Intrigued? Read on for our list of top sights you can see on this 8-day trip:
King’s Cross Station/St. Pancras International:
Test your luck at finding Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station where the Hogwarts Express departs. The movie scene was actually filmed between Platform 4 and 5, but if you head over to Platforms 9 and 10 you can take a photo with a half-disappeared trolley bursting into the wizarding world.
St. Pacras International is right next door to King’s Cross, and its facade is used to represent the train station. You may remember this from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Ron and Harry take to the sky in Ron’s family car and fly to Hogwarts after missing the train.
Are you balling so hard you need to open an account at Gringotts Wizarding Bank? Now is your chance. You can visit the famed goblin-staffed bank on the Strand in Central London at the Australia House, a diplomatic building opened in 1918. Potter fans will notice the entrance hall of Australia House is where the Gringotts entrance hall was filmed in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The Leadenhall Market:
The Leadenhall Market in London is a major shopping and dining area for locals, adorned with cobblestone pathways, decorative painted rooftops and charm galore. In the wizarding world though, this marketplace is actually Diagon Alley. The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron is hidden on this street, however, you won’t find Hagrid inside guzzling down Butterbeer, but rather an optometrist office. If you’ve been pining over Harry’s circle specs, you may want to drop by.
George Heriot’s School:
This castle-like school dating back to 1628 is the building that inspired Hogwarts itself. Still in operation as a primary and secondary school located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, this fortress clearly resembles Hogwarts Castle.
The Elephant House Cafe:
Disclaimer: Be prepared for some major crowds and a line at this coffee house because this is the Holy Land for Harry Potter fans! Located at 21 George Street in Edinburgh, this is the very cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote the first and second books. Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and maybe creative genius will strike you in the same way.
Located within a stone’s throw of the Elephant Cafe is the Greyfriars Kirkyard, where Rowling also gleaned much inspiration for the Potter books. Stroll through the graveyard and see if you can find Thomas Riddle’s grave. Intense Potter fans have been known to visit and pay their respects to Lord Voldemort.
Though we haven’t perfected our ability to Apparate you there yet, you can get there on London and Scotland Escape.