A day trip to Gloucester
Fun fact, it took a day trip to Gloucester for me to learn how to properly pronounce Gloucester, its not “Glow-chester”, its “Gloster”. Anyway, James and I made sure to schedule a day trip to Gloucester solely to see the Gloucester Cathedral as it is a Harry Potter film site. I am a massive Potterhead so I obviously took a trip to visit the Cathedral and just like that James and I were off to live out our childhood dreams of going to Hogwarts – okay maybe my childhood dream.
Exploring the Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral itself is free however they do recommend donations to maintain and support the Cathedral. James and I spent about two hours wandering throughout the Cathedral, taking a copious amount of photos and of course re-enacting scenes from the movies. Yes we’re that lame.
On the very day that we were visiting, the Cathedral was hosting a wedding, and the bride looked beautiful. I did not want to get married in a Church but I might have to consider it after seeing a wedding in Hogwarts. Can you imagine how beautiful the photos will look?
Harry Potter Films
Gloucester Cathedral has been used for various films, however I was mainly concerned with Harry Potter. For three of the Harry Potter Films it lent itself as the halls of Hogwarts. Specifically The Sorcerers Stone, The Chamber of Secrets and the Half-Blood Prince.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- The entrance to the Gryffindor Common Room, and the Fat Lady’s Portrait, and the Gryffindor Common Room hallway were all filmed in the south section of the Cloisters at the Cathedral.
- The troll entering the girl’s bathroom on Halloween was filmed in the north section of the Cloisters at the Cathedral.
- The Lavatorium is used to film Ron and Harry hiding in the hallway as the troll enters the girl’s bathroom.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- The scene where the statement “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened” was painted in blood on the wall was filmed on the east wall of the Cloisters.
- The scene where Moaning Myrtle floods the toilets was captured on the east wall of the cloisters as well.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- The Lavatorium was used to film Harry eavesdropping on Snape and Draco discussing the unbreakable vow.
- The West Walk of the Cloisters was used to film Harry and Ron laughing at the first years, as McGonogall approaches them and sends them to enroll in Potions.
Check out this photo of James pretending to be Harry and Ron overlooking the first years!
Gloucester City Center
Following our exploration of the Cathedral James and I decided to explore the city center. Around Christmastime you can find many stalls and shops and a lovely Christmas Market. We made our way to the Gloucester Docks and strolled through the picturesque canals. While exploring we stumbled across “The Tailor of Gloucester”, which is the real-life version of the famous storybook. It seems Gloucester is just full of magic and childhood memories.
Gloucester was quite a small town, and we had seen everything in a matter of hours. We decided to to kill some time by sharing a meal together.
Immediately next to the train station is a Pub that had a lunch special, £10 for 2 mains. James ordered the fish and chips which came in quite a large portion, and I ordered the Rice and Vegetable Curry. The pub was perfect as it wasn’t too crowded and we were able to leisurely eat and kill some time while waiting for our train back to Exeter.
Total Cost: £72
- Food: £10
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