As a muggle, I’ve always had to be on full alert when entering the vicinity of Diagon Alley. It’s hidden from muggles views by the King’s Cross Station. Do as I do and look for the Knight Bus. Stop by for a picture with Dre Head; you may even get to speak with Ernie, the driver.
Head over to Leicester Station and through the “Moving Brick Wall” and you are transported directly into Diagon Alley. Look over there, and see Ollivanders Wand Shop. This is one of the most popular shops in Diagon Alley, so plan to spend time here. You can also go through with a group and watch, and in some cases participate, in a wand selecting the wizard activity.
Across the way is the Weasley Wizard Wheezes shop. This is a must for any wanna be wizard. So many exciting and useful gadgets and gizmos to bring home for your own mischief.
Further down Diagon Alley is Gringotts Bank.If you enjoy Universal’s merging of cinema and roller coaster, then do not miss this one. Travel below Gringotts and visit the vaults along the rail way while trying not to get caught as well. It’s thrilling from start to finish. Keep an eye out for the dragon as well. He’s been trained with pain and bond to the bank, so he isn’t very happy.
In addition to shops and rides, Diagon Alley also boasts some dining options for you. Stop by the Leaky Cauldron for some traditional British Fare such as Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Cottage Pie and if you’re in the mood grab a frothy mug of Butterbeer! During the morning hours head over to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor for some breakfast pastries or such. In the afternoon visit for some delicious soft serve ice cream! If stopping isn’t in your plans, there is almost always a street vendor offering up their food as well.
We muggles are so fortunate to be able to visit Diagon Alley and get a glimpse into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, if even only for a brief time.
Written By Daniel Mullarkey: Daniel is an agent with Destinations In Florida travel agency and travels as often as possible. His goal is to always ensure that all of our planning leads to the most fantastic trip whether to Disney, Universal, on a cruise or further away. Reach out to him at anytime via email or Facebook.