Wizarding Week: Road Trip

When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I was released, TravelHyper did a plan for a road trip involving all things Harry Potter. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the trip of a lifetime.

Day 1

Visit some OWLs: Oxford Wizard Locations. You’ll drive from London to Oxford to visit Christ Church, where castle scenes were shot; Bodleian Library, where the Hogwarts Library was set; and the Divinity School, where the hospital wing was portrayed.

Dinning Hall in Harry Porter the movie

From Oxford you’ll drive to Gloucester and visit the Gloucester Cathedral. The cathedral is where the troll scenes were shot in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the hallways were filmed during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Then you’ll drive on to Bristol to stay the night before your next day.

Day 2

You’ll spend Day 2 in the COS: City of Secrets, also known as London. First you’ll want to drive from Bristol to the city of Lacock. In Lacock, stop at Lacock Abbey, where 4 movies were shot. You can recognize classroom shooting locations, the path where Dobby earned his freedom, and in town you’ll even see the home used for Professor Slughorn.


After your visit to the Abbey, it’s time to move on to London. In London you’ll likely want to take the rails or walk. On your first day, make sure to visit Westminster Station, seen when Harry heads to his hearing in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. You’ll want to make sure to cross over the Millennium Bridge on your way in the city. That’s the bridge that was attacked in the opening of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Crossing the River Thames on the bridge might mean heading to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the location of the geometric staircase seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when students went to Professor Trelawney’s classroom.

Day 3

It’s another day in the City of Secrets. You’ll start the day by heading to King’s Cross Station, where the infamous Platform 9 3/4 is located. You’ll want to take the train to the Piccadilly Circus Tube Station. When you come out above ground, you’ll be right in the Piccadilly Circus area where the trio was almost hit by a bus in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I.

Almost Made It..

After stopping for some lunch in this area, you’ll want to travel on to the ZSL London Zoo. This was the zoo used in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone where Harry first speaks Parseltongue. After you’ve had some fun exploring the zoo, head back to your car and drive on to Leicester where you’ll stay the night.

Day 4

Today’s journey will take you for your NEWT: Northern England Wizard Tour. Start by heading out of Leicester and north to Malham. Malham’s Cove is 1 mile north of the city and the large wall is where portions of the camping scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I were filmed.

Malham Cove

After enjoying time in Malham and Yorkshire Dales National Park, journey on to Goathland in North Yorkshire. The Goathland Railway Station was used as the Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and other movies. You’ll be staying in Goathland overnight.

Day 5

On day 2 of your Northern England Wizard Tour, you’ll start the day driving to Durham. Durham Cathedral is where both the snowy Hedwig Christmas scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Professor McGonagall’s transfiguration classes took place. It was also the setting of the “Eat Slugs”/Quidditch scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Durham Cathedral Cloisters

After Durham, drive on to Alnwick. Alnwick Castle was used as the location for the flying lesson in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as well as many exterior shots of the Hogwarts’ grounds. After Alnwick, drive on to Edinburgh, Scotland. You’ll stay in the Balmoral Hotel overnight. That’s the same hotel where JK Rowling finished her final Harry Potter book on January 11, 2007.

Day 6

Day 6 is your Journey to Hogwarts. You’ll grab breakfast at the Elephant House in Edinburgh, the same location where JK Rowling started writing the Harry Potter series. After filling up, drive to Glen Nevis. You’ll be going on a hike here so bring some good walking shoes.

Elephant House - Harry Potter

In Glen Nevis, you’ll visit Steall Falls and Nevis Gorge, both seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire during Harry’s battle with the dragon. After your hike, drive on to Fort William and rest up.

Day 7

As the final part of your trip you’ll climb on board the Hogwarts Express. Head to the Fort William Railway Station and climb on board The Jacobite where you’ll ride the train from Fort William to Mallaig. This is the train route Hogwarts student took to school and at times this train company provided steam engines and carriages used in the movies.

Glenfinnan Viaduct 1

During your train ride you’ll pass over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, or the long bridge seen on nearly every journey. You’ll also pass over Loch Shiel, the lake that played the role of the lake on the grounds of Hogwarts as well. Your train ride will give you a chance to grab lunch in Mallaig and will bring you back to Fort William. From there we offer travel tips on how to get back to an airport to head home.

Even More

As a bonus, we’ve created a post with all the road trip detours you might want to take, touring tips, and tours offered if you aren’t quite up to a road trip. Soon you’ll even be able to enhance your road trip with a Journey into the Making of Harry Potter tour.

cliffs of moher

If you’re going to be Stateside, check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, or even Harry Potter artwork.

If you decide to take part in a tour or have pictures from your own Harry Potter journeys, let us know! We’ll have some photos from fellow fans this afternoon.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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