All The Harry Potter Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit

The Harry Potter films might be over, but us dedicated fans are finally getting a treat after 5 film-less years with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find in the fall and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in novel form this summer. While we’re all avidly waiting these newest additions to the HP world, we all know this will never be enough. If you’ve watched the films at least 80 times each, you might think there’s no way to make these films feel new, but we’ve got the magic trick. If you live in the UK or plan to travel to London soon, you can take an unofficial Harry Potter filming tour. Check out these locations, with the added bonus that many of them are free!

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The London Zoo - Reptile House

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Reptile House
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In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you might recall a particular scene where Harry "accidentally" trapped his cousin Dudley in the snake enclosure. Well, that was at the wonderful London Zoo, located in their Reptile House. There is even a little plaque to commemorate the film. You can visit the London Zoo for just £24.25 ($34.31).

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Leadenhall Market - The Entrance to Diagon Alley

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Leadenhall Market
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While we all know Diagon Alley doesn't exist (or does it?), the entrance we see in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is located at Leadenhall Market.

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Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market, London, Harry Potter
Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market is an adorable market in the city of London with many food and shopping options. It looks nothing like our beloved Diagon Alley, but it's still absolutely beautiful. It's only a short walk from the Aldgate and Monument tube stations!
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Platform 9 3/4 - Kings Cross Station
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Kings Cross Station
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Platform 9 3/4 does exist! Poor little muggles around the world can flock to Kings Cross Station to see the trolley they've driven into a wall to replicate that perfect Harry and Ron scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. You can also pop into the Store in Kings Cross for all the Harry Potter souvenirs your muggle heart could desire.
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Borough Market - The Entrance to the Leaky Cauldron
Harry Potter, Leaky Cauldron
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"The Leaky Couldron, that's in London!" As the boy wizard said in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Leaky Couldron is in London, but the entrance we see in the films was actually shot at Borough Market.
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Borough Street Market (Stoney Street)
Harry Potter, Stoney Street, Borough Street Market
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If you love food, then you need to stop at Borough Market immediately. Get your fixing for a variety of different cuisines and tasty treats at the market. It's a short and easy walk from the London Bridge Underground station.
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Millennium Bridge
Harry Potter, Millenium Bridge
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After you check out Borough Market, head on over to the Millennium Bridge. Hopefully no pesky Death Eaters are there to ruin your day! Out of all of London's bridges, it might have the least amount of history, but it's a beautiful piece of modern architecture having only opened in 2000 and is the only footbridge crossing the River Thames.
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Palace of Westminster
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, there is that scene where the crew is flying past major London hot spots, one of the most notable being the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. If you don't have time for a tour, the Palace of Westminster is located by Wesminster Abbey, so you can hit both iconic locations in a quick walking tour. If you've got time, enjoy a guided tour and afternoon tea for £29 ($41.03).
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Piccadilly Circus
Harry Potter, Piccadilly Circus
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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, the Golden Trio run from Death Eaters to Picadilly Circus because Hermione said "I used to come to the theatre here with mum and dad. I don't know why I thought of it, it just popped into my head."
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Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus
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If you've ever been to Times Square in New York, Picadilly Circus feels a bit like that, with all the lights and crowds. After a long day of touring through London, you can end your night at Picadilly Circus and choose one of their many nightlife options, like the Picadilly Institute, a bar with six different rooms to choose from!
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Alnwick Castle - Hogwarts Exterior
Harry Potter, Alnwick Castle
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Alnwick Castle was used in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Students learned how to fly a broom on the grounds of Alnwick Castle.
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Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle
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You may want to grab your Nimbus 2000 before visiting Alnwick Castle! You can visit this exquisite castle and attempt to fly for just £14 ($19.81). You can't visit the castle all year round, as it closes for winter, so plan your trip between end of March through October!
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Durham Cathedral - Hogwarts Interior/Exterior
Harry Potter, Durham Cathedral
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In the first three Harry Potter films, Durham Cathedral was using to film exterior and interior shots at Hogwarts.
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Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral
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You can tour this gorgeous cathedral for just £5 ($7.08)! The cathedral is open every day of the year and you can see it's opening hours here.
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Gloucester Cathedral - Hogwarts Interior
Harry Potter, Gloucester Cathedral
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Because Harry Potter can do whatever it so pleases, another cathedral was also used to shoot interior scenes at Hogwarts.
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Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
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Explore this cathedral and see if you can match Harry Potter scenes to the interior. There is no fee to visit and the cathedral is open 365 days a year, but be aware as it may have restricted access on certain holidays.
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Diagon Alley - Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Harry Potter, Diagon Alley, Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Warner Bros Studio Tour London
So we totally lied, Diagon Alley is a real place! You just need to go to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. A daily addmitance fee is £35 ($49.54), but they don't rush you through the exhibits at all. Us muggles can spend as much time as we like immersed in sets, costumes, and replicas used to film all 8 movies.
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Potter House - Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studio Tour London
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You can pay your respects the Potter family while at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Make sure you read the plaque in front of their home!
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#4 Privet Drive - Dursley House - Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Harry Potter, Dursley House, Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Warner Bros Studio Tour London
The final major attraction at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (aside from being able to look at the miniature Hogwarts inside) is the Dursley's home, AKA the house where Harry Potter grew up! You can't go inside to check on that cupboard, but you can take as many pictures as you'd like outside while you sip on some Butterbeer.

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