Harry Potter fans have a new reason to visit England. In anticipation of the Harry Potter exhibit's opening at the Discovery Museum in New York City April 5, walking tour company English Lakeland Ramblers has added J.K. Rowling's hero to its hiking and walking tours through England, Scotland and Wales. Visiting many of Harry Potter's locations, Harry Potter Highlights joins the company's self-guided tours and group trips featuring authors including Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter and William Shakespeare.
Various tours are offered for the Harry Potter Highlights tours, which now feature locations where the movies have been shot. Clients can walk through the Scottish Highlights, the site of many outdoors scenes, before visiting Wales’ Pembrokeshire Coast and Oxford, where Hogwarts scenes were filmed on tours like Scotland’s Highlands and Islands and Welsh Frontiers.
The four-day Jane Austen's World will take clients through the Hampshire countryside that inspired the author Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The pinnacle of this walk is the visit to Chawton; the 17th century house was once Austen's ancestral home where she spent the last eight years of her life and wrote some of her most popular world, now a museum, featuring information about her work.
England's Lake District features poet William Wordsworth and children's author Beatrix Potter. Spanning seven or eight days, from $2,850 per person, the tour explores the area, including Wordsworth’s home and museum and Potter’s Hilltop Farm.
The Shakespeare Way is a self-guided walking tour that follows what could have been the Bard's route departing his birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, for London in the 16th century. Heading through Woodstock (the burial place of Sir Winston Churchill), Oxford and Kew, this tour arrives at none other than Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.
For more information, visit www.ramblers.com or call 1-800-724-8801.