10 real-life Harry Potter filming locations you can visit in the UK

You’ve read the books, watched the films and mourned the ending of the world’s most loved fantasy series. BUT the magic still lives on - it’s time to walk in the footsteps of our favourite witches and wizards and re-live some of the most iconic moments in Harry Potter history.

That’s right, the world of witchcraft and wizardry is closer than you ever imagined with the UK playing home to some of the most infamous Harry Potter moments. So grab your wand, throw on your invisibility cloak and head to the UK’s most magical Harry Potter filming locations...

London Zoo, London

Throwing it back to where it all began, the Reptile House at the London Zoo plays as an infamous moment in the first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film. The location sets the scene where Harry learns he is not just your everyday 11 year old, speaking to snakes whilst out with the Dursleys.

King’s Cross Station, London

Maybe one of the most legendary Harry Potter locations, King’s Cross station plays home to the iconic platform 9 ¾ where Harry nervously makes his way to The Hogwarts Express. Situated in the arched wall between platforms 9, 10 and 11, the disappearing trolley provides the perfect picture opp for all you Potter fans.

St Pancras Stations, London

Just pop next door to King’s Cross and you won’t miss this incredible neo-gothic building, St Pancras International. The exterior of the building is the setting for where the Weasley’s magical Ford Anglia takes off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Leadenhall Market, London

Situated between Bank and Tower Hill, Lendenhall Market is famous for much more than being one of London’s oldest markets, doubling up as the exterior for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron. You may not find your chosen wand in Ollivanders, but the market sure is a great place to grab a bite to eat or do some non-magic related shopping.

Australia House, London

The only known bank of the wizarding world, Gringotts Wizarding Bank is in fact Australia House on the Strand, in central London. The Exhibition Hall of this house, with its chandeliers and marble columns, was used as the interior of Gringott’s Bank. Australia House was officially opened by King George V in 1918, standing as a major landmark and the Australian Embassy.

 

Millennium Bridge, London

Featured in a dark and eerie London, The Millennium Bridge briefly hosts as the setting in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before being destroyed by death eaters. But don’t fear, thanks to CGI the futuristic bridge is still standing strong and links the Bankside with the City of London. Expect some incredible views at a pinnacle point along The Thames River.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Used for some of the exterior shots of Hogwarts Castle in both Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Alnwick Castle is the setting where Harry and his classmates took their flying lessons with Madame Hooch. The castle offers a whole load of medieval and magical activities including Broomstick Training classes for anyone who fancies their chances on the Quidditch team.

Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Used as the setting for many of Hogwarts interior scenes, the gothic cathedrals fan vaulting architecture in seen in 3 of the Harry Potter films. Debuting its appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the cloisters in Gloucester Cathedral double up as a corridor in Gryffindor, the setting where Moaning Myrtle flooded the toilets and where the haunting words, ‘The chamber of secrets has been opened’ appeared.

Christ Church, Oxford

The Great Hall at Christ Church draws serious similarities on The Great Hall in Hogwarts, probably because the setting was modelled after the renaissance splendour church and replicated in the London studio. The staircase which leads up to the Great Hall was also used for the arrival scene for new Hogwarts students in the first 2 Harry Potter films.

Goathland Station, North Yorkshire

Goathland Station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway was transformed into Hogsmeade station in Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone. The final stop for the Hogwarts Express formed as the location where Harry, Hermione and Ron step out into the wizarding world of Hogwarts for the very first time.

 

The UK isn’t just home to Hogwarts – it’s teeming with heaps of equally spellbinding, historical locations to explore. Find out what magical sites await you with our ultimate UK travel guide.

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