Harry Potter UK Filming Destinations Bucket List – Over Christmas Monkey watched the first Harry Potter film – The Philosophers Stone. We are also half way through the second book The Chamber of Secrets. So I have pulled together this list of fifty Harry Potter filming destinations in the UK we hope to visit a few this year.

The Philosophers Stone

  • 12 Picket Post Close, Winksfield Row, Bracknell – Privet Drive
  • Alnwick Castle – Madame Hooch’s flying lessons in the ground
  • Lacock Abbey – Professor Snapes Classroom and other interiors
  • Platform 9 3/4 – Kingscross Station both the archway between platforms 4 & 5 and a disappearing suitcase near platforms 9,10 and 11.
  • Gloucester Cathedral – hallways to the Griffindor common room and where the troll walked down
  • Goathland Station – Hogsmead Station
  • Leadenhall Market – Diagon Alley
  • Christ Church College – you can enjoy breakfast in the Great Hall and see the steps where the first years are greeted by Professor McGonagall before being sorted into their houses
  • Australia House – interior shots of Gringotts
  • Reptile House London Zoo – where Harry sets the Burmese python
  • The Jacobite Steam Train – the Hogwarts Express appears in all films
  • Harrow School Class Room – is used for the charms class room … ‘its leviOsa’
  • Duke Humfrey’s Library at the Bodleian Library – Hogwarts Library
  • Divinity School at the Bodleian Library – is Hogwarts infirmary
  • Black Park in Buckinghamshire – is the Forbidden Forest for the first film

The Chamber of Secrets

  • St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – used as the entrance to Kings Cross Station and where the flying car takes off when Harry & Ron miss the train
  • Durham Cathedral – has been used to shoot various exterior and interior shots
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct – is the bridge to Hogwarts, where the Hogwarts Express makes it journey

The Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Virgina Water – Hogwarts Lake over which Harry rode the Hippogriff
  • Glen Coe – location of Hagrids Hut and the bridge leading to the entrance of Hogwarts. It was used for multiple scenes across various films. The nearby lake was also used.
  • Lochaber Rural Complex – some scenes shot inside the complex
  • Lambeth Bridge – night bus where it had to compress itself to fit between two London double deckers
  • Borough Market – the Leaky Cauldron entrance changes location in this film. With the Knight bus dropping Harry off on Stoney Street
  • St Paul’s Cathedral  – which is used as the divination tower stairwell

Goblet of Fire

  • Leadenhall Market – Leaky Cauldron entrance which is really an opticians in Bull’s Head Passage
  • New College Oxford – where everyone sports the ‘Potter Stinks’  badges during the Triwizard Tournament
  • Ashridge Wood – This is where the Quidditch World Cup is held
  • Seven Sisters Country Park –  is where the campsite was located for the Quidditch World Cup
  • Ivinghoe Beacon – where Harry finds the old boot port key for the Quidditch World Cup
  • Steal Falls & Black Rock Gorge – the first Triwizard challenge where Harry meets the Hungarian Horntail
  • Glen Nevis – the valley is where the maze for the final challenge in the Triwizard championship is set

The Order of the Pheonix

  • Westminster Tube Station – Mr Weasley & Harry take the tube to Harry’s trial at the ministry of magic
  • Blenheim Palace – flashback scene of Snape’s memory when he was a boy at school with Harry’s father.

The Half Blood Prince

  • Lacock village in Wiltshire – Horace Slughorns home
  • Millennium Bridge London – opening of the film where the bridge collapses as the death eaters rip through London
  • London City Hall – the exterior also featured in the first scenes
  • Great Scotland Yard – the corner where Harry & Mr Weasley entered the phone box to get into the Ministry of Magic
  • 12 Great Newport Street – this marks the alleyway that the death eaters use to enter Diagon Alley
  • Cliffs of Moher in Ireland – form the cave scenes

Deathly Hallows – Part One

  • Puzzlewood  in the Forest of Dean – where Harry, Ron & Hermione hide while chasing horcruxes
  • Claremont Square – the rows of houses are the exterior of Grimmauld Place
  • Piccadilly Circus – features as Harry, Ron & Hermione rush through the West End
  • Malham Cove – the rocky camp where Harry & Hermione hide from Voldermort
  • Hardwick Hall – is the main setting for the Malfory Mansion, the Deatheaters main hideout.
  • Loch Etive – the setting for Harry, Ron & Hermione’s camping trip. It was filmed at the northernmost part of the lake
  • Lavenham in Suffolk – birthplace of Harry & Dumbledore Godrics Hollow
  • Freshwater West Beach – home to shell cottage and Dobby’s grave
  • Loch Elitt – Eilean na Moine which is the island location of Dumbledore’s grave

Deathly Hallows Part 2

  • Loch Arkaig – exterior shots of dragon flights
  • Hatfield House – memories from Snape when Lilly & James Potter met

So that’s fifty! Of course the one  that has not been mentioned is the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. Which we also hope to take Monkey to when Kipper is a little older. If you know of any filming locations that I am missing then please let me know in the comments below.

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40 Comments

  1. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    Freshwater West beach is one of the places mentioned. It is local to me and I am sure you would enjoy a visit there

    • Andrea Fletcher Reply

      That’s a great bucket list. I have only visited the Oxford ones and Goathland station.

  2. Michelle Lewis-Robertson Reply

    I love this idea, my brother and his wife did this on their honeymoon. Have fun exploring

    • Jessica Collazo Reply

      Is my dream to go to UK but this will be super cool. Will like to try it someday in my lifetime.

  3. Carly Belsey Reply

    This is a great idea for a huge Harry Potter fan. Unfortunately I am the only fan in my house and I would love to take the children to the Warner Brother’s Studio but my daughter is a little young at the moment

  4. One of my grandsons is just getting into Harry Potter, there’s a lot to explore!

  5. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    Would be great to visit them all one day – the boys would love it

  6. I tried to convince my older kid to watch Harry Potter but he don`t want to. He has 7 yo and I think that might interest him. I`m a big fan of Harry Potter haha would be nice to watch it with my kids.

  7. James Travis Reply

    Wonderful bucket list, hope you get round to visiting as many as possible.

  8. OMFG this is an AWESOME bucket list, I would love to accomplish this someday. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  9. Fiona jk42 Reply

    Thanks for the great bucket list. My son’s girlfriend is a big Harry Potter fan and has visited most places in London, near Oxford where her parents live and a few in the north, but this list would give her loads more ideas.

  10. Nigel Soper Reply

    Great list but one would have to be real fan or real nerd to visit them all.

  11. Lees Garcia Reply

    This is awesome! What a great bucketlist to create before the visit!

  12. What a great idea. The children loved the Warner studio tour but the additional destinations would really bring the books to life for them.

  13. My nephew is biggest fan of Harry Potter. I will show this to him. I am sure that he will add all this places to his bucket list

  14. If we lived anywhere near these places, I’d definitely make sure to visit. This list is wonderful for any HP fan out there. They can use it as a guide and make sure not to miss one.

  15. Kara Guppy Reply

    We have been to Malham Cove, it is stunning, although slightly scary at the same time. There are definitely more items I want to tick off and now the kids love Harry too, it should be easier

  16. Catherine Santiago Jose Reply

    It’s wonderful! I’m also a fan of Harry Potter and I’m so happy and excited about this lists!

  17. Eileen M Loya Reply

    My husband is a big Harry Potter fan. I am sure he will enjoy being in any of those locations. Thank you so much for collating such interesting information. I will bookmark this post. Who knows we might have a chance to resume traveling this year!

  18. I wish there were filming locations here in the United States. This is such a great list for the huge fans!

  19. Oh nice. This is such a fun list of places to visit. I wish I could visit these places one day. I loved watching Harry Potter when I was younger.

  20. What a fun list to put together; I really love it. The Oxford locations especially look like they’d be fun to check out sometime.

  21. It Sounds you’re Harry Potter Fan. I think all Happy Potter Fans would love to visit these places that you mentioned sounds nice!

  22. Margaret | Live Like No One Else Reply

    What a great post. My husband would love doing something like this. He’s a huge Harry Potter fan. Our kids never really got into it. But that’s okay.

  23. I am a Harry Potter fan myself so I am in love with these idea. Love the cute glasses and the outfit. Super cool and fun.

  24. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and most of these places from the movies are on my bucket list of places to visit too. I would love to visit Borough Market.

  25. Anthea Holloway Reply

    There are some super places here – I know my family would love to go.

  26. OMG this sounds great for anyone who loves Harry Potter, me included. Thanks for sharing x

  27. We love Harry Potter movies and as a matter of fact, watched all of them during Christmas! I would love to visit these recording locations, they are amazing.

  28. I am SUCH an HP fan aaaand I atm headed to the UK this year. Thanks for this list, I’ll be adding some if not all of these locations to my itinerary so that I can enjoy some HP fandom on my trip.

  29. I actually didn’t know the places until now. I hope I can visit some of these one day in the future. Thank you for sharing it.

  30. My husband and I are Harry Potter fans. We are going to get our kids into Harry Potter as well. We would love to visit all of the filming locations. This is a great bucket list. I’m going to save this. Hopefully one day our family will get to go to a few of these places!

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