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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

1. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose to either take the London Underground or a short boat trip down the Thames. Both options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. Borough Market 3. The Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. The Clink Prison Museum 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

Booze, Brothels & the Bard: London's Bawdy Borough

2. Booze, Brothels & the Bard: London's Bawdy Borough

Embark on a guided walking tour and discover a millennium of history in London's Southwark district. Uncover William Shakespeare's and Charles Dickens's connection to the area, learn about medieval 'Winchester Geese' prostitutes, and if you're lucky meet Doorkins Magnificat. Explore the areas of Borough and Bankside in Southwark with your guide. This area that was once outside the jurisdiction of the City of London was the site of seedy goings-on for centuries. Discover how this notorious area also has ties with two famous English writers, Shakespeare and Dickens. Walk along the historic winding streets and learn how the arrival of the Romans helped establish prostitution in the area that would carry on for centuries. Visit Southwark's two most notorious prisons that held men and women since the medieval period. Stop at the Borough Market, the oldest and largest food market that has been serving the people of London since the 12th century. Continue your tour to the ruins of Winchester Palace and discover what remains of the medieval site. Finish up at the rebuilt Shakespeare's Globe Theater.

London: Witches and History Southwark Walking Tour

3. London: Witches and History Southwark Walking Tour

Discover the wicked history of London. Explore famous sights and hidden gems with your bewitching guide on this alternative walking tour! Are you ready to learn historical facts? Are you ready to be thoroughly entertained? Join this spellbinding experience that takes you from London Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your costumed witch-guide will enchant you on this journey into the past. Lend your ears to tales of the unexpected, stories of London’s real-life witches & the great injustices that befell them. Scuttle across the cobbles as you uncover the truth about Joan Peterson, "The Witch of Wapping”, innocent or guilty? you decide. What of Jinny Bingham, did she deserve the nickname “Mother Damnable”...? and who was the real “Last Witch”? You will emerge from the murky shadows of London Bridge and skirt the edges of Borough Market. Follow closely on the heels of your witch guide as you twist and turn your way past an ancient ship, and a ruined Palace. Hurry along the infamous and dreaded Clink Street. Marvel at the breathtaking, iconic landmarks across the river Thames and pass by a dramatic Elizabethan playhouse. Stick close to your coven as you traverse the Thames towards the imposing St. Paul’s Cathedral on this journey packed with entertainment and history. In a tour that brings together history, magic, and a sense that we can learn from the past, you are sure to fall in love with this historic part of the city, its hidden gems and its fascinating (sometimes chilling) history! You may even visit some famous filming locations from Harry Potter along the way!

London Southwark: Pirates of the Thames Exploration Game

4. London Southwark: Pirates of the Thames Exploration Game

Discover the hidden secrets behind some of London's most iconic locations in Southwark, all the while unraveling the tale of Etta Redlocks, a fearless pirate queen! As you solve challenges, the story unfolds, and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Begin your game at Shakespeare's Globe and begin solving challenges that will direct you to various locations in Southwark. You can play at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from where you paused it. Your game will finish at the famous Tower Bridge. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. As you play, explore London Southwark in a fun and exciting way.

London: Shakespeare's City Exploration Game

5. London: Shakespeare's City Exploration Game

Solve puzzles and ponder over clues as you explore London's connection to William Shakespeare. Learn fascinating facts about the city and the famous writer as you work through the game's story. Go to the London Bridge underground station to start your adventure. Admire London Bridge while you're there. Find out the next location as you solve each clue. Use the app's built-in navigation feature to get around. See the famous Old Globe Theater and The Rose. Visit a notorious spot once known for bear-baiting and bullfights. Explore at your own pace with the ability to pause the game and resume at any time. Finish your tour at Saint Mary Aldermanbury Garden.

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What people are saying about Winchester Palace

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9,823 reviews

Initially I was worried that the tour was going to be too childish but Tom struck a great balance between catering to the little kids and the adults on our tour. I learned quite a bit and frankly really enjoyed the trivia along the way.

The tour was a great day out for Harry Potter fans and non-Harry Potter fans alike, as we got to see sites from the movies as well as sites of London in general. Tom was a wonderful, enthusiastic guide who clearly knows his stuff.

Jack was amazing! Super funny and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour if your are a Harry Potter fan and want to explore London (also recommend the boat trip!).

This tour was great! Louis was an awesome guide and the stops for trivia questions added great fun to it! Highly recommend for anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously

Our guide was AWESOME! Hagrid gives the best tour-humorous and personable and took time to speak with everyone in the group personally. Such a nice guy/guide!