Leaving London we travel to Gloucester Cathedral. The church has over 900 years of history to offer you as well as being in three of the Harry potter films. The church has been a place of Christian worship continuously for over 1300 years, since Osric, an Anglo-Saxon prince, founded a religious house here in 678-9 AD. At the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, the monastery was not thriving and in 1072 King William I appointed Serlo, a monk from Mont St Michel in Normandy to be its Abbot. in 1089 he was able to start building the magnificent abbey church which so impresses the visitor today.
In 1216, Henry III, who had succeeded to the throne at the age of only nine, was crowned here. Most importantly for the subsequent history of this place, in 1327, King Edward II who had died in Berkeley Castle (in suspicious and, traditionally, gruesome circumstances) was buried here. A monument was erected over the tomb of the dead king.
We shall stroll this magnificent church to find out its history and to find Harry Potter. Walking the corridors and cloisters of the church finding out about scenes that were shot in The Philosophers Stone, Chamber of Secrets and The Half Blood Prince. We have several scenes to bring to life for you here which include Moaning Mrtyle, Mrs Morris, the troll and the writing on the wall, oh and don’t forget spiders. Plus as with all our tours there are some other scenes that we have kept secret which will be revealed on the day.
Leaving Gloucester we head off to the wonderful village of Lacock.
Set in rural Wiltshire, the village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location.
The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.
Exploring this wonderful village we shall come across Godric’s Hollow, Professor Slughorns house. Then there are some of the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts to visit. This is a great family fun day out with lots of surprises and extra scenes to tell you about during the day.