Wizarding Week: OWLs- Oxford Wizard Locations

OWL: Oxford Wizard Locations

  • Land at Heathrow, Rest up for tour
  • Drive 1 hour to Oxford
    • Christ Church College
    • Bodleian Library
    • Divinity School
  • Drive 1.5 hours to Gloucester
    • Gloucester Cathedral
  • Drive 1 hour to Bristol
  • Rest up for Day 2


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Day One

  • Drive from London to Oxford. The drive should be about an hour. You will encounter toll roads along the way.

Dinning Hall in Harry Porter the movie

  • Head to Christ Church first.
    • Christ Church is Oxford University’s largest college. You’ll enter through Christ Church’s Meadow Building and from there make your way to the Great Hall.
    • Notice the staircase leading up to the Great Hall. This is where Professor McGonagall greeted the first years in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and where Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter have their first skirmish. This staircase dates from the 16th century.
    • The Great Hall here was replicated and built as a set for the movie. You’ll recognize it as Hogwarts Hall where students have their feasts and dine regularly.
    • The tour costs £6.00 for adults. You’ll want to avoid this site between 12 noon and 2:30 each day and also after 4:30 PM due to unexpected closings.

Bodleian Library: Divinity School

  • Walk to the Bodleian Library.
    • It’s a short, 10 minute walk from Christ Church to the Bodleian Library so relax and walk around town.
    • This library was used as the Hogwarts Library. You’ll recognize it from many scenes, especially from movies 1, 2 and 4. The Duke Humphrey’s section of the library will be of particular interest to you.
    • There is a guided tour that lasts 1 hour for those over age 11. Tip: Tickets are first come, first serve so it may be best to stop in here to get a ticket, head to Christ Church and return here for your tour time. Tickets go on sale at 9 AM. The tour costs £6.50 and runs 4 times a day and 3 times on Sunday.
    • Pay an extra pound and head next door to the Divinity School. You can walk through at your own pace and finish when you want. This part of campus is where the hospital wing portions of Harry Potter are set. You’ll recognize them from nearly every movie.
  • Drive from Oxford to Gloucester. The drive should be about an hour and 30 minutes. If you haven’t had lunch yet, grab some when you get to the city.

Hogwart

  • Head to Gloucester Cathedral.
    • Admission is free but a £5.00 donation is suggested and for photography a £5.00 donation is requested.
    • If you arrive before 3 PM, there is a guided tour option available.
    • Many scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed here. You’ll recognize the corridors Moaning Myrtle flooded in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the location where it was announced the Chamber of Secrets had been opened. You’ll also see another cloister used in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when Ron and Harry attempt to save Hermoine from the troll. Finally, you’ll see the walkways leading to the Gryffindor Common Room. Check out the BBC’s breakdown of what it took to transform Gloucester Cathedral into Hogwarts here.
  • Drive south to Bristol. It’ll be another hour of driving but you’ll stay here for the night.

As always, these are just suggestions. Take notice of all open hours, costs, driving requirements and timing and make alterations as necessary. And enjoy! Tomorrow we’ll go on day 2 of our Harry Potter Road Trip across Great Britain.

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