Touring The Magical World Of Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a big part of many children (and adults) lives. There comes a time at school where their friends all seem to be reading the books and watching the films. Or maybe you loved Harry Potter and want your child to experience the same joy the books gave you as a child.

Then take the magic a step further by seeing some of the places the films were shot in real life. Filming took place in numerous places around the UK, so hopefully you’ll find a location that not too far from home. Here are a few:

Kings Cross, London

One of the most iconic images from Harry Potter is the him pushing his luggage trolley through the pillar of platform  9 and 3/4. This was filmed at Kings Cross Station. It’s worth a visit just to get a photo of the kids pushing the staged trolley through the wall and even better – it’s totally free.

Leadenhall Market, London

Head to the atmospheric Leadenhall Market and it will feel like you’ve been transported to Daigon Alley

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle is one of the places the Hogwarts scenes were shot. They have lots of Harry Potter themed events advertised on their website.

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall, also known as Malfoy Manor. If you’re a Slytherin, then this is a must see.

Goathland Train Station, North Yorkshire

A visit to Goathland Train Station is like taking a step back in time. This was the setting for Hogsmeade Station.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness-shire

The Glenfinnan Viaduct was the setting for the bridge to Hogwarts. The stunning views of the area are breathtaking. You can ride the train but tickets book up a long time in advance, so book early.

Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Leavesden

Although no scenes were filmed here, this is simply a must see for all Harry Potter fans!!

Other Locations

Here are some other locations:

  • Glencoe, Argyll, Scotland
  • Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, England
  • Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Durham Cathedral, Durham, England
  • Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, Oxford, England

So, the next time you’re  stuck for an idea for a day out, why not try to chase down Harry Potter’s stomping grounds…?