Walk in Harry Potter's footsteps

Family visitors in the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Harry Potter fans love Lacock Abbey, in Wiltshire, which stood in as Hogwarts for two of the films. Challenge your friends to a wizard duel, play hide and seek in the grounds and pick up a family trail to explore the area.

Lavenham, in Suffolk, has also featured in the films. Avid fans will recognise it from scenes in Godric’s Hollow. Freshwater West, six miles west of Stackpole in Pembrokeshire, was the filming location for the beach scenes with Dobby and home to Shell Cottage.

Watch out for the Whomping Willow on Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, which takes the form of a gnarled and knotted 400 year old beech tree. Visit Malfoy Manor, also known as Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Hardwick was used to film the exterior scenes of the Malfoy's home in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.