Following steps of Harry Potter
Private mini-tour 3 days
Whatever your age, it's magic all the way on this activity-based tour for film and book enthusiast alike. We combine visits to film locations with memorable sightseeing of a range of classic UK attractions. You see mediaeval villages and historic cities, a fairy tale castle and a prehistoric stone temple, stunning scenery and wonderful architecture. But it's a 'doing tour' too, designed for a family to have holiday fun together (and take lots of photographs!). There's a steam train ride, castle exploring, woodland walking and family competitions to enter.Our tour is also designed to introduce youngsters to some other famed children's writers including C.S Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl. All-in-all, it's a perfect voyage of discovery and we hope a great way to build on the Harry Potter experience.
Suggested itinerary - can be done with private driver or self-drive
We leave the 'Muggles' of London behind and begin our magical journey with a visit to the newly opened Roald Dahl Museum. Here, young and old alike can discover the inspiration behind 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'James and the Giant Peach' and 'The BFG'. It's then a short hop to Oxford, home to Britain's oldest university. Have fun following in Harry, Ron and Hermonie's footsteps as we climb the stairs of 'Hogwarts', see where Harry met Tom Riddle and see the locations of Hogwarts infirmary and library! Let's not forget Christ Church College dining hall, used as the 'model' for Hogwarts Hall and an interesting museum with an eclectic mix of oddities, including the shrunken heads seen on the 'Knight Bus'. Oxford was also the setting for a magical book of another age but still managing to thrill today's generations. You'll see where Alice wondered through the small door into Wonderland, find a dodo, and discover where Lewis Carroll took his inspiration for the white rabbit, elongated necks and Mad Hatter tea parties on our 'Alice in Wonderland' walk. Other children's authors we can find here are C S Lewis ('The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe') and J R Tolkein ('Lord of the Rings').
Overnight Cotswolds village
Another great day. This morning we'll travel through the delightful Cotswoldsregion of honey-coloured stone villages, Tolkein's inspiration for the 'The Shire' in the Hobbit. We'll see if the locals have hairy feet! It's then on to a magical stone circle where you'll hear about the legend of the Witch, King and Fairies who live underground. It's then time to meet some of Harry's feathered friends - at a flying demonstration of birds of prey including an owl or two. What a hoot! Next, a 'Hogwarts Express' style steam train ride takes us through the countryside to Cheltenham. Perhaps they'll sell Chocolate Frogs on board…. Our last visit of the day is to the old cathedral city ofGloucester, immortalised by Beatrix Potter in her tale 'The Tailor of Gloucester'. We'll visit the cathedral where you can follow a Harry Potter trail around the cathedral cloisters used in the films as the school corridors, location of the girls' bathroom scene and more.nr Gloucester
Day Three - Friday This morning we venture into the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. This was an area well-known to J K Rowling, creator of our boy-wizard, and places like the 12th century Chepstow Castle and Forest must have been a source of great inspiration. We'll see her old family home and school. Weather and time permitting, we'll take a stroll in the forest looking for Fairie spirits, Unicorns and perhaps 'Firenze' the Cenatour.
We'll then drive into the country of Wales, hearing stories of Dragons and Merlin the Magician before exploring the battlements of the fairytale Chepstow Castle (where you can imagine defending the castle against the forces of darkness alongside Harry and gang, or learning to fly a broomstick).Next, we'll stop at a fantastic site, the perfectly preserved mediaeval village of Lacock - used extensively as a location in the Harry Potter films, including a house where 'You Know Who' murdered Harry's parents! Our final stop of the day before returning to London is where it all began. We'll visit the real street used as 'Privet Drive' in the movies…maybe we'll see Hagrid flying by on his motorbike! You're delivered to your central London hotel for approximately 19.00. London (own account; not inc. in tour price)
Our tour operators cannot take the group to an actual film location while shooting is in progress. They can only take the group to past locations used. Harry Potter books and films. The Harry Potter films have been set at various different locations within the British Isle including Alnwick Castle, Gloucester Cathedral, London, Scotland and Yorkshire. These locations will not be visited due to the time and distance constraints in travelling from London. London film locations include Kings Cross and St.Pancras Stations, Leadenhall and Borough Markets and Australia House. In Oxford, Christ Church College Dining Hall and the Divinity Hall are part of a regular college. They are occasionally closed for private functions, alternative suggestions will be made on the day if this is the case.
Depending on time of year, certain attractions may not be available (i.e. steam trains), so substitutes will be offered. Christ Church Hall is occasionally closed for College events and may not be visited
Feedback from clients
Bill and Sarita M , WA, August 2004
Sarita and I had a great time traveling with back roads tours on the Harry Potter Tour. We spent two days in London, three days around Bristol Bay, seeing Stonehenge, Wells cathedral, the town of Cheddar, a Roman Villa, Tor mountain, Glouster, and the forest of Dee. Then we finished the tour in Oxford mostly at Christchurch College. One of the highlights while in London was a visit to the Kew Bridge steam museum, a collection of very large nineteenth steam engines used mostly for pumping water to supply London. On Sundays, the museum fires up the boiler and the engines are energized for about a half hour each. The largest engine operational had a cylinder 90 inches large and a stroke of eleven feet. Truly awesome! Our tour guide was a blast, a very educated and interesting man that was a delight to be with. Thank you for booking this tour.
Nikki W and grandson Michael, IL,
Dear George, Sorry this rook longer than expected to get settled back in from the flurry of our trip. We had a GREAT time!! the itinerary took us to many places we probably would never have seen on our own. The tour guide Julie Schultz was excellent . She related to all of us individually and as a group with humor light heartedness and great asides on historical notes about her country of England and Scotland. It was a good mix of people and we all were looked after in fine comfort with good food. The only thing I would recommend is that the hotels have better access to computer use for those not carrying a laptop with them. The two Novotel's at the end of the trip offered a machine for internet use but the first one was inoperative and the second one was cost prohibitive at 3 pounds for 15 mins. Jullie got the names of close internet cafes for each stop on the journey. If not I would recommend this be researched and put into your brochure of info at some point. The only other thing I would give as constructive criticism would be.. have the company change the airport map!! It was very confusing and we waited at the wrong place that even the airport information staff thought to be the right spot. We would have missed the bus departure had I not had Julie paged at the last minute. This could be a problem for others in the future and needs to be looked. at. Otherwise, it was a great tour, and I will recommend it to others. We will use your tour company again if our travels call us to merry ole England or beyond!
Maria and Roxanna, from NY, February, 2005, day tour of Harry Potter The tour of Harry Potter we did with a guy named Mike, he was really nice, went out of his way, showed us a lot of places... really good! Now I can't wait to go there again.