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Everything You Need to Know About London's Harry Potter River Cruise

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Updated: 1 February 2018

Potter fans, brace yourselves: there’s a Harry Potter River cruise hitting the city in the summer, all thanks to Barge Lady Cruises. The Harry Potter Magic River cruise will be launching in London on the River Thames in August and will take fans on a six-day tour, visiting the different spots that inspired JK Rowling’s best-selling books and the world-famous films.

If you’re potty about all things Potter this really is the event of the year, so book it in your diary now. The brilliant experience includes Hogwarts-inspired meals for you to feast on, plus a stop-off at Warner Bros. Studio Tour to soak up all the behind-the scenes action from the movies with real-life props, costumes and sets from the films.

The jam-packed itinerary for the cruise also includes a trip to Windsor, the home of Virginia Water, which is the lake where Harry first meets Buckbeak in third installment of the franchise, Prisoner of Azkaban.

To make things even more magical, the tour includes a visit to Oxford‘s prestigious Christ Church College, (aka, the inspiration behind Hogwarts) particularly the majestic Great Hall, which was used as the setting for the school throughout the films.

The barge also stops off at the iconic Dursley’s residence, 4 Privet Drive, which in real life is filmed at Picket Post Close.  

If you’re keen to get involved with this magical experience, the tour dates are 5th–11th August, and the 19th–25th August, and the boat in question is the Barge Lady Cruises’ Magna Carta, a luxury ship that holds a maximum of eight people, alongside four crew members. All rooms include an en suite bathroom, queen- and king-sized beds, underfloor heating and a flat screen television.

Unfortunately, the cruise may set you back a little with tickets costing over £3,000 per person (if you’re planning on hiring out the whole boat for your own private party). Or if you’re interested in single tickets, prices are around £1,150 and double rooms at approximately £3,752.

While eager Harry Potter fanatics may argue the price is worth it, this comprehensive tour is expected to book up quick, so make sure you get in there early.