While London had its own kind of mysticism through historical flair, there was no way that I would miss out on the chance to gaze upon the most mystic site in England: Stonehenge. After a very early morning (the price you pay for a private viewing), we arrived at Stonehenge before it was open to the public.
While we paid an arm and a leg for the privilege to view the stones before official opening time, we also paid for the privilege to walk amongst the stones. It might have only been for 40 minutes total but seeing them up close while listening to the countless theories surrounding their existence gave them an even more mystical power.
After visiting Stonehenge, we had breakfast in a 14th Century pub in Lacock (pronounced Lay-cock). It’s ok, you can giggle at the name as I thought it was pronounced differently at first. We got to see Lacock Abbey where some scenes from Harry Potter were filmed inside. Our stop was quick though as we were off to Bath to check out the famous Roman Baths. It was such a weird experience walking inside an old site right in the middle of a town that is slowly modernising around it.
After ditching the audio guides about halfway through, we were able to more fully appreciate these baths and what occurred there so many moons ago. While our free time in Bath was brief, it is definitely a place I would like to visit again to see what other hidden gems lie in wait.
The mystical did not stop there however. The next day we fulfilled all of our nerd dreams and went to the Harry Potter Studios Tour an hour outside of central London. To say that I was excited was an understatement. Arriving in style on a bus decorated on the outside and playing the first film inside, we were overwhelmed and also slightly concerned about how much money we were going to spend in the gift shops (plural).
For anyone who is a fan of the franchise or likes film in general will enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at how these movies were made. I won’t spoil the beginning of the tour for those who haven’t been but it was a total fangirl moment that is for sure. The following couple of hours spent there were dare I say magical, from seeing the Hogwarts Express, venturing through the Forbidden Forest, and then ending on a huge scale model of the Hogwarts Castle was pretty damn cool. And for those interested, the wallet was significantly lighter when we left.
See way too many photos of our mystical journey below.
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