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Day Trip by Rail to Edinburgh from London

1. Day Trip by Rail to Edinburgh from London

Welcome and Departure Be present at King’s Cross Station at 6:30 AM to exchange your voucher for your train tickets for your outbound and inbound rail journeys. Your train will depart at 7:00 AM and arrive in to Edinburgh at 11:22 AM. Please print all tickets for both your return rail journey and attractions. Edinburgh – Open-Top Bus Tour Delve into the Scottish capital’s rich history with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that takes in all the major sights: the Royal Mile, Greyfriars Bobby, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and atmospheric Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle  Enjoy free admission to Edinburgh Castle, where you can marvel at the sparkling Scottish Crown Jewels and photograph breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s famous skyline. Return Journey  After a thrilling day spent discovering Edinburgh, your train departs at 5:31 PM, arriving back in London at 10:18 PM. Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time. First Class - optional - includes refreshments served at your seat.

From London: Edinburgh Overnight Tour by Train

2. From London: Edinburgh Overnight Tour by Train

Journey north to Edinburgh by train on a tour from London. Explore the city at your leisure, visit Edinburg Castle, and enjoy a hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour. Sleep overnight in a 3-star hotel to get the most of your time and stay in Edinburgh. Begin your first day with a 6:30 AM check-in to prepare for an early morning train to Edinburgh. The local partner's representative will meet you at the ticket office and escort you to your reserved seat on the train. The journey to the Scottish capital takes around 4.5 hours. Explore the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle. Admission to the Castle is included in the tour. On your tour of Edinburgh Castle, see the spectacular Scottish Crown Jewels and also take in the sweeping views of the capital’s skyline. Delve into the Scottish capital’s rich history with a hop–on hop–off bus tour and take in all the major sights like the Royal Mile, Greyfriars Bobby, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Edinburgh Castle. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours, allowing you to use it the following day. Overnight accommodation in Edinburgh is also included in the tour. Spend an evening wining and dining your way around this vibrant, cosmopolitan city and spend the night in comfort in your 3-star hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, have the rest of the morning and all of the afternoon to explore the atmospheric streets of Edinburgh and maybe wander Princes Street to see what the many shops have to offer. Return to London by train and be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your train's departure from Edinburgh at 5:31 PM. Arrive in London at 10:09 PM.

From London: Day Trip to Harry Potter Studios and Oxford

3. From London: Day Trip to Harry Potter Studios and Oxford

Depart London and journey towards Warner Bros. Studio to take "The Making of Harry Potter" tour. Located in former aircraft hangars in the residential district of Leavesden, the unique attraction recreates the magic of Harry Potter and all your favorite characters. Board the original "Hogwarts Express" train at a recreation of Platform 9¾, and explore the inside of the train carriage featured in the films. Take a selfie with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the station's brick wall. The studio staff will reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets and unveil the intricate prosthetics and make-up that transformed actors into creatures in the blockbuster films. See sets from the original movies, and get a peek inside the college of Hogwarts during the 4-hour studio tour. Journey through attractions such as The Great Hall, Gryffindor Common, Hagrid's Hut, the Weasleys' kitchen, and the Ministry of Magic. Take a tour of the backlot and a special effects tour, see a model of Hogwarts Castle, and much more. Depart the Studios and journey to Oxford to explore the real college buildings, including the medieval Divinity School. Upon arrival in the university city founded in 1167, take a guided tour of the historical center and admire some of the most famous college buildings, cloisters, and quadrangles. Delve down alleyways and into chapels, look inside dining halls and across cobblestone squares under the shadows of the legendary "dreaming spires." Enter the hallowed heartland of academia, including the Bodleian Library, Radcliff Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, and other select colleges.

London: Guided Harry Potter Movie Locations Sightseeing Tour

4. London: Guided Harry Potter Movie Locations Sightseeing Tour

Uncover film locations and inspirations from all 8 films in the Harry Potter series on this London bus tour. Be spellbound as you see sights like King's Cross Station, which was used to film Platform 9 ¾, 12 Grimmauld Place, and the sites used for the Leaky Cauldron. Hop aboard the bus at a centrally-located meeting point in London. Step into a world of wonder as you make your way past Harry Potter-related locations scattered across the capital. Get to se other familiar landmarks along the way, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. Learn about magic and how the films were made. See how good your Harry Potter knowledge is as you tour. Along the way, you will have the chance to get off the bus on several occasions, stretch your legs, take pictures and see the locations up close.

Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

5. Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

Edinburgh The train from London's King Cross Station arrives at the Royal City of Edinburgh at around 11.30am. Right by the station you board the open-top sightseeing bus where you'll get a bird's-eye view of this majestic city! The hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like. You will see the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the gloriously intricate Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyrood House and the brand new Scottish Parliament building. You might want to wander through the cobbled city centre streets or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbreads that have made Scotland famous! Your tour includes tickets to Edinburgh Castle. The train back to London leaves Edinburgh in the late afternoon returning to London's King's Cross at around 10:30pm.

Harry Potter film locations Tour in London

6. Harry Potter film locations Tour in London

Put your cloaks, glasses, and hats on grab your wands, and off we go. Sit back and relax in your iconic London taxi cab and set off down the streets of London in search of Harry Potter facts and locations. The 3-hour private tour is a treasure chest of top Potter sights, with Harry quizzes to keep you on your toes. See Gringot’s Bank, and walk over the Knight Bus bridge. Stroll to the Leaky Cauldron from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” and stand at the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Take souvenir photos of the Third Hand Book Emporium. See the bridge destroyed by Death Eaters in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and trace the broomstick flight down the Thames that Harry took in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Your guide will present photos of the props used at King’s Cross Station for the Ministry of Magic and Platform 9 ¾, and add in some special surprises worthy of a wizard.

London: Harry Potter Private Family & Kids Walking Tour

7. London: Harry Potter Private Family & Kids Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station in London where students from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry board the Hogwarts Express on 1 September. As you begin this 2-hour private family and kids walking tour, learn about the books and movies from your guide. The guide will also keep the kids engaged with many quizzes about Harry Potter and his world. Explore London in a fun way and discover more about the films that took the Muggle word by storm. See iconic London landmarks including Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Ministry of Magic, the London Eye and many others.

London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

8. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Start at the Monument to the Great Fire of London, discover how a baby dragon destroyed 80% of London, how magic was used to put out the fire, and how an innocent muggle was accused of starting the fire. After this, marvel at the stunning Victorian Leadenhall Market, a famous filming location thanks to its beautiful neo-gothic architecture, stunning color scheme, and cobblestone streets, and hear how dragons have a special place in the heart of modern-day London. Next, cross London Bridge and take in the sights, such as the Shard, The Tower of London, and HMS Belfast. Whilst on the bridge, hear how a daring driver crossed Tower Bridge in a double-decker bus as it was opening, with the bus full of passengers. Stroll along the river Thames visiting some of Bankside's most famous muggle and magical attractions, including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, where some of the most powerful words in the English language have been performed on stage. Walk across Millennium Bridge and take a moment to close your eyes and feel the bridge swaying in the breeze. Once across the bridge, learn why it sways, and why death eaters attacked the bridge in the opening moments of The Half-Blood Prince. Carry on to St Paul's Cathedral and listen to how this site of religious worship goes back to the Romans, how the medieval church was once used as a stable, and how it survived the bombings of the London Blitz. Find out which famous wizards stood on the roof of this iconic building. From here, take either a bus or the train, with your guide, and journey from the City of London to the neighboring City of Westminster. Once in the City of Westminster, visit some of the magical places which inspired the writer J. K. Rowling to create the magical world of Harry Potter. Along the way, see Trafalgar Square and identify some of the fantastic beasts which live here, and how and why the square was used for the Harry Potter film premieres. Finally, explore some of the City of Westminster's most memorable filming locations from the Harry Potter film series before taking the underground train to visit Kings Cross, home of Platform 9 and 3/4.

Full-Day Tour of York by Rail From London

9. Full-Day Tour of York by Rail From London

Take a day trip to York from London to learn more about this historic city's past and present. Arrive at King’s Cross station at 7:30 AM for your 8:00 AM departure, and meet a tour representative by the ticket office. They will check you in, give you a welcome pack, and escort you to your reserved seats for your arrival into York at 9:51 AM. Once you've arrived, embark on a hop-on hop-off bus tour through the city. Marvel at York Minster's stained-glass windows, stroll along the cobbled Shambles, and learn about the city's rich heritage on this picturesque open-top tour of York. Then, discover York. Take your time to explore this picturesque city, then prepare for your return trip to London. A representative will meet you by the ticket office and escort you to your reserved seats. The train departs at 7:31 PM and arrives back in London at 9:39 PM.

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What people are saying about King's Cross Station

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 14,104 reviews

Very nice tour, our guide was very helpful and sharing with us a lot of information. We were at studios allmost as the first group at the entrance so no big waiting lines. Children were just thrilled seeing all the scenes from a movie. Afterwards in Oxford also a places to bee seen and receiving a lot of useful information. We also saw typical english wedding and Oxfotd graduates ( been there on a date of graduation - was a bit crowded).

Les studios sont superbes un incontournable pour les fans d Harry Potter! Oxford est une très jolie ville la visite guidée est sympa mais un peu dommage de ne pas faire plus de lieux de tournage nous ne sommes rentrés que dans « l infirmerie/salle de bal » et nous n avons rien visité d autre

Fantastic ride. It took us inside the production and behind the scenes of the film. I highly recommend it despite the high price.

The very attentive guide. The distribution of the day was great and the bus very comfortable.

Great insights, immaculate driving, very pleasant!