Top 10 Harry Potter Film Locations around Britain

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Everyone’s favourite teen wizard has appeared at various places all over Britain so jump on your broomstick and discover the magic…

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
On its way to Hogwarts, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the flying Ford Anglia lands on Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the West Highland line between Fort William and Mallaig in Scotland. There’s a regular diesel service, but if you want to cross the viaduct in a Hogwart’s Express-style steam locomotive, West Coast Railways run the Jacobite Steam Train during the summer season (May to October).

Glencoe, Scotland
Push further into Scotland to see Glencoe where the dramatic landscapes round Hogwarts were filmed. You’ll recognise the Steall Falls at Glen Nevis from the Tri-Wizard Tournament in the Goblet of Fire (2005). The rugged beauty and natural drama of the Scottish highlands are the perfect background for the first two Harry Potter films – where the Quidditch matches were filmed against the backdrop of Glen Nevis (also used for Braveheart, Rob Roy and Highlander II).

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Durham Cathedral, England
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was realised on film in a bewildering number of locations throughout the UK. One of the most spectacular is Durham Cathedral, one of the UK’s finest Norman buildings. Durham’s elegant cloisters became the snow-covered quadrangle, where Harry sets the owl flying in the first film and is also the scene of Ron’s slug vomiting in the Chamber of Secrets. The cathedral chapter house is the venue for Professor McGonagall’s class teaching the young wizards to turn animals into water goblets.

Durham Cathedral

Bodleian Library, Oxford, England
Oxford University’s famous Bodleian Library starred in three of the Harry Potter films. The medieval Duke Humfrey’s Library was used as the Hogwarts library and the elaborately vaulted Divinity School became Hogwart’s infirmary. Tour this historic place of learning to see where Oscar Wilde, C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien once studied.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England
Grab your broomstick and head to Alnwick Castle, the site of Madame Hooch’s flying lesson in the first film. Discover 700 years of history, spectacular gardens with water sculptures and one of the world’s largest treehouses. Alnwick Castle was also used in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991) and Elizabeth (1997).

Leadenhall Market, London, England
The entrance to wizard’s pub, ‘the Leaky Cauldron’, is an optician in Bull’s Head Passage in Leadenhall Market in the City of London. Leadenhall is a superb example of a Victorian covered market with an ornate painted roof.

King’s Cross Station, London, England
The Hogwarts Express departs from ‘Platform 9 ¾’ of King’s Cross Station, which is actually the arched wall between Platforms 4 and 5. If that seems short on magic, head towards the entrance to Platforms 9, 10 and 11 on the west side of the station. There you’ll find a trolley disappearing into the magical realm through a wall marked ‘Platform 9 ¾’. Outside you’ll see the Neo-Gothic facade of St Pancras where the Weasley’s magical Ford Anglia takes off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).

Reptile House, London Zoo, England
London Zoo’s Reptile House is where Harry first discovers his gift for talking with snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001). If you fancy chatting to snakes, or any other animals for that matter, London Zoo’s the place.

Gloucester Cathedral, England
If you scare easily, then be careful if you visit the Cathedral of Gloucester, which has been a place of worship for over 1,300 years. While you may not meet Nearly Headless Nick or Moaning Myrtle in these halls, an ancient wooden door leads down to the old crypt, said to be haunted by monks from the old Gloucester monastery. Scenes from the first two films were shot here including the shots of Harry and Ron hiding from the troll.

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Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire, Wales
One of Wales’ top surfing beaches, this stretch of golden sand was chosen as a location for Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour‘s Shell Cottage in the latest instalment of the franchise. It’s no stranger to film crews and has also served in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (2010) as the backdrop to the climactic battle with the French.

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13 Responses to “Top 10 Harry Potter Film Locations around Britain”

  1. @Highlandcamper
    April 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Nice article, we get a few customers wanting to see Harry Potter locations during their campervan holidays. Glenfinnan and Glencoe are both an easy drive from us, and both have beautiful camping sites.

  2. Eurotrip Tips
    May 29, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Ohhh I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. Not only are the Harry Potters movie a sneak peak in a parallel world, but they also allow us to witness some of the finest UK landmarks and beauty. I’ve visited a few of these places, mostly in London and Oxford, and was ecstatic every time.

  3. Chris Wildman
    June 13, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    What about Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales, Harry & Hermione camping on the Limestone Pavement at Malham Cove

  4. Harry Potter Tour of London
    July 8, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Very interesting list. You can actually experience a Harry potter car tour of London, oxford and Lacock by booking from British Adventure. The most popular ones are the private Harry potter car tour. The tour guide would take you through the different locations that influenced the writting of the books and the film locations.

  5. nadege
    December 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    The Leadenhall market in London is one of the favorite location of film makers in London. Despite Harry Potter, they shot Hereafter and the imaginarium of doc Parnassius too.
    http://www.bealondoner.com/fr/blog/nadege/le-marche-de-leadenhall-a-londres

  6. Pendragon House B&B Caerleon
    May 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    During her teenage life JK Rowling lived near the Welsh town of Chepstow and I beleive that Chepstow Castle which is sited on the banks of the river Seven helped her with the inspiration for Hogworts.

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