Harry Potter filming locations guide

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You can find Harry Potter filming locations all over the United Kingdom – from the wild Scottish Highlands home of Hagrid’s Hut to the historic London market that became Diagon Alley.

On the map below you’ll find the real-life British filming locations where the films’ most famous scenes were brought to life. Whether you’re planning the Harry Potter trip of a lifetime, or looking for the origins of your favourite scenes, read on to find out more…

LONDON


Australia House

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 

Shot: The interior shots of Gringotts, the wizard bank run by goblins, were filmed inside Australia House.

Fact: Australia House was opened by King George V in 1918 and is the home of the Australian High Commission.

Closest tube station: Temple, 5 min walk

Price: Free

The building is not open to the public but you can view it from outside.

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King's Cross Station

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Movie: All movies

Shot: King’s Cross is the station where students board the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾.

Fact: For filming, platforms 4 and 5 were renumbered 9 and 10. At the station today, you'll find the hidden access to platform 9 3/4, complete with half a luggage cart disappearing into the wall!

Closest tube station: King's Cross St. Pancras, 1 min walk

Price: Free

You will have the chance to take a picture (complete with a Gryffindor scarf) and to visit the adjacent Harry Potter shop where you can buy merchandise from the books and films.

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Millennium Bridge

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Shot: Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince opens with a dramatic sequence of the London Millennium Footbridge collapsing.

Fact: Construction of the real-life Millennium Bridge started in late 1998, with the main work starting on 28 April 1999.

Closest tube station: Blackfriars, 7 min walk

Price: Free

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London City Hall

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Shot: London City Hall, the headquarters of the Greater London Authority, was featured in one of the first scenes of the Half-Blood Prince with exterior shots.

Fact: This building's appearance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince constitutes an anachronism. It was only built in 2002.

Closest tube station: London Bridge, 4 min walk

Price: Free

Exhibitions available at www.london.gov.uk/city-hall

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Great Scotland Yard

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Shot: It was on this corner, at the junction of Scotland Place and Great Scotland Yard, that Harry and Mr Weasley entered the phone box to descend into the Ministry of Magic.

Fact: Unfortunately for those who seek to recreate the scene there has never been a phone box at this junction. The one in the film was a special prop that was removed once filming had finished.

Closest tube station: Embankment, 4 min walk

Price: Free

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Claremont Square

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Deathly Hallows Part 1

Shot: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the rows of houses on Claremont Square appear as the exterior of Grimmauld Place. Screenwriters were inspired by the façade of Claremont Square to film the Grimmauld Place scenes on a set.

Fact: The strange shape of Claremont Square is due to the fact that, back in the 18th century, there was a water reservoir in the square. Following the construction of a larger one nearby, houses were built and, later, the reservoir emptied and covered with grass, hence its steep incline and rather wizardly shape.

Closest tube station: Angel, 5 min walk

Price: Free

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Piccadilly Circus

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Shot: Exterior shots where we see Harry, Hermione and Ron rushing through London’s West End.

Fact: The statue in Piccadilly Circus is named the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain to honour the philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury, but many call it the Statue of Eros, the Greek god of love. Its creator Alfred Gilbert actually sculpted the statue as an image of Eros’ twin brother Anteros.

Closest tube station: Piccadilly Circus, 2 min walk

Price: Free

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Leadenhall Market

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Shot: Leadenhall Market shows up in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as the exterior for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron.

Fact: Leadenhall Market, built in 1881, is London's most beautiful Victorian market.

Closest tube station: Monument, 3 min walk

Price: Free

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Reptile House, London Zoo

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Shot: Exterior and interior shots where Harry learns that he can speak to snakes and liberates the Burmese python

Fact: In the film, the inhabitant of the tank is a Burmese python, however in reality it is home to a black mamba. A plaque beside the enclosure commemorates the famous scene.

Closest tube station: Camden Town, 5 min walk

Price: from £14.85 (children) and £19.80 (adults)

More information: here

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Shot: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel was used as the entrance to King's Cross station in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.

Fact: The Renaissance Hotel has been seen worldwide by millions as a filming location for not only Harry Potter films, but also 102 Dalmatians, Batman, Richard III and others.

Closest tube station: King's Cross St. Pancras, 5 min walk

Price: Free

More information: stpancras.com/hotel

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ENGLAND


Durham Cathedral

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Shots: Durham Cathedral has been used to shoot various exterior and interior shots of Hogwarts.

Fact: Durham Cathedral was founded in 1093 and is home to the Shrine of St Cuthbert. The Cathedral was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1986.

Getting there by train: Durham station is on the East Coast main line. A bus to the cathedral runs at regular intervals during the day between the bus and train stations to the Cathedral. 

Getting there by car: Durham is west of the A1(M) and east of the A167. There is no parking at the Cathedral itself. Durham County Council operates a park & ride scheme during the daytime, with car parks in the city centre.

Price: Guided tours of the Cathedral take place two or three times a day and cost £5 per person. Admission to the Tower: Adults £5, Children (under 16) £2.50 Other areas of the cathedral are free to visit

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Alnwick Castle

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the Chamber of Secrets

Shots: Alnwick Castle has been used for exterior shots of Hogwarts.

Fact: Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England. It has been a home to the dukes of Northumberland for over 700 years.

Getting there by train: The East Coast mainline from London to Edinburgh stops at Alnmouth, which is four miles from Alnwick. A taxi or bus (X18) can be taken from Alnmouth.

Getting there by car: Alnwick Castle is located in the heart of Northumberland just off the A1 and is well signposted. There are bus stops and a bus station in the centre of Alnwick.

Prices:

  • Price for the Castle*: Adult £14, Children (5-16 years) £7.20
  • Price for Garden: Adult £11.50, Children (5-16 years) £4.18
  • Price for the Castle and Garden: Adult £23.85, Children (5-16 years) £9.88
  • *Prices from the Alnwick Castle Website, prices at the gate may vary

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Malham Cove

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Shot: The rocky camp where Harry and Hermione hide from Voldemort.

Fact: Malham Cove is a natural limestone rock formation situated 1km north of the village of Malham. The top of the cove consists of a uniquely shaped rock formation which was made by the river that once ran over it.

Getting there by train: The nearest train station is Gargrave, which is about 7 miles away from Malham. Frequent services to Skipton are available from Leeds and Bradford.

Getting there by car: Malham is 21 miles from the end of the M65, which terminates in Colne. Be careful when driving to Malham from Gargrave as the roads are narrow country lanes. Parking in Malham is available but not free of charge.

Price: Free

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New College

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Shot: Where everyone sports the "Potter stinks" badges during the Triwizard Tournament

Fact: Every year during the Easter holidays a 3 day murder mystery event is hosted at the Cloisters. During the 3 days there are academic activities, forensic science workshops and a formal dinner. 

Getting there by train: Oxford is easily accessible by train, New College is a 1 mile walk away from Oxford train station. 

Getting there by car: Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway. The Oxford ring road also provides direct access to the south and west coast ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol via the A34. On-street parking is severely restricted in the centre of town and in the roads surrounding the College.

Price: £3

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Lacock Abbey

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the Chamber of Secrets

Shot: The Abbey lends itself as the setting for Professor Snape's class on potions.

Fact: The Abbey was originally built by Lady Ela the countess of Salisbury during the reign of Henry III. It prospered well through the Middle Ages thanks to its income from the wool produced on the profitable farmland.

Getting there by train: The closest train station, Melksham, is less than 2h away from London Paddington but you will have to change at Swindon. 

Getting there by car: Located only 100 miles from London, the Abbey is easily accessible by the M4 and a 2 hour drive. A paid parking is available on site and is free for members.

Prices: A day tour of Lacock including return bus travel and a visit to Salisbury and Bath costs £54 for adults and £44 for children

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Virginia Water

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Goblet of Fire

Shot: Virginia Water was used to represent Hogwarts’ lake where Harry rode on the Hippogriff in the Prisoner of Azkaban and where Hermione passed on messages to Harry and Ron in the Goblet of Fire.

Fact: The lake was drained during the second world war as it was feared its obvious shape would give away the location of Windsor.

Getting there by train: The Virginia Water train station is on the main line to Waterloo and passes through Staines, Richmond and Clapham Junction. 

Getting there by car: The village of Virginia Water is a short distance from Heathrow Airport, the M3 and the M4 motorways giving it maximum accessibility.

Price: Free

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Goathland Train Station

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Shot: The station acts as Hogsmeade Station, the main station for Hogwarts.

Fact: The village of Goathland was the main setting for the British soap opera Heartbeat.

Getting there by train: Trains from Whitby (£16 return) and Pickering (£20 return) offer regular services to Goathland station.

Getting there by car: The Goathland train station is less than 2 hours away from Newcastle by following the A179. You will have to drive through Middlesbrough and get on the A171 to arrive in the North York Moors National Park where the famous station is located.

Price: Free

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Ashridge Wood

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Shot: The Woods where the Quidditch World Cup is held.

Fact: Ashridge Wood is famous for its range of flowering plants and trees, making the woods a pleasant location for walks.

Getting there by train:Ashridge Wood is located half-way between Newbury station and Didcot station and easily accessible via the A34 and a 15 min drive. Taxis are available at both stations and won't cost you more than £20.

Getting there by car: Ashridge Wood is just 21 miles away from Oxford and about a 40 min drive on the A34.

Price: Free

Visitor Centre opening times: 10am-4pm

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Seven Sisters Country Park

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Shot: The Seven Sisters cliffs were used for spectacular shots where Harry Potter walks up the hill to find the boots that transport him to the Quidditch World Cup.

Fact: The Seven Sisters, the cliffs that give the park its name, are entirely made of chalk from the English Channel. In movies they are often used as stand-in for the White Cliffs of Dover since they are relatively free of modern architecture

Getting there by train:There are regular rail services from London to Brighton, Seaford and Eastbourne

Getting there by car: The Seven Sisters Country Park is situated in Exceat, only 10 min away from Seaford by car. The car park is closed overnight and will cost you £3.50 for the day.

Price: Free

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Hardwick Hall

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Shot: Hardwick Hall is the main setting for the Malfoy Mansion, the Deatheaters’ main hideout.

Fact: Hardwick Hall was one of the first buildings of its era to be built in a Renaissance style, and was originally built to display the financial wealth of its owner.

Getting there by train:The closest train station is Chesterfield. From there you can pick up a taxi or catch the Pronto bus from Chesterfield coach station.

Getting there by car: Hardwick Hall is located 8 miles south-east of Chesterfield by the A6175. A car park with 600 spaces is available there.

Prices:

  • Adult £12.60
  • Children £6.30

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Gloucester Cathedral

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, and the Half Blood Prince

Shot: The Cathedral’s Cloisters are used as various settings for Hogwarts' interiors.

Fact: The glass windows dating back to 1350 depict some of the earliest evidence of sports such as golf and medieval football.

Getting there by train:Gloucester station is the closest train station. It is only a 10 min walk to get from the station to the cathedral.

Getting there by car: Gloucester is easily accessible from Birmingham via the M5 and an hour’s drive. The Westgate car park in Gloucester is open to visitors and is only a short walk from the cathedral.

Price: Free

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SCOTLAND


Loch Etive

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Shot: The loch can be seen as a setting for Harry Hermione and Ron's camping trip. The scene was filmed at the northernmost part of the lake.

Fact: Loch Etive is a 30 km sea loch in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The name Etive is believed to mean “little ugly one” from the Gaelic Goddess associated with the loch.

Getting there by train: Closest Town Taynuilt. From Glasgow Queen Street station, take First Scotrail train (Oban) to Taynuilt (2hrs 36mins). 

Getting there by car: Taynuilt is 46 miles south of Fort William via A82 and 87 miles north of Glasgow accessible via A82.

Price: Free

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Glen Coe

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Goblet of Fire, the Order of the Phoenix, and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Shot: Glen Coe was used to film multiple scenes. It is the location of Hagrid’s Hut, the bridge leading to the entrance of Hogwarts, and some scenes were also filmed at the nearby lake.

Fact: In Scottish history Glen Coe is known as "the glen of tears".

Getting there by train: Fort William is the nearest train station with daily train services operating between Glasgow and Fort William.

Getting there by car: take the A82 Glasgow to Fort William trunk road. Glencoe village is 90 miles North West of Glasgow city centre.

Price: Free

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Glenfinnan

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the Goblet of Fire

Shot: The Glenfinnan Viaduct is the ‘bridge to Hogwarts’, where the Hogwarts Express makes its journey.

Fact: The bridge is 380 metres long and 31 metres high. Its construction was finished in 1898 and cost £18,904.

Getting there by train: enfinnan is the nearest train station with daily train services operating between Fort William and Glenfinnan. This service takes you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct itself before alighting at Glenfinnan. 

Getting there by car: The Glenfinnan viaduct is 17 miles west of Fort William via A830.

Prices: (Anytime Day Return Fort William - Glenfinnan )

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Loch Eilit

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Goblet of Fire, the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Shot: Loch Eilt was used for exterior shots of the Hogwarts grounds and as the island location of Dumbledore's grave.

Fact: The lake is 5km long and 750 metres wide.

Getting there by train: Lochailort is the nearest train station and is a 5 hour direct train journey from Glasgow Queen Street and 49 min by train from Fort-William.

Getting there by car: Loch Eilt is 134 miles northwest of Glasgow and accessible via A82.

Price: Free

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Train line between Corrour and Rannoch stations

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Shot: During the shots of Hogwarts Express you can see a hut, which is approximately 1 mile from Corrour Station in the direction of Rannoch.

Fact: The guest house at Corrour is the highest point on the West Highland train Line. It is 17 miles from the nearest public road and only accessible by train or by foot.

Getting there by train: Corrour train station is a 3 hour direct train journey from Glasgow Queen Street and 51 min by train from Fort-William. 

Getting there by car: Corrour is 150 miles north of Glasgow and accessible via A9. The guest house isn’t accessible by car so you will have to continue on foot to reach it.

Price: Free

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Loch Arkaig

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Shot: Exterior shots of dragon flight were filmed at Loch Arkaig.

Fact: In 1746, Jacobite treasures were said to have been hidden here.

Getting there by train: Fort William is the nearest train station with daily train services operating between Glasgow and Fort William. 

Getting there by car:the closest Town is Fort William. Fort William is a 2.5 hour drive north of Glasgow and 1 hour drive south of Inverness on the A82.

Price: Free

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Lochaber Rural Complex

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Shot: The production crew rented a rural complex from March – July 2013. The weather was horrendous at this time, which forced the production crew to shoot some of the scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban inside the complex, which was also used as an office space.

Fact: You can visit the Old Inverlochy Castle nearby. Although now a ruin, this was one of the most important castles in Scottish history and was the backdrop for two major historical events, the first and second battles of Inverlochy.

Getting there by train: Fort William is the nearest train station with daily train services operating between Glasgow and Fort William.

Getting there by car: The production building is 6kms northeast of Fort William and is accessible from the A82.

Price: Free

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The Jacobite Steam Train

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Movie: All movies

Shot: The Hogwarts Express

Fact: The Jacobite Steam Train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan (see below). Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. The service runs from early May to late October. It departs at 10:15am and 2.30pm.

Getting there by train:It is advisable to arrive in Fort William the day before you travel on the Jacobite. Trains run daily from Glasgow to Fort William. 

Getting there by car: Fort William is a 2.5 hour drive north of Glasgow and 1 hour drive south of Inverness on the A82.

Price: Isle of Skye tour & Jacobite Steam Train journey - a 3 day tour costs £329

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Harry Potter Studio Tour


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No Potter fan’s trip to Britain would be complete without a visit to the Warner Bros’ Studio Tour, located at the Leavesden Studios near London. The award-winning tour gives you access to spectacular sets from the Harry Potter movies and a fascinating behind the scenes look at their production.

Getting there by train: Watford Junction is the nearest train station with direct services from London Euston (20 min journey) and Birmingham New Street (1 hour journey). A shuttle bus is available from Watford Junction to the Studio Tour, which takes about 15 minutes and costs £2 return. 

Getting there by car: Exit the M1 at Junction 5 and take the A41 for approximatively 3 miles to get to the studio from London. From the north, exit the M1 at Junction 6a and merge onto the M25. Exit the M25 at Junction 20 to get to the Studio. Free parking is available on site.

Prices: You can buy tickets including a return bus trip from central London:

  • Adults - from £50
  • Children (5-15) - from £45
  • Toddlers (3-4) - £20
  • Infants (under 3) - Free
  • More info at: visitbritainshop.com

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