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Halloween in Britain


With its majestic stone buildings and bloodthirsty history, where better to celebrate Halloween than in Britain? If you need help to get into the right spirit, here are a few tips and ideas for you to make the most out of it!

edinburghTop 10 Halloween ideas
How about going to Edinburgh to celebrate Halloween? The magnificent castle on the top of the hill is lit up at night and is a beautiful place to look out over the city. In Edinburgh, you can also take part in ghost tours of Edinburgh’s dark alleys and underground chambers.

Another suggestion is to go to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. Alnwick Castle is no stranger to witches and wizards and starred as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Wear fancy clothes, carve pumpkins, hear ghost stories and take a spooky walk before the party starts.

Read more about our Halloween ideas here!

Top 10 haunted places
Britain is also known for its thousands of (allegedly) haunted places. No British city seems complete without its personal ghosts and scary tales. London is of course top of this list with the infamous Tower of London taking the no. 1 spot – the giant fortress has provided the scene for many historical beheadings and hangings. Apparently, you can still smell the perfume of the ‘White Lady’ who died in the Tower many years ago.

Read more about Britain’s top haunted places here!

Have a nice Halloween!



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The Mysteries of Potters England

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

In this last part of the Harry Potter England cavalcade we’ll find out how to find to Hogsmead station and what the Forbidded Forrest has in store for curious tourists…

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland has been used in a number of TV programs and films, but it is probably best knows as the location of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Medieval Castle was build in 1096 to defend England’s northern borders from the Scottish Invasion. The castle is open for visitors from March to October. Please visit Northumberlands homepage for details about how to get there an what to see.

Goathland Station in North Yorkshire, Northern England is used as Hogsmead Station. The station was built in 1865 as a part of the North Eastern railway. Visitors can not only visit the station, but also stay on a camping coach over night. The village of Goathland is most famous for being the settings for one of Britain’s most loved TV series, Heartbeat. On Goathland’s homepage you’ll find more tips on what to do when you’re there.

Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester, West England. The magnificent cloisters in the cathedral makes the settings for the long corridors inside Hogwarts. Also the talking pictures and scenes with the overflowing bathrooms in The Chamber of Secrets were filmed here. Click here for further information and visiting hours for Gloucester Cathedral.

Black Park

Black Park

Black Park in Buckinghamshire was the perfect setting ‘The Forbidden Forest’ on the edge of Hogwarts. The park has 530 acres of attractive woodland, grassland and heathland with a centrepiece lake. Here you’ll find miles of stony paths, good for walking, cycling or horseback riding. There’s also a lakeside café with toilet facilities. Also mobility scooters are available free but must be booked in advance. Visit Black parks webpage for further information on what to do and how to get there.

The Hogwarts Express Daytrip. If you don’t have the time and effort to visit all the places related to Harry Potter on your own, there are quite a few tours to chose from. Take for example ‘The Hogwart’s Express’, a daytrip where you’ll visit film location in London or Oxford.

We hope this Harry Potter film location directory inspired you to visit the beautiful country of Great Britain. If you want more inspiration, please don’t hesitate to ask our staff for more information. You can also visit our websites on http://www.visitbritain.com for travel tips, maps, train tickets etc. And don’t forget to subscribe to our blog, if you want frequent updates directly to your mailbox.

If you missed the two previous parts of the Harry Potter Sensation, there’s no need to worry. They are easy to find. Just click on The Harry Potter Sensation or Harry Potters England.


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