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Private Harry Potter Movie Sites from London: Oxford and Lacock

2 reviews
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London
| 11 hours
Hotel pickup

Overview

At a glance
Category: Tours, Day Trips
Duration: 11 hours
Description
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: University of Oxford, University Offices 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD England

Enter the Great Hall used in all the Harry Potter movies

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG England

See where Harry Potter was filmed in this part of the City

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lacock Abbey High Street, Lacock SN15 2LG England

Enter to see where Harry Potter was filmed in the Abbey and the Village itself

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions
Bottled water
Driver/guide
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Transport by private vehicle, includes WIFI
Fuel surcharge
Vehicle has fully working heating and air-conditioning
Vehicle will seat 6 to 8 guests depending on group size
All Vehicles used are modern 7 to 9 seater MPV's from brands like Mercedes, Ford, Kia, Seat and Hyundai
Lunch
Gratuities
Entry tickets to all chargeable sites you can easily buy them on the day of the tour
Entry/Admission - University of Oxford
Entry/Admission - Lacock Abbey

Location

Meeting point
Traveler pickup is offered
We can also collet you from any London Airport for an extra charge. We can also meet you at any London underground station or train station as part of the tour cost. We will also collect you from any London hotel or private accommodation in London

Airports

  • Heathrow Airport, Hounslow TW6 England
  • Gatwick Airport, Horley RH6 0NP England
  • Stansted Airport, Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 1QW England
  • Luton Airport, Airport Way, Luton LU2 9LY England


Ports

  • Dover
  • Southampton
  • Portsmouth


Reviews

Aug 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip out to Oxford and Lacock. We booked it for our first full day of our trip, thinking that we could recover from jet lag/travel fatigue while riding around in the countryside in a car, and this turned out to be a pretty good plan. Our tour guide/driver, Douglas, was very knowledgable and engaging, and thank goodness, because we ended up spending a lot of time with him more on that below. Highlights of the day include the Bodleian Library truly amazing and the charming Lacock Village. All in all, we spent a lovely day visiting sites that we probably would not have done on our own, so the tour made it possible. I have one caveat and one criticism that I hope Viator will fix in the future.

Caveat: Although the theme of the day is Harry Potter sites, and we did start the day at the Kings Cross Station touristy, but fun and they have props and a photographer right there to take pictures so they turn out well, this tour is quite different from doing a studio tour. At Oxford and Lacock there are certainly references made to Harry Potter and also Alice in Wonderland at Christ Church, but these are sites that boast their own significance. In fact, I was concerned that my kids ages 14 and 11 were going to suspect me of trying to pass off an educational experience under the guise of Harry Potter. As it turned out, the kids LOVED the Bodleian Library. The docent did an amazing job on the short and sweet 30-minute tour of setting the historical context and on-going importance of one of the oldest libraries in Europe and the 2nd largest in England, so much so that they pushed to do a quick stop at the Weston Library to see a copy of the Magna Carta believe me, none more surprised than I. Lacock Village is lovely, featuring a hodgepodge of thatched roof buildings and winding cobblestone roads in addition to the abbey itself Hogwarts, which is viewable at a distance. One really gets a sense of the English property system as featured in Downton Abbey and that it really hasnt changed a bit. Local residents of Lacock are taking advantage of the HP tourism and several have homemade items on offer in their front yards jams, meringues, seed starts, HP talismans, which my city-dweller kids found quaint and irresistable.

Criticism: The Bodleian Library and Christ Church both require tickets and Viator did not purchase/arrange these ahead of time. This caused a big hassle and major delays for us. We arrived at the Bodleian around noon, but the next available tour was not until 3:30 We called our guide/driver to come back and get us, and we decided to go to Christ Church first. Unfortunately, when we got to Christ Church we discovered that the Great Hall was closed for lunch until 2:15 So we killed some time, ate lunch, and then commenced. As a result, though, we didnt leave Oxford till after 4PM, dramatically extending our day. We had planned to get back to London around 6:30, but with the delays and traffic, and even skipping a planned dinner stop in Lacock, we did not get back until 10PM Douglas helped us call in a takeout fish and chips order, which was terrific! It was a long day. Especially considering the price of the tour and that its a private tour Viator has advance notice of the date and participants, Viator should purchase the tickets ahead of time and confirm open hours. Also, note that minimum age for the Bodleian Library is 11.

In the end, we were glad to spend the day roaming around and let someone else do the driving. And we probably would not have prioritized Oxford and Lacock on our own, so all in all, we had a great day and would recommend seeing these sites this way.

Dec 2019

The tour company failed to inform us ahead of time that many of the sites were closed due to the holidays. The tour guide didn’t seem to be very knowledgeable about Harry Potter although he was very friendly and a great driver.

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