The question of whether York’s famous medieval street, the Shambles, inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley or not is more complicated than the rules of Quidditch, but there’s no doubt that it’s magical.
And one of the most magical spots on this magical street is The Potions Cauldron, a wizard-themed emporium selling concoctions of every colour and flavour. It’s not just a shop though: tucked away at the back is a room where you can enjoy a pre-booked Potion Experience. It didn’t take much persuasion to convince our three little wizards to head along to The Potions Cauldron to try it for ourselves.
It’s hard to say what they enjoyed most about the twenty-minute wizard-led experience: the shop’s intriguing history, the connection to everyone’s favourite wizard, the magical atmosphere of the place or the fantastical potions themselves (some of them even pop!). What we can say is that this is one of those rare activities that all of our children enjoyed equally (not easy, with three different ages to cater for).
They all came out buzzing and happy, and not just because of the slushies/butterbeer/popping candy! It’s a unique York experience that kids will love (and adults too – there are alcoholic options for some of the potions!). The fact that this is a family-run, independent business is a bonus, too. If you fancy grabbing your broomsticks and heading along, do pre-book your slot first. It’s a magical experience for the family and good value too: 9 ¾ out of 9 ¾.