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Midsomer Murders goes Harry Potter

Barnaby vs Potter

The last couple of weeks we’ve had a poll going on which English crime show you readers like the best. And the results are in.

Not very surprisingly, Midsomer Murders won with 30% of the votes. 21% of the readers found that Agatha Christie’s Poirot was the best, which therefore gave Poirot a second place in the poll. In third came two very good shows as well, both the Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Inspector Morse got 15% of the votes.

Next up is Harry Potter – who you can read more about in our blog series “the Harry Potter Sensation”. And the question this month is, which Harry Potter tourist attraction you like best?

To vote, click on your favourite sight in the right-hand menu and then press [vote].

– Towe –

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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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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!


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The Harry Potter Sensation

Hogwarts Express in Fort William

Hogwarts Express

In 1997 the first book about Harry Potter came out. Since then J.K. Rowling published six more books about the famous boy and four films have been made. On Wednesday, July 15, it’s world premiere for the fifth film ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Prince’.

This week will therefore be a Harry Potter sensation, where we’ll give you hints and tips on what Harry Potter-related adventures Britain has to offer. First up is Scotland:

West Highland Railway Line is a 42 mile long railway that runs from Fort William to Mallaig. The railway is used in almost all the train related scenes in the movies. Situated in Inverness-shire in Scotland, approximately 20 English miles west of Fort William you’ll find the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a famous viaduct that used to be a part of the British Railway Network, but is no longer in use. The viaduct is 100 feet above ground and 1000 feet across the valley and can be seen in The sorcerers stone where Harry and Ron misses the Hogwarts Express and tries to catch up with it in a flying car.

You can visit Glennfinnans Station and take a ride with one of the old steam trains across the viaduct. You can even get a meal on the restaurant coach. For more information about Glennfinnan Station, accommodation or time tables for the trains, please visit The Road to the Isles homepage. You can also find it on our Harry Potter map.

Fort William, Scotland

Fort William, Scotland

In the area around Glennfinnan Station you can also find spectacular hiking, cycling routes, boat cruises, castle visits and a lot more.

For example, the train also passes Glen Nevis in Fort William, used for scenery in the Quidditch Games. Harrys battle against a dragon was shot at the the waterfall Steall Falls in Fort William. If you want to visit Steall Falls and Glen Nevis, log on to Visit Scotlands hompage or Walkhighlands homepage for tips on walk routes or other activities in the area.

Follow our blog for more updates on what to visit in Harry Potters Britain. Next time, we’ll go to England.


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