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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.

-Towe-

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Harry Potters England

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey

Today the new Harry Potter movie has world premiere and as most of you already know, most film locations for the Harry Potter films is found in England. Please join us in the first part of our Harry Potters England-cavalcade(for Scotland locations, please click here):

Kings Cross Station in London is where you find the platform 9 and ¾, where Hogwarts Express leaves from. At Kings Cross, you will find a sign on the wall that Harry Potter and his friends uses to get on to the platform. The actual platform used in the films is platform no. 4.

Leadenhall Market in London was used to in scenes about The Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley. The market dates back to the 14th century and is still in use.

Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire is a 13th century Abbey in the village of Lacock in Wiltshire, Southwest England. The abbey was founded by the Countess of Salisbury as a nunnery. When Henry VIII bought the house in 1539, he demolished big parts of the buildings, like the church. But the beautiful cloisters, used as part of the interior of Hogwarts School, is still standing until this day. Take time to visit the gardens when you visit the Abbey and while in Wiltshire, don’t miss Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plains, one of Britain’s most famous historic landmarks. Please visit National Trusts homepage for further information.

Bodleian Library, Divinity School in Oxford is used in three Harry Potter films. Duke Humfrey’s Bodleian Library is used as the Hogwarts library and the Divinity School features as the infirmary where Harry Potter gets his arm back. Find out how you can visit Bodleian Library here.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral in Durham is the Greatest Norman building in England, probably even in Europe. The cathedral, founded in 1093, is on UNESCOs list of World Heritage sites. In the films Harry can be seen walking through the cloisters of the cathedral. The cathedral interior is also used when filming classroom scenes as well as the insides of McGonagall’s office. Find out more about Durham Cathedral here.

Christ Church College in Oxford is used for the magnificent scenes in Hogwarts Dining Hall. The Church is open every day except Christmas Eve. Also, please note that the Church is a working academic and religious institution and some areas, including the Hall and the Cathedral, may close, occasionally without notice. However, there are arranged ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours where you have the possibility of visiting hidden areas, only accessible with a guide. For further information, visit Christ Church homepage

This was all for today, keep tuned for more Harry Potter-updates and don’t forget to go and see the new film tonight!

-Towe-

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Classic Britain – A winners travel tale, Part One

Classic Mini in front of a limestone cottage

Classic Mini in front of cottage

This spring VisitBritain had a campaign to get more Scandinavians to visit Britain. The campaign Classic Britain, was designed to help tourists find travel tips to more classic parts of Britain. You could also win a trip to MINI Coopers 50 year anniversary at Silverstone Circuit, with a MINI rental car and DFDS Seaways boat tickets to get there. The Swedish winner, Ingemar Eriksson, tells his tale about his adventures in Classic Britain. Here is the first part of the trip:

”I won the trip while I was in Norway on a job. One week later I was supposed to go on a two week holiday in France and that only gave me a few days to repack before leaving for England. Because of this my planning wasn’t very good, but I knew there was always something I could see and do in England.

I picked up the car at BMW in Solna, Stockholm on May 15, and my first impression was that the cabriolet was a bit noisy, an impression that fortunately changed during the trip.

St Botolph's Priory ruins

St Botolph's Priory ruins

I met two Minis on in the queue behind me, while boarding. They were from a Swedish Mini association in Stockholm, so we spoke a little about our cars. I slept most of the trip, a quite relaxing and calm voyage. Over breakfast (109 DKK), I had another conversation with one of the Mini owners, who was also going to the festival.

On May 19, I took of for England and arrived at Kolding in Denmark with three hours to spare before the boat left from Esbjerg. This gave me an opportunity to take a nice drive through South of Denmark. A great added value by taking the car!

After leaving the boat, I take a quick drive through the town of Harwich, before leaving for Colchester. Colchester is the size of Uppsala in Sweden, but sales of luxury cars seems to be ten times that since there was huge stores selling, not only Minis, but Porches, Bentleys, Ferraris and Maseratis.

In Colchester I stop to buy a map, and when I’m leaving I totally forget the left-hand traffic and I almost drive on the wrong side of a safety island. After learning the hard way, the left-hand traffic is no longer a problem.

After reading about Dedham in the Streiffert-guide, I decide to visit the city. However, I drive in the wrong direction and end up in Chappel, where I visit the East Anglian Railway Museum. After the detour, I take a better look at the map and find Dedham, a beautiful place where I took the Constable Walk, where we stopped at Flatford Mill(National Trust). The Constable Walk is a great nature experience that deserves more time than I gave it. Finally I ended up in Cambridge where I stayed at a Bed & Breakfast.”

This was the end of part one. If you would like to visit the places Ingemar Eriksson went to on the first parts of his trip, here are some good links to check out:

Constable  walk, Flatford

Constable walk, Flatford

Colchester
Chappel
East Anglian Railway Museum
Denham
Denham 2
Constable walk
Flatford Mill

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New feature: Polls!

Barnabys England

Barnabys England

From today a new feature is running on the blog. The polls have come to Mind the Gap!!And first one out is related to the fact that Midsomer Murders is back on TV this summer. Check out our Midsomer Murders film location sites and find out more about Barnabys England: Morden i Midsomer, Kriminalkommisær Barnaby and Mord & Mysterier.

The question you can answer this month is:

Which traditional English crime show is the best?

Vote by choosing one of the alternatives in the poll in the right sidebar, just beneath the Authors, then press ‘Vote’.

Enjoy!
– Towe

John Nettles in action at the set

John Nettles in action at the set

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Mind over Matter

Storm

Storm

Since the last Storm exhibition was already over when I last wrote about them, I wanted to get back to you readers now, when there’s a new exhibition.

In their new exhibition Mind over Matter – The images of Pink Floyd you’ll find their album cover prints of Pink Floyd; a result of over 40 years of collaboration between StormStudios and one of the World’s most successful rock bands.

The exhibition is situated in the little town of Ely, Cambridgeshire in Eastern England. Ely is a beautiful little cathedral city, just over an hour from London by train. While you’re in the city, you should take the opportunity to visit the beautiful English Medieval Cathedral, also known as ‘the ship of the Fens’, because of its shape that towers over the flat countryside. The most distinguishing feature of the Ely Cathedral is the octagon, an astonishingly beautiful tower built in the 13th century.

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

The exhibition ‘Mind over Matters’ is at the Babylon Gallery and continues until Sunday 19 July 2009. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays 12 noon – 4pm and there is no entry fee.

Address: Babylon Gallery is at: Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU

On Saturday 27 June from 2pm you can also meet the artist Storm Thorgerson in person.

For those, who are going to London in July, visit this exhibition in Ely. You will not be disappointed.

– Towe –

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Jackie’s weekend in sunny England

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I´ve recently come back from a wedding in sunny England (with my husband) and thought I would share with you some of the highlights of our trip (apart from seeing my family of course !) It started in London at Paddington station, following the footsteps that show you the way to the taxi rank ! Then we had an “entertaining” 15 minute drive to our hotel in Westminster with our driver. Did you know for example that there are 22,000 taxi´s in London ? 13 pounds well worth spent, so we gave him an extra 4 pounds !

When in London I always try and see a musical and this time it was “Dirty Dancing”. A fully packed Aldwychtheatre with young teenagers to senior citizens, and whatever the age we all left feeling happy ! Well worth 583 SEK a ticket, special offer on our website ! Ps – Don´t forget to have a drink in the bar during the intervall! You can order and pay beforehand so your drinks with be waiting for you. Simply look for your bill/name in the glass !

Another “Must” for me, or probably more so for my husband is a meal at “China Town” round “Leicester Square” Our favourite Chinese restaurant being the first one on Gerard Street ” Try their “Crispy Duck” or “Dim Sum”. You will want to go back for more ! www.gerrardscorner.co.uk

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Odiham is where we stayed for the wedding and such a quaint village, well worth a visit. There is no train station but the closest one is only about 5 mins drive away. Hook train station, taking you to London regularly.1.5 hr journey. We stayed at “The George Hotel” ….great atmosphere and friendly service, right on the high street www.georgehotelodiham.com. A 10 minute walk and you are by the canal. Beautiful walk along the canal to the castle. One can even rent narrow boats from here. Enjoy the photo´s and maybe your next trip to England will take you to beautiful Hampshire and a visit to Odiham !

– Jackie –

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Ambleside

Hawkshead

A couple of years ago I visited a small village called Ambleside in Cumbria – Lake District, England’s North Country. Can highly recommend The Homes of Football, a museum with a vast collection of football photography and memorabilia.

Especially remember staying at the The Red Lion Inn nearby, a traditional 15th century Lakeland Inn situated in the beautiful village of Hawkshead. Took a morning walk before breakfast and it was like stepping into the scenes of Emmerdale Farm, so peaceful and calm, typical English countryside with walking trails crossing the shepherd’s land, and only me and the roosters awake this misty morning.

There’s a Beatrix Potter Museum in Hawkshead for those who are interested. 

Nearby villages of Windermere and Grasmere are very nice too.

-Helene-

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