Only true Potterheads will take a trip to the suburbs to visit Harry’s childhood home. 4 Privet Drive was where we first met Harry and the unpleasant Dursley family in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Technically, the home for the movies was filmed in Berkshire, so you’ll find all the crowds taking their pictures at 12 Picket Post Close in Martins Heron.
If you take a visit to the world’s oldest scientific zoo, make sure to stop in their Reptile House. It was in the Reptile House where a burmese python spoke to Harry in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The interior shots of Gringotts — the goblin bank in Diagon Alley — are set in Australia House, the home of the Australian High Commission on the Strand in London. The building was also used for the recent Wonder Woman movie. The building is an actual diplomatic mission, so you won’t be able to get in unless you’re an Australian using the building to either vote or take care of other official business.
London’s most beautiful Victorian market was the location of some of the Diagon Alley scenes. Leadenhall Market also houses the shop used as the entrance of the Leaky Cauldron from the fourth movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
All real Harry Potter fans have wondered about finding the magical platform to get to Hogwarts. At Kings Cross, not only will you find Platform 9 ¾, but you’ll also find a shop where you can stock up on Harry Potter gear. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with the famous luggage trolley before you head out on your magical journey!
Does Goathland Station not ring a bell? That’s because Warner Bros. transformed it into Hogsmeade Station. This charming station acted as the final stop where students would happily disembark to start another year at the best school for witchcraft and wizardry in the world, Hogwarts.
Built in the 11th century, the castle grounds are where Harry and his friends first learned to fly their broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Alnwick Castle is also where Harry learned the rules of Quidditch.
Walk the footsteps of Harry Potter and all the students of Hogwarts as you explore the grounds of Lacock Abbey, which stood in for Hogwarts in two of the Harry Potter films. Used for multiple Hogwarts interior scenes throughout the series, you may remember it from the Mirror of Erised scenes, as well as the location of Professor Snape and Professor Quirrell classrooms.
Loch Shiel was one of the two gorgeous lakes used for Hogwarts Lake. It made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where Buckbeak dipped his feet in the water while Harry rode on its back and again in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where Harry and Hermione looked across Hogwarts Lake from the Astronomy Tower at the end of the movie.
The exterior shots of the Malfoy Mansion in the first Deathly Hallows film were taken at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. The mansion used to be a private residence, but now the Elizabethan hall is fully open to the public.
Book your ticket on the Hogwarts Express! This train runs from Fort William to Mallaig, and will take you across the “bridge to Hogwarts”. The Hogwarts Express route is open from March to October in 2018, and you can get your ticket starting at only £30.00.
Christ Church’s Great Hall was the inspiration for the impressive Hogwarts Dining Hall. When you visit Christ Church, you may also notice it’s home to the staircase where Professor McGonagall first met Harry, Hermione, and Ron.