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Harry Potter Filming Locations + Best Places to Travel for Potterheads!


We might not get a letter in the mail to go to Hogwarts, but we certainly can visit places that make us feel like we’re in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! These 22 places must be on your bucket list if you’re a fan of Harry Potter! From filming locations in England and Scotland, to unique places that look just like Diagon Alley, you need to travel here to experience the magic.

I’m a Potterhead. I’m admittedly late to the game. I didn’t start even reading the books until 2016 but as soon as I did I realized that Harry Potter is some of the best story telling out there. And once you are whisked away into the the books and movies, you realize you want to delve into the destinations that inspired and look like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Naturally, as a traveler I want to know the best places to visit if you love Harry Potter! There are so many incredible destinations you can visit if you’re obsessed with Harry Potter like me! I’ve come up with 22 must visit destinations if you love Harry Potter.

I’ve made a list of the best places to visit if you’re a Harry Potter fan, filming locations, and places that inspired J.K. Rowling and the directors. Grab a glass of butter beer and let’s hitch up our broomsticks!

If you have to pick just one city to get a taste of Harry Potter, my recommendation is London. London is the best place to engulf yourself in the world of Harry Potter. I’m going to organize this list by country to make it easier to plan your own trip!

1) Platform 9 3/4, King’s Cross Station, London, UK

And of course we start where it all began! The famed platform that was the gateway to the train, and then on to Hogwarts. This station is real and is located in London, UK. It’s located between platforms 4 and 5. Be warned, there is often a queue that forms for people waiting to take photos here. But there’s a gift shop nearby selling plenty of Potter-themed gifts like wands and robes.

Platform 9 3/4 kinds cross London Harry Potter

This station opened in 1852 as the original King’s Cross Station but is now a part of King’s Cross St Pancras tube/railway station complex. Plus, it’s in London where you’ll find plenty of Harry Potter looking scenes.

2) Leadenhall Market, London , UK

Leadenhall Market is another incredible location in London that was used as a shooting location for Harry Potter and the the Goblet of Fire as the entrance for the Leaky Cauldron. It’s a beautiful Victorian covered market that’s worth a visit even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan.

Leadenhall Market London Harry Potter Filming location

However, it’s especially magical to wander around if you know that scene from the movie. Guide to London here!

3) Millennium Bridge, London, UK

The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the River Thames in London. It’s a really beautiful bridge and was actually closed down for a while after it opened because it started to wobble, specifically, for “excessive swaying.”

Millennium Bridge, London, UK Harry Potter

However, it reopened in 2002 and has been a popular tourist attraction ever since. The bridge was featured in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in a scene where the Death Eaters destroy the bridge.

4) Warner Brothers Studio in London , UK

This is a no-brainer. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you have to visit the Warner Brothers Studio in London. It’s the place where all 8 of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. You can take a tour of the studio and see all the sets and props used in the movies.

Warner Brothers Studio in London , UK Harry Potter

Even as a fan, I was worried this might not be worth it. JUST GO! It’s so cool to see the real sets, walk in the Great Hall, try a Butter Beer, and see the detailed costumes, and props!

The studio is just outside of London in Leavesden and is a quick train ride to venture into the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s Office, The WEasley Burrow, Hagrid’s Hut, Snape’s Office, the Forbidden Forest and so much more!

Warner Brothers Studio in London , UK Great Hall Harry Potter

See my full guide to the Harry Potter London Studio Tour here!

5) Piccadilly Circus, London , UK

Piccadilly Circus is a major road junction in the West End of London where 6 streets converge. Its central location makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of London. It’s even said that if you stand here for long enough you’ll run into someone you know!

Piccadilly Circus, London , UK Harry Potter Filming Locations

It can get pretty crowded but there are several Harry Potter scenes that show up here! You might recognize it from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) when Harry, Ron, and Hermione run from some Death Eaters.

6) London Zoo, Regents Park, London , UK

The London Zoo is located in Regent’s Park in the center of London. It’s home to over 600 species of animals! The zoo was featured on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the Reptile House where a snake speaks to Harry.

7) Georgian House Hotel, London

The Georgian House Hotel is a lovely hotel located in London that will make you feel like you’ve entered the Gryffindor Common Room! With creative rooms that look just like Hogwarts! The hotel also offers a walking tour of spots in London that were featured in the Harry Potter series.

Outside of London there are plenty of places around England that are filming locations or look just like they’d fit in to Harry Potter!

8) Alnwick Castle, England

This is not only a beautiful castle, but the place where the Hogwarts students get their flying lessons from Madame Hooch in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

9) Oxford University, Oxford, England

As soon as you step inside Oxford University you’ll feel like you got your very own Hogwarts letter!


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