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Harry Potter Trail at Lacock Abbey

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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published February 29th 2020
Harry Potter-tastic location spotting
Lacock Abbey, an absolute must for Harry Potter fans.

Remember Harry, Ron and Hermione running through the Cloisters at Hogwarts between lessons? How about the mysterious mirror of Erised? If you do, then you'll love exploring Lacock Abbey, which is one of the locations used in several of the Harry Potter films.

he Abbey cloisters, one of the locations used in the Harry Potter movies

With beautiful historical buildings, rural surroundings, shops and quirky eateries all within walking distance, Lacock is a wonderful place to 'potter' around in. It is easy to see why many, many films and television series have been made here. The entire Abbey, village and surrounding buildings have been lovingly preserved, and many of these date back to the Twelfth Century.

Lacock Abbey cloisters

The Abbey itself is owned and maintained by the National Trust, and also houses the Fox Talbot Museum. Talbot was a photographic visionary, and lovingly recorded the life and times of the South West from his house. You do not have to be a National Trust member to get in, but this place alone makes joining the trust worth it. Have a look here to find out how you can join the National Trust.

The room used to house the Mirror of Erised in the first Harry Potter movie

Lacock Village is a pleasant, rural 40-minute drive from Bath or Bristol, and there are a wealth of train and bus stations surrounding the village that can be used to get there.

Film stills on a board, placed where the Mirror of Erised stood.

Unlike many film locations, Lacock allows you to explore and get a feel for the place, and at this time of year, there are relatively few visitors. We arrived in the early afternoon, and it was almost possible to imagine actually being in Hogwarts. I kept imagining the characters suddenly popping around the corners to surprise us.

Smoky rooms and ghostly light

The cloisters and mirror room were real highlights for us today, but we also loved exploring the Abbey interior and admiring the architecture of the buildings. Another high point was the twisting, Gothic chimneys that decorate the buildings. I could easily image Quidditch players zipping in between them!

Unusual Gothic chimneys above the Abbey walls.
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Why? Beloved film location of Harry Potter fame
When: Consult website for 2020 openings
Phone: 0344 800 1895
Where: Lacock Village in Wiltshire
Cost: Free entry to National Trust members. Reasonable entry cost for non-members.
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