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Old 10-16-2010, 07:23 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever done one of the day-long Harry Potter tours while in London? There seem to be a few different options, including just staying in London and also including (all during one day) trips to Oxford, Lacock, and elsewhere. We'll be in London for a few days at the end of November (chilly, I know) and are thinking that this might be a really fun way to see the area.
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Old 10-16-2010, 11:42 AM   #2
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Has anyone ever done one of the day-long Harry Potter tours while in London? There seem to be a few different options, including just staying in London and also including (all during one day) trips to Oxford, Lacock, and elsewhere. We'll be in London for a few days at the end of November (chilly, I know) and are thinking that this might be a really fun way to see the area.
Oooo! What a great idea! I totally forgot about those. I'm (hopefully) going to be in England next September, and that sounds like a *great* way to spend a day. I'll be interested to see what info you get!

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Old 10-16-2010, 12:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info.
My daughter is going to live in London
next year and is a huge Harry Potter
fan. I will pass this on to her
as I know she would love to
do a tour.

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Old 10-17-2010, 12:54 PM   #4
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This is not a guided tour, but we followed this free self guided tour when we went to London this summer. It was so well written and easy to follow and we had a blast. We stretched it over two days (I cannot imagine pulling it all off in one, but you could do it in one and a half) and took our time and checked things out as we went.
Everyone (parents, 11 year old boy and 13 year old girl) had a blast with it and it was a great way to start our trip and get oriented to the city.

http://www.the-magician.co.uk/
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:00 PM   #5
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This is not a guided tour, but we followed this free self guided tour when we went to London this summer. It was so well written and easy to follow and we had a blast. We stretched it over two days (I cannot imagine pulling it all off in one, but you could do it in one and a half) and took our time and checked things out as we went.
Everyone (parents, 11 year old boy and 13 year old girl) had a blast with it and it was a great way to start our trip and get oriented to the city.

http://www.the-magician.co.uk/
Thanks, Hadley! I'm definitely going to check this out. What a great way to see the sights!

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Old 10-18-2010, 03:07 AM   #6
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Thanks, Hadley! I'm definitely going to check this out. What a great way to see the sights!

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It was truly a lot of fun. Are you the same Sayhello who was posting comments on Erik's cruise blog?
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It was truly a lot of fun. Are you the same Sayhello who was posting comments on Erik's cruise blog?
That would be me! I posted a detailed Trip Report here for my Med Cruise with the ABD add-on, and Erik commented a lot, and was so anticipating his & Jason's cruise. So I *had* to follow his blog! It was a lot of fun.

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Old 10-18-2010, 03:51 PM   #8
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Thanks, Hadley! I have gathered information on a variety of tours (with an amazing range of prices) and am conferring with our friends to see what we all would like to do. I'd really like to include a side trip to Oxford, so we're trying to decide how exactly to fit that in too. I'll keep you all posted on how it goes.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:13 AM   #9
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That would be me! I posted a detailed Trip Report here for my Med Cruise with the ABD add-on, and Erik commented a lot, and was so anticipating his & Jason's cruise. So I *had* to follow his blog! It was a lot of fun.

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Fun! It is odd, I never have been on this board (not looking at an ABD) but I noticed the HP reference when scrolling through on the main page and right way "met" someone I knew of. What a nice community this is I'll have to look up your blog some day when I have time to kill.

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Thanks, Hadley! I have gathered information on a variety of tours (with an amazing range of prices) and am conferring with our friends to see what we all would like to do. I'd really like to include a side trip to Oxford, so we're trying to decide how exactly to fit that in too. I'll keep you all posted on how it goes.
Oh I do hope you'll post about Oxford. Somehow we never made it out there this summer. There is just SO much to do in London. I hope you enjoy your trip.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:21 AM   #10
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Fun! It is odd, I never have been on this board (not looking at an ABD) but I noticed the HP reference when scrolling through on the main page and right way "met" someone I knew of. What a nice community this is I'll have to look up your blog some day when I have time to kill.
It's a small, small world! Glad to get to know you. The links to my trip reports are in my signature when you get around to it!

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I did one of the Harry Potter tours. It included the Cotswolds, Oxford, and Warwick Castle. The Castle was the best. It is owned by the people who own Madame Tussauds(the wax museum people). As far as the Harry Potter part they really didnt film there. Only on a stairwell in movie one where they are getting ready to enter the Great Hall for the hat sorting ceremony. The "great" hall was not filmed there but it takes on some resemblence. They tell you this when you get there at the end. You do get to hear the story of how Alice and Wonderland was created there.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:18 PM   #12
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What is the harry Potter tour in London?? We may be going this spring and we are huge fans. Do tell....
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:17 AM   #13
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On one of our trips to England, my husband and I did quite a bit of "Harry Potter touring" on our own, just based on research and guide books. A lot of the stuff we saw in Oxford in 2006 can be found here:

http://sharonheg.wordpress.com/2006/...enue-q-tescos/

We also visited Platform 9-3/4 on that trip:

http://sharonheg.wordpress.com/2006/...eum-wandering/

And we also made a "pit stop" to see the 165y/o still-in-use train station that became the movie's "Hogwarts Station", during our trip to England in 2010:

http://sharonheg.wordpress.com/2010/...singing-gospe/

Finally, if anyone wants to read about ALL of our trips to England (including, ahem, singing at the Royal Albert Hall. Three times!), just go here and follow the links:

http://sharonheg.wordpress.com/categ...ngland-travel/
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:05 PM   #14
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Hey, I read an article on Pacsafe's facebook page that recommended 7 "odd" tours. Not sure why Harry Potter qualified, but they had this link to a company that does all sorts of Harry Potter Tours. Thought I'd share! I'm definitely going to check them out.

http://www.londontaxitour.com/london...otter-tour.htm

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