J.K.Rowling has installed a love of Harry Potter which spans generations and will no doubt continue to do so. With the UK being the backdrop for many of the book and movie scenes, it is of no surprise that there are an array of wizarding themed or Harry Potter themed places to stay in the UK and Ireland, (and worldwide themed Harry Potter hotels and accommodation too!)
Whilst none are official places for ‘The Boy Who Lived’ and his friends (hurry up Universal Studios), the nod to the books is clear with wonderful magical wizarding theming. For Harry Potter fans, these Harry Potter themed hotels and accommodation are a must to add to your list! (If you are visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, this other guide to the closest places to stay (not themed) may be useful too!)
Harry Potter Themed Hotels in England
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This magical hotel has nailed the perfect Harry Potter holiday experience for fans of the books and films. This small, boutique family friendly hotel in London has five wizard themed rooms which embrace the wizarding experience. It’s the perfect base to explore all the Harry Potter attractions in London.
Three are suitable for families, called the Wizarding Rooms. Pass through a portrait-lined passageway that is bathed in candlelight that casts dancing shadows across the walls.
The hidden room behind the bookcase leads to the Enchanted Chambers which sleeps two! Four poster are hung with plush crimson velvet curtains, stone walls, nooks and crannies with cauldrons set the atmosphere. See Booking.com rates here.
The Georgian House also has a range of Wizarding experiences throughout the year, including a fabulous magical wizarding afternoon tea and cocktail potion making.
2. Gryffindor Dorm Room Cottage – North Shire, Liverton, North Yorkshire
The Grffindor Dorm Room Cottage comes with 6 single sized four poster beds, a grand fire place, stained glass and flickering candles all surrounding a cosy living space with it’s own fully equipped kitchen for self catering. You can just imagine Harry, Ron & Hermione in this Harry Potter dorm room!
3. Grounds Keepers Cottage– North Shire, Liverton, North Yorkshire
The Ground Keepers Cottage sleeps 6 and is on the same property as the Gryffindor Dorm Room Cottage above. This charming themed cottage houses a plush emerald tiled bathroom with copper bath, a fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms (one with a double bed and a bunk bed) and lots of artefacts and lanterns. Outside is the Weasley’s car!
4. De Vere House (Godric’s Hollow), Lavenham
A beautiful historical grade 1 listed place and used in the Harry Potter films, (Godric’s Hollow where Harry’s parents James and Lily lived) however children (under 18’s) are not allowed to stay. It is listed on Airbnb as separate rooms so you would need separate bookings if you wish to book the two four poster bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms. Guests have a private guest sitting room with log fire and courtyard garden. The village of Lavenham is steeped in medieval history which help with the magical atmosphere!
Whilst this wizarding world-themed apartment comes with 1 bedroom with one large double bed making it not ideal for families it is beautifully themed with an unconventional four poster bed, realistic open fire, real wood flooring and furnished with an eclectic collection of magical artefacts from the wizarding world. See availability on Booking.com. For more Harry Potter York attractions read here.
6. Harry’s House, Watford (near Warner Bros Studio)
This apartment features 2 themed bedrooms and wizarding touches throughout the house. The house comes with a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Watford is close to the Warner Bros Studio – Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Studios. For availability on Booking.com see here.
7. Harry Potter Airbnb – York
This one bedroomed airbnb room is filled with magical touches and theming. The room has its own entrance, one double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower and mini-kitchen. The property is located 15 minutes walking distance from the University and few minutes walk from the bus station that connects with the city centre, train station and shopping centres.
Don’t forget to visit the Shambles and all the wizarding attractions in York!
There is a private entrance through the garden that gives you access to the ‘Mansion’. If you like long walks, in only 25 minutes you will be in the city centre.
Harry Potter Themed Hotels in Scotland
This is the exact room where J.K. Rowling finished writing the Deathly Hallows. The luxury room sleeps 2 adults in a comfortable king-sized bed that can be twinned plus 2 extra beds for children are available upon request. The rooms offers views of Calton Hill and luxury decor evoking the Scottish countryside. The room is also home to the the marble bust of Hermes that J.K. Rowling signed after finishing the book but expect other little nods to the wizarding series. Availability on Booking.com.
A great centrally based one bedroom flat with sofa bed in the living area can sleep a family of four. The panelled effect walls, books and magical artefacts help give this accommodation the wizarding vibe: There’s even a secret cupboard to find. Availability on Booking.com
The Wizarding Residence is a one bedroomed Harry Potter inspired apartment. It’s central location (and allegedly inspiration for Diagon Alley) means that Edinburgh’s famous castle, Royal Mile, Grassmarket and much more are all a short walk away. The accommodation is filled with quirky items and decorations from J K Rowling’s Wizarding world. The downside it is a one bedroomed place with a double bed so not ideal for families. Check availability on booking.com.
11. The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh
Sadly, each of the nine opulent Witchery Suites occupy just 2 guests in double beds and are not suitable for children but perhaps for an adult getaway? With rich furnishings, velvet walls, gothic and antique touches it is certainly a unique place to stay and reminiscent of what a Harry Potter suite may look like for Bellatrix Lestrange. Check availability on Booking.com
Wizarding Themed Accommodation in Ireland
Spell Cast has a cupboard under the stairs, a beautiful 100 year old fireplace. Go up the steep staircase which leads to a dormitory containing 4 built-in single beds. A highlight for kids is the mystery area: A Secret door. Including glow in the dark wallpaper. Dress up corner. Seating area.
13. Draiocht (Magic) House, County Roscommon, Ireland
This large 4 bedroomed house in County Roscommon has each Harry potter themed room themed with Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Slytherin or Ravenclaw Hogwarts house team colours. The back garden even has a treehouse for kids!
Let us know if you have booked any of these magical wizarding Harry Potter themed stays in the UK.
Family Travel Planning Resources We Use
Flights: We always use Skyscanner as it is user friendly, allows you to check deals for everywhere if not sure where to go, and seems to find the cheapest flight deals in most cases.
Tours and Activities: GetYourGuide has a wide range of family friendly activities around the world.
Accommodation: Booking.com is who we use when researching for places to stay ( we like their flexible cancellation policies. We do also check directly with larger hotels brands too.
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