Harry Potter Walk in York
Explore a magical city with the Harry Potter Walk in York. Take a stroll through the streets and sites that brought the Wizarding World to life on the big screen.
While it doesn’t feature in any of the Harry Potter books, York plays an integral part in the magical world they describe. The winding streets, dramatic landscapes, and heritage buildings made York the perfect place to inspire the film scenes for Harry’s on-screen adventures.
Led by a know-all tour guide, you will be brought through the charmed (and charming) locations throughout this city.
At the beginning of the tour, your guide will sort your groups into the four houses of Hogwarts. As you wander through the city, you will get the chance to earn points for your house by answering Harry Potter trivia and correctly reciting spells. With an animated scoreboard, video clips of movie scenes, costume pieces, and reenactments, this interactive experience allows you to truly embrace the Wizarding World.
Ambling through York, you will saunter down The Shambles. The quaint street was the real-life inspiration for Diagon Alley. And, strolling along its cobbles from a time long past, it’s very easy to see why. Filmmakers flocked here to study its architecture and character in order to re-create it on set. With costumes supplied by your guide, this is the perfect place to get a fun photo to send home!
Along The Shambles you will also find The Shop That Must Not Be Named. Inside its walls are all the mugs, books, wands and other Harry Potter memorabilia that you could ever want!
York Train Station doubled as Kings Cross Station in the movies. Here you can walk over the tracks along the same bridge as Harry and Hagrid. Then, why not get a fun photo waiting at Platform 9 for the Hogwarts Express to arrive.
You will also get to see Hall Cross Academy. Looking at these Victorian buildings you might think that they look similar to those of Hogwarts. That’s because this location was again used as inspiration for the film sets, and was nearly used for shooting a few scenes itself.
The Harry Potter Walk in York tour is an excellent way to explore both the muggle and magical sides of this English city.
And you’ll still have plenty of galleons and sickles left to enjoy the rest of your trip.