LACOCK ABBEY (Lacock): Potions classroom.
Only 45 minutes away from the city of Bristol, Lacock Abbey stands surrounded by beautiful gardens and green fields. A piece of Hogwarts in the English countryside.
The Abbey was originally built in the 13th century as a monastery. And its charming medieval beauty made its sacristy the perfect location for Professor Snape to teach Potions in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Also in that film, Professor Quirrell taught Defense Against the Dark Arts inside this Abbey and in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Harry heard the Basilisk hissing through its stone walls.
But you cannot leave Lacock without going for a walk around the village! Do you want to see the house where Harry got his famous scar?
GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL (Gloucester): Gryffindor common room.
Maybe the Potions classes and the walk around Lacock to discover Harry’s origins have left you a bit tired. It’s time to rest… and what better place to relax than the Gryffindor common room?
Gloucester Cathedral is an hour north of Bristol. And this impressive 1300 year-old building was also turned into Hogwarts in the films. Specifically, it stood as the corridors near the Gryffindor common room.
You won’t need the Sorting Hat to place you into Gryffindor to be able to visit this filming location! And don’t worry, no Basilisk has murdered anyone inside this cathedral even though the heart-stopping scene with the message ”The Chamber of Secrets has opened. Enemies of the heir beware” written on the wall was filmed here.
Gloucester Cathedral is no stranger to cameras, actors and crew members, and world famous English TV Shows like Doctor Who or Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock have been filmed here.
You too can step into Hogwarts just by clicking on our ‘Activities’ section! Get more details about tours to the cathedral or around the city. A guide will tell you all the legends of Gloucester and some Harry Potter anecdotes!