Visiting Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Travel Diary

Day 2-3

After a 50 minute train journey from York, we made it to Durham which is a well known university town. Durham University is one of the World's top 100 universities. The town was therefore full of students everywhere. There were massive queues for Subway at all the Subway locations in Durham. I guess those students are hungry and Subway is cheap student food.

...but I digress.

Durham is a charming town. We met our friend at the Durham Marketplace. It's the city centre.


Once we found our friend we started walking around town and towards the Cathedral to check it out.
We went past Durham Castle which is one of the filming locations for the Harry Potter films. You can go on guided tours of the inside if you book ahead of time. The Castle is used as student lodging so if you go to Durham University you could stay in Durham Castle. Pretty sweet.


Durham Cathedral also happens to be a location used for the Harry Potter films as well. It's a pretty massive Norman building and an UNESCO World Heritage site.


We had a good look around the inside of the Cathedral. The architecture and artwork inside is incredible.
You aren't supposed to take pictures inside the Cathedral. We respected that but we took a shot of this little area since it wasn't really inside the church bit. This also happens to be one of the spots they used for Harry Potter.

There was a Lego model of the Cathedral that was epic. It was outside of the gift shop.
We went in the Cathedral cafe and had some tea/coffee with our friend before heading out.

We explore some more around the street of Durham looking for good photo opportunities.

We searched out and found the view we had seen on the postcards for Durham. It wasn't too difficult to find. We just wanted to get the bridge, castle and cathedral in one shot.


Then we went for a walk along the riverside. It was pretty muddy but we managed. They was also quite a few people out for a run.


The bridges were really cool looking in Durham.
After we were finished exploring Durham we made our way back to our friends house. She was nice enough to make us some vegan pies with mash which was terrific. She couldn't have been a better host. Our next destination on our journey was supposed to be Lincoln, but our friends had come down with the flu. We spent several hours that night searching for an alternative plan.

The next morning we set off from Durham into the unknown.  We found shelter at Carla's house. Read more: A Visit to South Yorkshire and East Midlands

Did you enjoy reading about Durham? Think you would like to visit the sets of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

14 comments:

  1. OMG!! So jealous they get a castle as a dorm! It sounds like a great place to visit. I woulda snuck that picture too

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    1. I know right! I would love to live in a castle!

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  2. I didn't know that they filmed at real locations such as Durham. For some reasons I thought that it was all filmed in a studio. It sure looks like an interesting place to visit, not only due to the films. More because of the same reasons the town inspired the films. :)

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    1. Durham was a cute little town to explore. It just had the bonus of having HP filmed in some places.

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  3. I remember the Durham cathedral from the movies. Did you get a chance to stay in the Durham castle? That seems to be so cool. It sure looks like a fun town to visit.

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    1. The castle is now a dorm for uni students. You can get guided tours though.

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  4. I have trouble liking this article...I went to school down the road in Chapel Hill, so duke is my mortal enemy :) I'm trying to look at it objectively though. I really do like your shots of the bridges, and the castle is very majestic.

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    1. Lol. I hear you. The town we are from is a cruise port. People love visiting.. We hate going back there.

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  5. The pictures are wonderful!. I would visit this just for the love of Harry Potter and architecture! I am totally smitten by your pictures. They seem to transport me into a magical world with a wave of a wand!

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    1. Glad to hear you found yourself in a magical world while reading our post. It was fun to visit.

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  6. didn't know that movie was filmed at this location. would love to visit it someday. it would definitely remind me of some of the great scenes from the movie. thanks for sharing! Cheers.

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    1. Yeah! Pretty cool huh!We hope you get to visit. We had a wonderful time. (Maybe try going when the weather is nicer though!!!)

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  7. I am not a Harry Potter kind of person never read a book on him... :P yet these kind of places attract me. I love the old world charm this place has. So I will definitely include it in my itinerary if I am anywhere around.

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  8. Great setting and beautiful castle. Refreshed some memories from the movies. Wonder if they also teahc secret vegan magical recipes...

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