In the magical city of York, The Potions Cauldron is acclaimed for their mystical drinkable potions. Furthermore, it is the world’s most magical drinks emporium that serves ancient potions “of 14th century witch Agnes de Molay, brought to England 700 years ago, to help York fight off dark forces, by the first potion maker Phileas Fry.” The shop is situated in England’s oldest and famous shopping street at 9/3 Shambles, street that dates back to 1086. A place where science and magic co-exist, you have the chance to mix and create your own drinkable potions. Additionally, you can taste the magic of the Potion Experience and add some Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom or Unicorn Essence in your own drink, that comes with magical powers. Together with the unique experience, come the spellbound photos inside The Potions Cauldron.
As stated on their official website, The Potions Cauldron is also a shrine to the Saint Margaret Clitherow. Referred to as ‘the Pearl of York”, she was martyred in 1586 for her Catholic faith. The Priest Hole can still be seen in the shop today.
As history states, priests were often imprisoned, tortured and even killed under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I. Consequently, many of them would live with wealthy Catholic families in the guise of a cousin or a teacher. Sometimes, priests in an area would meet at a safe house. These safe houses were identified by secret symbols. These hiding places or ‘priest’s holes’ were built in these houses in case there was a raid. Priest holes were built in fireplaces, attics and staircases, and were largely constructed between the 1550 and 1605.
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Recently, Britain’s magical drinks emporium has launched world’s first “gargoyle-crafted cola”. The drink is available in the Potions Cauldron, Shambles, Potions Express at York Station and the Hole In Wand, Coppergate as well as online.
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