Britain is a land of magic, myths, legends and, well, Harry Potter – explore our interactive map to find out more about some of the country’s most intriguing places and famous tales…
Magical things to do in Scotland
The Old Man of Storr
This incongruous pinnacle of rock jabs out of the atmospheric landscape of the Isle of Skye high into the clouds, making hikers look like tiny creatures as they pass by the feet of this huge and mysterious rock pinnacle.
Home of the infamous Loch Ness monster, the search for Nessie goes on. Mysterious sightings and unusual movements in the waters of this beautiful loch are still recorded to this day.
A certain boy wizard was conjured up by JK Rowling in a small cafe in in the historic lanes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Maybe gazing up at the city’s magnificent rock-perched castle gave her inspiration.
Magical things to do in England
Not only is this one of England’s largest castles that a family still lives in, but has doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, and ever since provides Broomstick Training for real-life aspiring wizards.
Once the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire, it is not just a wall – turrets and forts thousands of years old can be found along its 73 miles (117km) and Camboglanna fort is supposedly where King Arthur’s final battle took place.
The ancient, higgledy-piggledy Shambles in York must be one of the world’s most enchanting streets. With medieval buildings overhanging the cobbled lane, you can’t help feeling like you’re walking back in time. In fact, the city is known as Europe's most haunted, with roaming spooks such as Mad Alice and the Grey Lady.
The fabled hiding place of Robin Hood and his Merry Men is a magnificent forest full of ancient, gnarled trees. Hunt out the enormous Major Oak tree that is thought to be up to 1,000 years old.
This Suffolk village’s wonky ancient houses made the perfect film set for Harry Potter’s birthplace Godric's Hollow in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
One of Britain’s most famous mystery sights, located in Wiltshire, who knows how or why these massive stones are here in their spectacular circle formation.
Smugglers once menaced the small town of Rye's cobbled lanes and creaking timber-framed inns in southeast England. The Landgate, the only surviving one of 4 original fortified entrances to the town, dates from 1329 and the reign of King Edward III; to this day it is the only vehicular route into the medieval centre of Rye.
The wind whips around this crumbling clifftop castle in its remote and rocky position on Cornwall's coast, and is known as the birthplace of King Arthur. Below in the cliffs you can find Merlin's Cave, too!
Magical things to do in Wales
Legend has it King Arthur sailed across this remote mountain lake below Mount Snowdon to the mythical Isle of Avalon, and his famous sword Excalibur was later thrown into the lake.
Local myths of south Wales say the devil preached to the monks of Tintern from the rocky outcrop known as Devil's Pulpit above the now ruined but no less glorious abbey. The ghost of chain-mailed knight Strongbow has also been sighted.