11 Harry Potter Filming Locations Every Muggle Needs To Visit

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If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then we’ve got some places you might want to add to your bucket list: our favorite Harry Potter filming locations.

There are millions of Harry Potter fans in the world and they all come in different shapes and sizes.

Some of you might have fallen in love with the movies…

Some of you might have visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter themes parks…

And some of you might be old school like me…

We’ve read all the books multiple times and secretly think we are witches and wizards deep inside.

Either way, it’s not a competition.

Regardless of what type of fan you are or what Hogwarts house you belong to…

We want to show you real-life Harry Potter filming locations for you to visit!

Just because you live in the muggle world doesn’t mean you can’t visit places like the Hogwarts Express…

Or the Hogwarts grounds…

Or Diagon Alley!

We’re even going to throw in a bonus location to visit at the end of the post…

Because we enjoy talking with other Harry Potter lovers.

So get your wands and robes out!

We’re about to apparate to 11 awesome filming locations.

Hold on tight!

 

11) Millenium Bridge

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Location: London, England

The Millenium Bridge is the bridge that collapses during the opening scene of the Half-Blood Prince.

The bridge is a steel suspension bridge that helps pedestrians cross the River Thames.  The bridge is 1,066 feet long (325 m) and connects Bankside with the City of London.

It’s a great spot for a picture!

 

10) Leadenhall Market

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Location: London, England

Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest markets in London. Even though the market is over 700 years old, most people still consider it the most beautiful Victorian-style market in London.

The producers used the exterior of the market to film scenes of Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron.

 

9) Bodleian Library

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Location: Oxford, England

Planning on visiting the University of Oxford at some point?

Well, you’d be killing two birds with one stone…

Visiting the oldest university in the English-speaking world…

And visiting a Harry Potter filming location!

Bodleian Library is the setting for the library and the infirmary at Hogwarts. Two places where Harry and his friends spent a lot of time in the series.

 

 

8) Durham Cathedral

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Location: Durham, England

If you visit Durham Cathedral, you’ll find the filming location of the school’s quadrangle. You probably recognized the area as soon as you saw the image above. The students of Hogwarts cross this quadrangle all the time!

In real life, the cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe. And it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site!

 

7) Freshwater West Beach

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Location: Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire – West Wales

Freshwater West Beach is the setting for Bill and Fleur’s shell cottage. It’s beautiful, yet also a little sad because Dobby’s grave lies here.

In the muggle world, Freshwater West is one of the top beaches in Wales and a popular surfing spot. It’s also a part of the Pembrokeshire National Park.

So you’ll get to see tons of stunning scenery by visiting this filming location!

 

6) Cathedral of Gloucester

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Location: Gloucester, England

The Cathedral of Gloucester is home to the same halls that Harry, Ron, and Hermione used to roam while they were up to no good.

Look familiar?

You won’t find the Chamber of Secrets here or Moaning Myrtle creeping on Harry in the bathroom.

But you’ll get to see a historic 1300-year-old church! 
And rumor has it that monks from the previous monastery still haunt the church. 
I definitely prefer monks over trolls and basilisks.

 

5) Glencoe, Scotland

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Location: Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe is a village in Scotland that became the inspiration for the castle grounds at Hogwarts. The area surrounding the village is the place the filmmakers chose to create the setting for the school.

This area includes filming locations like Hagrid’s Hut, the Quidditch Pitch, and the bridge leading to the entrance of Hogwarts.

This area of Scotland is completely breathtaking!

 

4) King’s Cross

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Location: London, England

King’s Cross Station is one of the major railway stations in London. It’s also home to the famous Platform 9 3/4.

If you visit King’s Cross today, you’ll see a sign and part of a baggage trolley in the station concourse. The trolley already has your bags and owl packed on top of it. All you need to do is take a picture before you board the Hogwarts Express.

That’s always a sweet, free picture to get while visiting London.

Make sure to set some time aside to stop by during your visit.

 

3) London Zoo

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Location: London, England

The London Zoo is home to the famous filming location where Harry learns he can talk to snakes.

If you visit the Reptile House at the zoo, you’ll see a plaque that commemorates the scene where the snake slithered out of the enclosure.

Don’t worry. The current snakes that live there won’t talk to you and the glass won’t vanish.

Ignore the zebras pictured above. We didn’t have a shot of the Reptile House, so we just used the image of the zebras in the London Zoo. We like them :).

 

2) Glenfinnan Viaduct

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Location: Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct is the bridge the Hogwarts Express travels on while transporting students between London and Hogwarts.

In the muggle world, you can take a ride on the viaduct on a train that resembles the Hogwarts Express!

The Jacobite Steam Train offers 3-day tours that let you discover the magical western highlands of Scotland. The train departs and arrives in Edinburgh during the months of April – October.

It’s one of the most scenic train rides anyone could ever experience.

 

1) Alnwick Castle

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Location: Alnwick, Northumberland County, England

Alnwick Castle is a stunning castle that helped create the exterior of Hogwarts.

The scene where Harry learned to ride a broomstick took place here. And the best part about that is… the castle offers broomstick training sessions! Anyone that wants to learn how to ride a broom like Harry needs to visit Alnwick. 

And that’s not all Alnwick Castle has to offer.

The castle is full of history, beautiful gardens, and water sculptures. It’s also home to one of the largest tree houses in the world!

( If you like castles, check out our favorite castles in Europe here! )

 


 

Bonus: Warner Bros Studio Tour London

Any Harry Potter fan visiting London needs to make time for this stop while they’re in the city.

Warner Bros Studios offers an amazing tour in London called “The Making of Harry Potter”.

The tour allows fans to walk the same sets that the studio used during filming.

You’ll be able to visit the sets of many fan favorites like:

  • Great Hall
  • Forbidden Forest
  • Platform 9 3/4
  • Diagon Alley

And the magic doesn’t stop there.

You’ll also get to see plenty of props and costumes used on set. And the special effects that created the magic on the big screen.

The Warner Bros tour is the most expensive item on this list. But if you can make the ticket cost work with your budget, it’s an experience you won’t forget!

You’ll need to buy the tickets a few months in advance. Go here to check availability dates during your trip.

 

Well, those are our favorite Harry Potter filming locations!

We hope you enjoyed seeing these spots and genuinely want to visit some of them someday.

Do you have any favorites?

Or do you want to tell us which Hogwarts house you’re in?

Let us know in the Comment Section!

Mischief managed! 

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