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Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

1. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a Harry Potter-themed walking tour across Edinburgh. See the city where JK Rowling found inspiration for Hogwarts, her famous characters, and discover the place where she wrote the books. Have your Harry Potter trivia tested with an audio-visual quiz, and earn points for your house. Find out which Hogwarts House you’re in, and whether you’re a pure-blood, a muggle, or a squib. Visit the Grave of Tom Riddle in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and pass JK Rowling’s golden handprints outside City Chambers. See all this and more on a magical guided tour.

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

2. 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

London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

3. London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

Hit the streets of East End London on a Jack the Ripper mystery walking tour. Head back to 1888 with your expert Ripperologist guide as you try to solve the still-unsolved murders on this immersive experience. Assess photographic evidence and hear true stories about the investigation to suss out the suspects. 'Investigate’ the alleged perpetrators and hear about the theories as to who committed some of the most shocking crimes in Britain's history. Learn more about the victims and everyday life in Whitechapel which was an impoverished neighborhood at the time. Your guide will even share gems about Victorian London, including the cultural context for enduring figures such as Sherlock Holmes.  Was Jack the Ripper ever close to being caught? Why did he choose Whitechapel? Where was any evidence discovered? Find all this out and more with your Ripperologist guide. Stops include:  • Brick Lane  • Christ Church  • Spitalfields Market • Mitre Square • Petticoat Lane • Ten Bells Pub

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

4. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Join a local guide as you are served a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with a private or shared group tour Changing of the Guards experience. There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye. With your guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, and understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats. Hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and get a handle on the significance of every color, button, mascot, symbol, and movement in this most British of traditions. From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey toward Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums. Get as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

5. Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

Explore Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Admire the architectural highlights of the many colleges. Next on this 10-hour tour is a visit to Bampton, the setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, homes transformed into the post office and various pubs. Head to Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent main hall, the library, sitting rooms and other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Take home a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book as a souvenir of your visit.

London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

6. London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

Explore several top highlights around London on this bus day trip from London. Experience the elegance of Windsor Castle, unlock the mysteries of Stonehenge, and admire the Georgian architecture in the city of Bath. Visit a well-preserved Roman Bathhouse. Windsor Castle Fans of the Royal family will be in their element. Steeped in history, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through-the-keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Enjoy the spectacular State Apartments at your leisure and marvel at its lavishly furnished surroundings. Used for State occasions to this day, be a part of where these regal traditions take place whilst admiring world-renowned artworks. Visit St. George’s chapel, where the tombs of numerous kings and queens reside, notably Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and be amazed by the magnitude and intricate design of the world’s most famous Dolls’ House. Mysterious Stonehenge Wander around the world heritage site and be captivated by the unique rock formation. Situated on Salisbury Plain, 40-ton rocks stand alone since their arrival 5,000 years ago. An abundance of theories surround Stonehenge; from a religious temple to an astronomical clock and even a Bronze Age burial ground. Decide for yourself whilst discovering the history of this mysterious monument. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, Bath was the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the gorgeous 15th-century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, and the romantic Pulteney Bridge. Roman Baths Famed for its Roman Baths, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Miraculously hidden from view until the 1870s, delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architectural splendor.  Arrival time back in London is at approximately 07:45 PM.

Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

7. Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

Meet your guide at the entrance to Westminster Abbey at 09:15 AM, and then look inside the historic monument to stand in the footsteps of kings and queens. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in the abbey, as have many royal weddings, including that of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. Then, take a panoramic tour around the Houses of Parliament and pass the Elizabeth Tower where the famous Big Ben bell chimes every quarter hour. Learn about the role of MPs who sit in the House of Commons and the function of the House of Lords. Hear how, and why, the Elizabeth Tower and its great clock and iconic bell were built. For a more complete experience, select the option that includes the ticket to the Parliament and get an audio-guided tour inside the building.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace of Westminster (the official name of the Houses of Parliament) boasts an ostentatious façade with golden spires and statues of kings that reflect in the River Thames. Listen as your guide explains the history of the building, from the first medieval clock tower built in the old Palace of Westminster, to the design and construction of the present Elizabeth Tower.  

London: Tower of London Beefeater Welcome & Crown Jewels

8. London: Tower of London Beefeater Welcome & Crown Jewels

Experience the Crown Jewels, the famous ravens and incredible royal history on this tour of the Tower led by an expert English-speaking local guide. Beat the crowds with your early access ticket and witness as history comes alive at the Tower of London. Your guide for part of the tour will be a Yeoman Warder, better known as a Beefeater. Prepare to be awed as they share with stories about the site. Ask questions, and take a peek into what a day in the life of a Beefeater is like. Feel the thrill of seeing the world famous Crown Jewels, Ravens Den and White Tower. Learn about the notorious Tower Executions site, and take a walk on the historic battlements. Explore other attractions at your leisure after the tour, like the Towers Mint, Bloody Tower and Medieval Palace.

London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

9. London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

Experience London’s grand architecture and vibrant atmosphere which are impressive by day, and which truly come alive at night. Add a spark to your London trip and enjoy this city tour aboard an open-top bus. See the famous landmarks lit up against the night sky. Witness the Tower of London and Tower Bridge standing proud amongst the skyline and feel a thrill as you glide past the monumental Big Ben. Witnessthe fountains of Trafalgar Square dance with joy from the light that shines within them, and let the neon screens of Piccadilly Circus dazzle and thrill. As you pass Harrods, witness the exquisite lights which are evocative of Christmas, even in summer. Learn about the history of landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey from your guide and hear fascinating stories about the city. Embark on a fun and informative tour suitable for families and groups of friends.

Oxford: Christ Church Harry Potter Film Locations Tour

10. Oxford: Christ Church Harry Potter Film Locations Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour introducing the making of Harry Potter in Oxford and a 1-hour entry ticket and audio guided tour inside Christ Church College. See and hear about both Harry Potter and Lewis Carroll’s legendary characters, such as Alice and the Mad Hatter. Book in advance to beat the queues at Christ Church, Oxford's most popular tourist attraction. Admire views onto Christ Church Meadows on the borders of the rivers Cherwell and Isis. See longhorn cattle graze and the dreamy spires of Merton College and Corpus Christi. Access permitting, you will also see inside another Harry Potter film site, the Divinity School at the famous Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. On any dates when Christ Church may be closed, you can instead visit inside of New College instead, another great Hogwarts film site. On this tour, you will visit 2 of the 3 film sites (where and when access is permitted). While you may visit Divinity School, you will not visit inside the medieval library as it is not open to private guides.  On Saturday mornings, Christ Church Hall is rarely open but the tour runs anyway as the hall is not the actual film site. The film sites were the cloisters and staircase but the hall is one of three Oxford colleges which Warner Bros asked to film at and thus is an inspiration for the Great Hall.

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New York walking tours: Everything you need to know

Experience the city like a true New Yorker with a walking tour in New York City. Along with being a mecca for theater and the arts, it is home to many world-famous landmarks. Among them are must-sees like the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York City was given the nickname of “the city that never sleeps” because the fun never stops there. Late into the night, you can experience New York City at a nightclub or rooftop bar. If you’re lucky, you might even spot Beyoncé or Brad Pitt at celebrity hotspots like SoHo House New York or the Brooklyn Mirage.

You can find New York walking tours that are very economical, and some even free. With knowledgeable and humorous guides, walking tours give you deep insight into the city’s culture. Along the way your guide will allow for pit stops so that you can tour a building, grab a bite to eat or take a quick bathroom break.

Walking tours allow you to discover the architecture, waterfront, and bright lights of the city. In addition, you’ll get the chance to chat with the locals about the history and economic development of each borough.

What can you experience on a New York City Walking Tour?

You’ll get the chance to explore entire boroughs. Visit Harlem (home of the Apollo Theater and a great place for gospel music), Brooklyn (for NBA fans), and Manhattan Chinatown (an excellent neighborhood for foodies). Some New York City tours are also tailored to your interests, such as photography, shopping, culinary arts, and New York City architecture.

Neighborhood walking tours in New York

Indulge yourself in the Harlem Renaissance on a walking tour of the borough. Stop by theneighborhood’s soul food restaurants (like the popular Sylvia’s). You can also listen to good music that will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet. If you’re looking for another great place for a walking tour then don’t miss Brooklyn. Here you’ll find lots of fine food and many places to shop for chic clothes. If you’re an art buff, SoHo might be an ideal place for you to explore. The neighborhood houses numerous art collections, like the popular National Geographic Gallery.

See the Neon Lights: Experience the bright lights and feel the magic during a night walking tour on Broadway. Other evening walking tours include the New York Seaport/Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and Times Square.

Ghost tours in New York

Become acquainted with the ghosts of New York City on a walking tour through the village of Greenwich. You’ll stop by haunted buildings like the Stonewall Inn and Friend Building. If you don’t believe in ghosts already, you just might after this tour.

Photography tours in New York

New York City provides ample opportunities to get just the right photo. On this tour you’ll join a guide who is also an experienced photographer. They will know all the best places to get unobstructed shots of historic buildings or landmarks like the Empire State Building. You can also capture motion and movement shots of the hustle and bustle of New York at Grand Central Station.

Theater walking tours in New York

The Lion King, Hamilton, and the Phantom of the Opera have been some of the greatest productions on Broadway. Likewise, many famous movie stars, including Laurence Fishburne, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Julie Andrews, have performed there. As you take a walking tour of Broadway, you’ll feel the excitement when you look up at the lit marquee of each theater. On this tour you’ll see numerous theaters, such as the New Amsterdam Theater, American Airlines Theater, Music Box Theater, and the historic Hudson Theater. During some walking tours, you can even go inside the theaters to get behind the scenes of Broadway’s theater productions.

Special walking tours in New York

New York City is unique, so expect to find an array of unusual walking tours. You can, for example join the Hip Hop Tour, the Sopranos Sites Tour (inspired by the TV show) or the New York Street Art walking tour. There is even a holiday lights tour during the Christmas season.

Are there added extras with New York City walking tours?

Some New York City walking tours include added amenities like food tastings, free drinks (for the pub crawl), admission to an attraction, and complimentary gifts. If you choose a self-guided tour, you can often download an audio guide from the Google Play Store or iTunes.


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What people are saying about London

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14,011 reviews

The tour was great fun. It was also a great walk through London with lots of information for the family members who were not so enthusiastic about Harry Potter. We have discovered corners that we would not otherwise have come to. From us, two families, there is a clear recommendation for this tour :-)

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and provide an excellent way to see London. I also liked being able to follow everything with my smartphone.

I recommend a guided tour, professional guide who knows all the details. I recommend

Very interesting tour. Covered a lot of facts and details

Sara was so much fun to walk around and learn with!