One of the highlights of my trip to the British Isles was my stop at Warner Bros. Studios where I did the studio tour and walked through two soundstages full of Harry Potter sets and props. As a Harry Potter fan, I enjoyed seeing the Great Hall and Diagon Alley. I also saw how they filmed the flying broom scenes, but I won’t give away any of the magic, and tried Butterbeer, which surprisingly is gluten-free. If you like a lot of sugar, then you’ll love Butterbeer. For me, it was cool to try, but not something I’d drink again.
The Harry Potter Tour was my last day in London. I took the British Rail to Chester the following day. Like Bath, Chester is a wonderful walking city. I only spent one day in Chester and it just happened to be on the day that they were having horse races, which, of course, I had to see.
Chester also is full of history. St. John the Baptist, which was Chester’s first cathedral, was destroyed by Henry VIII during the Reformation. Parts of it were later rebuilt by Queen Elizabeth I. Additionally, Chester has the oldest Roman Amphitheater in Great Britain and the city walls built by the Romans still remain. I saw a lot of the city just by walking the walls.
If you’ve done the Harry Potter Studio tour, what was your favorite part? If you haven’t done it, what would you like to see?
Next week, I head to Dublin.