Aiming to Explore the UK Harry Potter Filming Locations

Dave and I have been Harry Potter fans for years and usually each year I’ll read the Harry Potter books and we’ll plough through the movies too. It’s turned into a bit of a tradition. So this year I’ve added something to my bucket list to embrace our love of Harry Potter – exploring some of the Harry Potter filming locations used in the movies.

I thought a good starting point would be to make a list of all the sites we would like to visit and then we can start ticking them off. A fair few of these places we have seen before – even multiple times before – but it’s different when you are going to them purely because of Harry Potter. So we’ll be starting afresh with this list and seeing everything again.

So here are the places we’re looking to visit:

St. Pancras and King’s Cross Stations, London (Platform 9¾)

Leadenhall Market, London (Diagon Alley and Leaky Cauldron)

Borough Market, London (Leaky Cauldron)

Piccadilly Circus, London

Australia House, London (Gringotts Bank)

Scotland Place and Scotland Yard, London (Entrance to the Ministry of Magic)

Millennium Bridge, London

Reptile House, London Zoo, London

Claremont Square, London (Grimmauld Place)

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London (Exterior of Kings Cross Station)

Seven Sisters Cliffs, East Sussex

12 Picket Post Close, Bracknell (4 Privet Drive)

Swinley Forest, Bracknell

Black Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire

Virginia Water (Hogwarts Lake)

Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire (Snape’s potion classroom)

Gloucester Cathedral (Hogwarts interior)

Bodleian Library, Oxford (Hogwarts Library)

Christ Church College, Oxford (Hogwarts Infirmary)

Ashridge Wood, Hertfordshire (Quidditch World Cup and home of Whomping Willow)

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Malfoy Manor)

Forest of Dean

Lavenham, Suffolk (Godric’s Hollow)

Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire, Wales (Shall Cottage Backdrop)

Durham Cathedral (Hogwarts 0exterior and Professor McGonagall’s classroom)

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland (Hogwarts exterior)

The Shambles, York (Diagon Alley)

Malham Cove, North Yorkshire

Goathland Station, North Yorkshire (Hogsmeade Station)

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Loch Etive, Glen Coe, Loch Eilit and Loch Arkaig, Scotland (Backdrop to the Harry Potter movies)

This is a list that will take us around the country – from the south coast, all the way up to Scotland, across to Wales and so many places in between. I’m sure we won’t see them all this year but it gives us something to aim for. I’ll make sure I update our progress as we tick places off.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. oh wow what a list! My daughter is Harry Potter crazy so I really should take her to Alnwick castle soon as it is not far from where we live. You will love it there if your ever in the North East as they do broomstick lessons and had people dressed up as Harry and Hagrid last time we were there x

  2. My eldest girl and I are HUGE HP fans. During my many visits to London I never even KNEW that I had walked by the Ministry of Magic or Diagon Alley! However, my Ellie’s wish is to go on the HP Tours in London, so I need to try to make THAT happen, haha!

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