If, like me, you are a Harry Potter fan, you will know the thrill of finding a new filming location or even just a Harry Potter association in your town or one you are visiting. York has lots of Harry Potter connections and was also used as a filming location. One of the quirkier things to do in York.
The Enchantment Chamber
If you are a Harry Potter fan visiting York, then where better to stay than The Enchantment Chamber? From their website: “The Enchantment Chamber offers a unique self catering experience within an authentic wizarding world bed chamber complete with an unconventional four poster bed, realistic open fire, real wood flooring and furnished with an eclectic collection of magical artefacts from the wizarding world.” It’s just a seven minute walk from The Shambles and very close to lots of great restaurants on Walmgate.
See current availability and prices for The Enchantment Chamber.
The Wizard Walk of York
The Magic Hatter is bringing his award-winning entertainment to the streets, with his NEW Wizard Walk of York.
“Magic, mystery, comedy and excitement plus a dash of York’s history…the ingredients for a truly unforgettable experience for all the family!”
Public tours are running on selected evenings, starting from the bottom of The Shambles opposite The Golden Fleece. Pre-booking required. Private tours are available for birthdays, school groups, brownies, cubs and more. A wonderfully whimsical tour that wizard fans will go Potty for!
Wizard Wand Kits are also available, subject to availability. A handcrafted wand and instructions for seven tricks that young witches and wizards can learn at home. Plus a FREE printable certificate! To check days, times and book online visit the wizarding website at www.wizardwalkofyork.com.
The Shambles York – Harry Potter
The Shambles in York is a famous landmark in its own right, but more recently it has been associated with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Said to be the inspiration for the film version of Diagon Alley, it’s not hard to see why this medieval street appeals to us Potterheads. There are now four different Harry Potter shops in The Shambles.
The first to open was ‘The Shop That Must Not Be Named‘, followed later on by ‘The Potions Cauldron‘, ‘World of Wizardry’ and ‘The Boy Wizard‘. ‘The World of Wizardry’ sells some fabulous Harry Potter collectables, while ‘The Boy Wizard’ sells hoodies and scarves. I’ve recently visited each shop and have some fabulous pictures to share.
The Shop That Must Not be Named
World of Wizardry
The Boy Wizard
The Potions Cauldron
Rehab Bar – Harry Potter Themed Escape Room
7-9, Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB
You will find Rehab Bar on Piccadilly. As well as being a cafe bar that serves brunch during the day and pizza and cocktails in the evening, they have a Harry Potter escape room in their basement. Perfect for fans of the boy wizard, this escape room will have you thinking you are in Borgin and Burkes on Noctern Alley. You need to solve puzzles and create potions in order to escape. Perfect for grown up Harry Potter fans or those age 10+
We haven’t reviewed the escape room, but we have Brunch at Rehab Bar here.
York Railway Station (Platform 9 ¾)
York Railway Station was used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It’s a very brief glimpse but is there nonetheless! They used the footbridge at York to represent the bridge leading to Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station in London.
Goathland (Hogsmeade Station)
Spookily enough, the architect who originally designed York Railway Station, Thomas Prosser, was also responsible for the station at Goathland which was used as a filming location for Hogsmeade. Goathland is just over an hour’s drive from York. Visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to ride the Hogwarts Express!
York Castle Museum
Now, it’s a bit left field this one (confundo!), and does not have any Harry Potter connections that I can think of. But I think the York Castle Museum is worth mentioning for its recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate. You could definitely be behind The Leaky Cauldron on this street. It’s especially worth a visit at Christmas too.