England: Harry PotterAlnwick Castle: The Art of Flying a Broomstick
Alnwick Castle is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland and has been owned by the Percy family since 1309. The castle's other claim to fame is due to its appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
Other movies and TV shows filmed on the property include the 2015 Downton Abbey Christmas Special, Elizabeth (2008) and Kevin Costner's Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (1992).
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Alnwick Castle's Outer Bailey - the outer enclosure of the castle - is the location for Madame Hooch’s broomstick flying lesson in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. If you time your visit right, you can participate in a free broomstick training session held by the castle's resident professors. You will be taught how to master the proper techniques of mounting and dismounting, cornering and manoeuvring, and accelerating and decelerating at the very spot where Harry, Ron and Hermione learned to fly.
The daily film location tour is a great way to learn about the scenes filmed at the castle. It starts at the Lion Arch, which in the film leads to Hagrid's house and the Forbidden Forest. The next stop is the Inner Bailey, the crash landing site of the Weasley's flying Ford Anglia, followed by the Inner Courtyard, that stood in as part of the early Hogwarts courtyard. The tour ends at the Outer Bailey, the location of the broomstick flying lesson. Guides also throw in a little bit of the real history of Alnwick Castle, which makes this tour a memorable experience for everyone.
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