A Harry Potter Tour of England & Scotland

A Harry Potter Itinerary
Who: Families

12 Days

Rita and Susie are here to help give you the inside track.

This itinerary combines the bustling city of London and the rugged highlands of Scotland, not to mention a visit to Warner Brothers Studios. Covering history and scenery, with a focus on Harry Potter, this itinerary is perfect for families of all ages.

Itinerary at a glance
  • Bring Harry Potter to life as you visit key sites from the books and films
  • Take in London, England's countryside and Scotland on this twelve-day itinerary

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Day 1: International Flight

Begin your journey by taking an international flight (likely to be an overnight flight) into London.

Day 2: Arrival to London

You will be met at arrivals in London by your private driver who will transfer you to your central London hotel. The drive should take approximately one hour, depending on traffic.

On arrival at your hotel, relax and unpack at leisure. After a delicious lunch head out for some city exploration. Your vintage Mini Cooper car will be waiting outside your hotel to discover the wonderful world of magic on your panoramic tour of London. Take in all the big sites as you seek out Harry Potter film locations across the city. After your tour your private driver will drop you back at the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 3: London Tour

Today, combine the major tourist sites of the city with yet more Harry Potter destinations, in a day sure to keep all entertained.

Begin your day at the fascinating Tower of London to learn more about England's historic past - make sure you look out for a traditional Beefeater! After your tour, your accredited blue badge guide will show you the actual Platform 9 ¾ (well, at least the wall through which the wizarding community magically disappear) at King's Cross Station for your all-important Hogwarts express picture! Take in the inspiration for Diagon Alley and the infamous bridge the Death Eaters destroyed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before visiting Westminster Abbey and the surrounding areas.

Day 4: Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Enjoy a leisurely morning to enjoy your hotel facilities or explore your hotel's local neighbourhood at leisure. After lunch, your private driver will be on hand to transfer you to Warner Brothers Studios.

For all Harry Potter fans, this is your chance to see behind the scenes and explore the magic of the Harry Potter films. You will be able to see close up the props, sets and costumes used in the films as well as discovering the secrets behind the special effects and animatronics. There are many, many magical (in both senses of the word) moments in the studios, but for us, the moment when you and the family walk in to the actual dining hall at Hogwarts is unforgettable.

Day 5: Countryside Exploration

Today, depart with your driver-guide for the beautiful city of Bath. The journey is approximately two and a half hours so it's an early start to make the most of the day.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Roman Baths and the Abbey before wandering through the Georgian streets in search of lunch (in our favourite deli.) After you've had your fill your driver-guide will transfer you to the nearby village of Lacock. Not only does this beautiful village give you a taster of all things Cotswolds, with many of the cottages dating from the 15th century, but the village was used as a location in several of the films. Enjoy an exhibition on the pioneer of photography, William Fox Talbot (who was probably seen as something of a magician in his time) before taking in the nearby Abbey, which stood in for parts Hogwarts, including Professor Snape's classroom, in two of the films. After your tour, relax and snooze in the car as your driver whisks you back to your London hotel. Old fashioned road travel might not be as fast as the floo network, but it's a little less sooty!

Day 6: Depart for Edinburgh

This morning check out of your London hotel and make your way to Kings Cross for your train to Edinburgh. The train takes approximately five hours, but the family can enjoy the beautiful scenery en route.

On arrival to Edinburgh Train Station porters will be on hand to help you with your luggage and you will be transferred to your Edinburgh hotel to relax and unpack. Huge fans should make sure they stay in the JK Rowling Suite at The Balmoral Hotel.

Day 7: Enjoy Edinburgh

It's up early today for your tour of Edinburgh city with a local guide. Take in famous sites such as Edinburgh Castle, which house the Scottish Crown Jewels - much older than their counterparts in London.

While exploring the Royal Mile and nearby sites take in some of the famous places where JK Rowling took inspiration for her books. Stop for a coffee in The Elephant or Spoon, two cafes where JK took refuge whilst writing the first books in the series. Look out for George Heriot's School, which is said to be the inspiration for Hogwarts.

Day 8: Day at Leisure

Explore the city at leisure today - searching out more Harry Potter sites or just enjoying the historical tourist sites such as Palace of Holyrood House or the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Additional Activities

  • Depart with a local driver-guide to visit Alnwick Castle - as seen in Harry's first broomstick flying lesson in the Philosophers Stone.
Day 9: Castle Hotel in the Highlands

Your driver-guide will be waiting for your journey to the West Coast, once you have checked out of your hotel.

En route, stop off at the magical Glencoe, the world-famous valley surrounded by high mountain peaks, rushing rivers and waterfalls which combine to create a mystical land. No wonder it was the setting for Hogwarts grounds in many of the quidditch scenes in the first two films and also the location for Hagrid's hut.

After soaking up the beautiful scenery, head to your castle hotel to relax in the drawing room as a pianist plays in the background.

Additional Activities

  • Add in a visit to Stirling Castle en route to the West Coast
Day 10: The Highlands

Spend today on the epic Jacobite Steam Train, travelling from Fort William to Mallaig. Rightfully described as one of the great railway journeys of the world, this 84-mile round trip takes in scenery of impressive extremes.

From Britain's highest mountain to deepest loch the vistas are breath-taking. On a clear day you can often see to the 'small isles' of Eigg (pronounced 'egg'), Muck & Rum. Children will love that this is also the route of the Hogwarts Express, especially as you travel over the Glenfinnan Viaduct!

A driver can be waiting for you at Mallaig, to transfer you back to your castle hotel if you would prefer not to enjoy the round-trip journey.
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Day 11: Isle of Skye

Journey to the Isle of Skye today, with your local driver-guide. The route to the isles is filled with spectacular scenery from dramatic hills to sandy beaches.

The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland's most famous islands with breath-taking landscapes which are dominated by the Black Cuilin Mountains. Enjoy the fresh-air as you experience a gentle hike to the 'fairy pools' - gin-clear streams and tumbling waterfalls culminating in crystal pools. After your walk enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at an oyster shack before continuing to explore the island for the afternoon. You can catch the ferry back to the mainland for a different view on return.

Additional Activities

  • Stop into the Talisker Distillery, the islands only distillery
Day 12: Onward flight

Your private driver is on hand to transfer you to Inverness airport, your journey is approximately two hours and takes you past the beautiful Loch Ness. From Inverness it is a short flight back to London for your onward journey.

Rita and Susie are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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