Harry Potter attractions in London and Oxford

Visit Harry Potter film locations independently in London and Oxford or take a tour


Kings Cross Station London,  Harry Potter Shop, Platform 9 3/4

Harry Potter Shop: Kings Cross Station London, Platform 9 3/4 

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Harry Potter™ films were the most successful film series of all time. Many of the scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot within London itself.

 

Many more are in locations within the scope of a day's trip from London, including Oxford and further afield. Oxford can be reached within an hour from London, has many Harry Potter connections and there are even guided walking tours.


There are different options for exploring the Harry Potter world. There are a vast range of Harry Potter walking tours to choose from, but it is also perfectly possible to locate many of the film locations yourself.

 

Of course, no Harry Potter fan would complete their list of Harry Potter attractions without a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, just one hour from London.

 

The studio tour was opened in 2012 and has been an instant success proving very popular with both fans and those with limited exposure to Harry Potter.

 

This page introduces some of the many locations in both London and Oxford, used in the Harry Potter film series, as well as many that provided J.K. Rowling with inspiration for her best selling books.

 

 

 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - what to expect and how to get there

The studios are an hour's drive from London, the nearest major town being Watford. Warner Bros. has used the studio facilities just outside Watford since 2000 and has produced all eight Harry Potter films at the site.

 

The tour itself is a walking tour that on average takes around 3 to 3.5 hours. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter gives visitors an upclose experience of the extraordinary detailed sets of the Harry Potter film series.


The studio tour is on the edge of London and it is possible to visit independently. You can take a train from London to Watford Junction from where a special shuttle bus runs to the studio attraction. Watford Junction can be reached using London's public transport passes, Oyster or Travelcard, although it has a special travel zone that is comparatively expensive.

 

The simplest option avoiding all the hassle of using connecting trains and buses is to use the tour's dedicated shuttle bus services that depart from Central London direct to the studios with shuttle and admission tickets bundled into one package. (See table at foot of this page.)

 

Warner Bros. Studio - what to expect

Warner Bros. Studio - how to get there by public transport

 

Harry Potter locations in Central London

There are many Harry Potter filming locations in London. Below are listed some of the more popular/memorable. You really need a good guide book to bring them alive describing their place in the respective Harry Potter films they featured.


Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station

Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station, London

Platform 9 3/4: Kings Cross Station London

Kings Cross Station is of course the departure point for students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, of which its most famous student, Harry Potter, attends. The Hogwarts Express departs from Platform 9 ¾.


Within Kings Cross Station, the major train station in London for trains to Edinburgh and Scotland, a tourist attraction has been established, with a luggage trolley half embedded in the wall, where you can re-enact your own Harry Potter moment.

 

To save congestion with queues of people, this is now to be found in the main hall area of Kings Cross station - not between platforms 9 and 10 as you might think.

 

Between the hours of 9am and 9pm you can pay to have a professional photographer and an assistant help you get the best possible photo, complete with Harry Potter scarf and/ or wand. You can still take your own photo here for free.

 

If you can only visit during peak periods and have money to spare, you may wish to consider purchasing VIP Photo Pass lanyard. This includes a platform 9 ¾ lanyard, your photograph and queue jump, all for £20. 

 

However, if this is too commercial for you then it is best to visit outside these hours to avoid the queues. Note: the queues can start before 9am so you will need to be early for this.

 

Nearby is the Harry Potter gift shop selling a multitude of Harry Potter related merchandise; from wands to robes, scarves, sweets, bags, mugs, books and much more. Store opening times are between 8am - 10pm every day except Sunday (9am - 9pm).

 

If you wish to visit the spot where the filming actually took place, you will need to go to platforms 4 and 5, as this was where there was a suitable place with a brick wall to film.

 

Kings Cross Station - more details

 

Renaissance Hotel St Pancras London

Like Hogwarts: Renaissance Hotel St Pancras

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Station and Renaissance Hotel are located next door to Kings Cross Station. The magnificent Victorian (neo-Gothic style) St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel was chosen for exterior shots as a stand in for Kings Cross station in the Harry Potter films.

 

The hotel has its own interesting history; in recent times both the station and hotel were highly neglected and threatened with demolition. A major renovation project during the early part of the 21st Century saw both these buildings rise like a phoenix from the near flames, now a major hub and one of London’s most celebrated landmarks.

 

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is one of London's most luxurious hotels; reasonable rooms can be bought from £200 a night but three bedroomed apartments are around £10,000 a night.

 

St Pancras 4 Star hotels

 

In the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it was here where the Weasley's magical Ford Anglia was parked in a corner of the courtyard; later shots show the car flying above the Hotel, passing the large clock tower of St Pancras. The clock is a modern replica of the original, sadly smashed in the 1970s, but like everything about St Pancras, born again new, and now much loved.


Cecil Court- Diagon Alley- Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles - Viator London

Cecil Court: Inspiration for Diagon Alley, Harry Potter

Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Road is known for its second-hand bookshops on the edge of theatre district and China Town in London.

 

In the books, the Leaky Cauldron pub and inn for wizards, which serves as a gateway between the non-wizarding world and Diagon Alley is located on Muggle street of Charing Cross Road.

 

Charing Cross Road - for booklovers

 

Cecil Court

Cecil Court, just off Charing Cross Road, is a small pedestrian Victorian street, dating back to the 1600s. Cecil Court is one of J.K. Rowling's favourite streets in London and thought to be inspiration for Diagon Alley.

 

Cecil Court is famous for its bookshops - even selling first edition Harry Potter books! Many obscure and rare bookshops can be found here, including, naturally enough, books on witchcraft and magic.

 

London Zoo

London Zoo is the film location for the scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001). The scene is at the beginning of the film in the Reptile House where Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) first discovers his gift for talking with snakes.

 

Here, he speaks the famous language of parseltongue, and magically the glass wall dissappears; the boa constrictor in question is released.

 

London zoo - more details


Harry Potter film location: Leadenhall Market

Diagon Alley: film location at Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is one of London's oldest and most magnificent Victorian covered markets in the City of London, near Liverpool Street Station and the Tower of London.

 

It was used for exterior shots of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. At Bull's Head Passage you can find an opticians that was used as the entrance to the wizard’s pub, the Leaky Cauldron.

 

Leadenhall Market - more details

 

Borough Market and Stoney Street

Borough Market, on the south bank of the river is one of London's oldest food markets, dating back to the 13th century. Borough Market was used as a film location in Harry Potter and the Prince of Azkaban, where the Knight Bus is shown speeding down the main street, stopping at the Leaky Cauldron, just down the road from Borough Market at Stoney Street.

 

The location of Leadenhall Market for the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron was moved after the first film to Stoney Street. At Stoney Street you can also see the shop next to the 'Leaky Cauldron', used as the set for The Third Hand Book Emporium.

 

Borough Market - more details

 

St Paul's Cathedral

The dome of St. Paul's was used as the backdrop in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in the scene when the Death Eaters attack the Millennium Bridge. In addition interior shots of the Geometric Stair were taken in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the staircase to Professor Trelawney's Divination Tower.

 

St Paul's Cathedral - more details

 

Goodwin's Court- Knockturn Alley- Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles - Viator London

Goodwin's Court: inspiration for
Knockturn Alley from Harry Potter series

Goodwin’s Court

Good win's Court is a gem of a place in London with much medieval character. A small alley, it dates back to 1627, and features old tall houses with Georgian bowed windows, once a line of shops. At night it really displays its past as it comes to life with three large original gas lamps.

 

Like many of the places in London, Goodwin's Court was visited by J.K. Rowling herself and provided her with the inspiration for the darker destination of Knockturn Alley in her books.

 

London's bridges

In the opening sequence of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince the Millenium Bridge is shown swinging wildly before collapsing into the river.

 

There is a scene with a Harry and his friends in a broomstick chase in The Order of the Phoenix where Harry flies past London’s most iconic bridge, Tower Bridge.

 

Finally Lambeth Bridge (west of Tower Bridge) is featured in The Prisoner of Azkaban where the Knight Bus squeezes between two regular London buses whilst crossing the bridge.


Australia House, The Strand

Scenes for Gringotts Wizarding Bank (the only known bank of the wizarding world) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were filmed in the grand interior of Australia House on the Strand.

 

Harry Potter tours in London

Sometimes a tour is the best option, for insider information and fun, enthusiastic Harry Potter guides.

 

Harry Potter walking tour and black taxi tour, London

Harry Potter Muggles walking tour, London

Harry Potter bus tour, London

 

Harry Potter locations in Oxford

Oxford is another much used location for the Harry Potter films. Like London, nearly all the locations are attractions in themselves without the Harry Potter connections and there are other attractions very close by. Ideal to keep both parents and kids happy at the same time.

 

There are official Harry Potter walking tours that operate out of the tourist office - some of them are also free!

Oxford is very easy to travel to from London by bus or train or there are of course tours too.

 

Visiting Oxford - more details

Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Oxford in one day

 

Harry Potter filmed at Christ Church Oxford

Harry Potter films: Christ Church Oxford

Christ Church

Perhaps the most visited college in Oxford. Also home to the Tudor Great Hall - inspiration for Hogwart's own Great Hall dining room. From photographs of this hall a studio set was built with many similarities!

 

You can also view the grand stairway where Professor McGonagall meets Harry, Ron and Hermione and the others in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

 

The Cloisters or hallways were used for the scene where Herminione shows Harry the Quidditch trophy his father had won.


Bodleian Library

The Divinity School with its gothic vaulted ceiling served as Hogwarts infirmary in four films, and where Professor McGonagall taught students to dance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

 

The Duke Humphrey’s Library was Hogwarts library. Both are located at the Bodleian Library, where tours can be booked.


New College

Used as a location in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you can visit the south cloisters walk where in the film young wizards wear 'Potter stinks' badges.

 

Also see the northwest corner of the cloisters grass quadrangle where under the great Holm Oak scenes of Mad-Eye Moody turning Malfoy into a ferret were filmed.

 


Harry Potter themed tours & activities in and around London with tour detail pages

Tours from London including Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + central London coach transfer - Golden Tours

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + central London coach transfer - Premium Tours

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + central London coach transfer - Evan Evans

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + Oxford walking tour - International Friends

Warner Bros. Studio Tour shuttle from central London (transport only)

Harry Potter tours within London

Harry Potter walking tour of London - every Sunday, 2.5 hours am + pm

Harry Potter Muggles walking tour of London - most days, 2.5 hours, am + pm

Harry Potter private London black taxi tour of London

Harry Potter three hour bus tour of London

Harry Potter locations within London & Oxford including Platform 9 3/4

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