Wizarding Week: COS-City of Secrets

COS: City of Secrets, Part 1

  • Drive 45 minutes from Bristol to Lacock
    • Lacock Abbey
  • Drive 2 hours to London
    • Westminster Station
    • Millennium Bridge @ River Thames
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral

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Day Two

  • Drive from Bristol to Lacock along M4. The drive should take about 45 minutes.


    • Head to Lacock Abbey.
      • The town here is owned by the National Trust and all houses are rented out through them to the villagers. Villagers must preserve their homes as they appeared hundreds of years ago, making the village just as interesting as the Abbey.
      • Lacock Abbey is closed between November and February and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of their open season.
      • Tip: For this reason and a few other seasonal issues, we suggest taking your Harry Potter Road Trip in May-October.
      • Spend about 30 minutes to an hour here, looking for the Harry Potter connection and walking the grounds.
      • A trip here will cost between £8 and £11.
      • Scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were all filmed here. Classroom scenes and the scene where Dobby earned his freedom all took place at this location. This was also the set of the Mirror of Erised scene.
      • In town, you can find the house used as the exterior for Professor Slughorn’s house.
    • Drive from Lacock to London. You may encounter tolls.
    • Head to Westminster’s Great College Street’s Car Park or your hotel.
      • The Car Park will be £6
      • You can also get a hotel room nearby and check in. I would suggest a room near Westminster Abbey for convenience.
    • Travel London by walking, by rail, or a combination.
      • You’ll be taking the Yellow/Circle or the Green/District lines for the trip if you choose rail. Return to Westminster after sightseeing.
      • For a further understanding of London’s rail system, please check here for rail locations and timecards based around your schedule.
      • If you do walk, you will still need to stop in at the Westminster Station.
      • Tip: If you choose to walk, your tour will lead you right past Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye and many other landmarks.

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    • London’s Agenda:
      • Westminster Station
        • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry is escorted by Arthur Weasley to the Ministry of Magic for his hearing. They stop in a tube station on their journey and this is that same tube station.
        • From here you can take a train to the Mansion House Station or walk to the next destination.
      • Millennium Bridge
        • As you walk over this bridge, you’ll be crossing over River Thames. River Thames was first visible in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when members of Dumbledore’s Army flew to the Ministry of Magic.
        • The Millennium Bridge was highlighted in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince when Death Eaters attacked muggles on the bridge.
        • Approach the bridge from the Tate Modern and cross it heading north if on the walking tour. If coming from the Tube, approach it from Upper Thames Street.
        • For both tour options, walk north on Peter’s Hill and follow the walking directions until you reach your next destination, about a half mile walk.
      • St. Paul’s Cathedral
        • St. Pauls Staircase
        • You’ll want to seek out the Geometric Staircase here. The staircase was seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the staircase students took to Divination class with Professor Trelawney.
        • Take the guided tour. The last one of the day runs at 2pm and lasts 90 minutes. Tip: Depending on your timing it may be pertinent to start your tour here and work through the agenda backwards. Admission is £12.50 and that includes the price of the guided tour. You may purchase tickets in advance here.
    • Return to Westminster and take the rest of the evening off.



Check back tomorrow for a look at the rest of London and Day 3 and Day 4 of the Harry Potter Road Trip Across Great Britain.

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