2. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, UK
If this castle looks familiar to you, it’s because… IT’S HOGWARTS! Alnwick Castle was featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter movies, so Harry Potter fans should put this on their Eurotrip agendas! On the castle grounds, you’ll be able to visit the site where the famous broomstick training sessions took place.
If you are not a Harry Potter fan, you will be pleased to know that the castle also served as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey’s 2015 Christmas special. It was here that the Crawley family ushered in the New Year.
How to get here: Not through platform 9 3/4, sadly. Fly to London on British Airways’ special return fares starting from MYR2,974*. Take a train from London to Newcastle and take the X15 or X18 buses from Haymarket bus station. Just remember to head to the Knight’s Quest to pick up a free time-slot ticket on arrival as tickets tend to run out very early in the day particularly during the summer.