7 Diagon Alley Locations You Can Visit in the UK

While we Muggles may never be able to find the exact brick wall that lets us enter Diagon Alley, there are a number of locations that we can visit in the UK to recreate the magic of this wizard shopping street. Scattered across London, York and Edinburgh these seven Diagon Alley locations either helped to inspire J.K. Rowling in imagining Diagon Alley for the books or served as a filming location in the Harry Potter movies.  

Diagon Alley London Locations 

London boasts five Diagon Alley locations that you can visit in real life. Three of these were used as filming locations for Diagon Alley during the making of the Harry Potter films. Meanwhile the other two helped to provide inspiration for the original creation of J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley. 

1. Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Diagon Alley at Warner Brothers Studio in London

The most recognizable Diagon Alley location on this list will be the main Diagon Alley set used for filming at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour just outside of London. This is the only option of the seven on this list that you have to pay to visit. 

The Diagon Alley set at the Warner Brother Studio Tour features many shops you’ll recognize from the film including Ollivanders, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Flourish and Blotts. In addition to Diagon Alley, you’ll get to walk through the Great Hall, explore more of Hogwarts, sit on the Hogwarts Express and so much more during a trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Everything you could possibly want to know about visiting the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour can be found in this guide here.

Info for Visiting Diagon Alley at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Address: Studio Tour Dr, Watford WD25 7LR, UK

Cost: Ticket costs can be found on the Warner Brothers website

How to Get to Warner Brothers Studio Tour: Take the West Midlands Train from London Euston to Watford Junction. This journey takes about 20 minutes. From there, take the studio-sponsored shuttle to Warner Brothers Studio Tour. 

Hours: Daily 8:30am-10:00pm (hours may vary with special events)

Other Info: You need to purchase your ticket ahead of coming to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. More tips and tricks for visiting the Warner Brother Studio Tour in London can be found in this helpful guide. 

2. Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market - Diagon Alley in London

In the very first film, Harry and Hagrid walk through the bustling Leadenhall Market to make their way to the Leaky Cauldron and from there into Diagon Alley. Walking under the covered market with its red painted walls, you’ll instantly feel as though you’re walking onto the set of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Look for a blue shop called the Glass House Opticians. This shop was used as the exterior for the Leaky Cauldron during the filming of the Sorcerer’s Stone. Since this shop was unoccupied during filming, set designers painted the shop black and hung up a Leaky Cauldron sign for the scene. 

Info for Visiting Diagon Alley at Leadenhall Market

Address: Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT, UK

Cost: Free 

Closest Tube Station: Monument, Bank or Aldgate 

Hours: Open 24 Hours 

3. Borough Market 

Borough Market, a Diagon Alley London Location

Filmmakers moves the entrance to Diagon Alley from Leadenhall Market to Borough Market for the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The Knight Bus drops Harry off at the Leaky Cauldron, which in real life is the Mexican restaurant of Tacos El Pastor. Tom greets Harry here before whisking him inside the wizard pub and inn that guards the entrance to Diagon Alley in London. 

A few shops down, you’ll find a pub called the Market Porter. The interior of this pub was used to shoot some of the interior shots of the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley for Prisoner of Azkaban. As any Harry Potter fan will know, wizards have to go through the Leaky Cauldron in order to find the brick wall that opens up to reveal Diagon Alley. 

Info for Visiting Diagon Alley at Borough Market

Address: 7A Stoney St, London SE1 9AA, UK

Cost: Free 

Closest Tube Station: London Bridge 

Hours: The street is accessible 24 hours, Borough Market is open Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm and is closed on Sunday

4. Cecil Court 

Cecil Court, JK Rowling's Inspiration for Diagon Alley in London

In the books, the entrance to Diagon Alley in London sits on Charing Cross Road. Just off Charing Cross Road an adorable street full of bookstores believed to have inspired J.K. Rowling’s creation of Diagon Alley for the Harry Potter books.

Each of the bookstores on this one-block street are worth a wander. There’s even a few that carry special and signed editions of the Harry Potter novels! 

Info for Visiting Diagon Alley at Cecil Court 

Address: Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4EZ, UK

Cost: Free 

Closest Tube Station: Leicester Square Station 

Hours: 24 hours 

5. Goodwin’s Court 

Goodwin's Court - Diagon Alley Location in London

Just a short walk away from Cecil Court you’ll find another Diagon Alley location in London. With its curved bay windows, zig zagging buildings, and tight alleyways, you’ll think you stepped onto the set of Diagon Alley in the movies. And for good reason. Filmmakers used this street as one of the many inspirations they used to recreate the wizard street of Diagon Alley in London. 

Info for Visiting Diagon Alley at Goodwin’s Court

Address: Goodwin’s Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4EA, UK

Cost: Free 

Closest Tube Station: Leicester Square Station 

Hours: 24 hours 

6. Diagon Alley York 

The Shambles - Diagon Alley York Location

So much about the historic northern town of York feels magical, but a walk down the colorful medieval street of the Shambles will transport you into the Diagon Alley of York. Buildings from the middle ages jut out at different angles on this cobblestone lined street. 

While not officially confirmed, it’s believed that the Shambles in York inspired both J.K. Rowling and filmmakers in creating Diagon Alley for the books and movies. In addition to its influence on the literary and cinematic creation of Diagon Alley, the Shambles also features a number of Harry Potter-themed shops. Towards the Pavement-side of the street, you’ll find three Harry Potter merchandise shops: The Shop that Must Not Be Named, The Boy Wizard and World of Wizardry. Farther down there’s also a potion making shop aptly called The Potions Cauldron. 

To learn more about all the Harry Potter ties in this historic city besides Diagon Alley, check out this magical guide to Harry Potter locations in York

Info for Visiting Diagon Alley in York 

Address: The Shambles, York YO1 7LX, UK

Cost: Free 

Hours: 24 hours 

7. Diagon Alley Edinburgh 

Victoria Street - Diagon Alley Edinburgh Location

Since J.K. Rowling wrote most of the books in the Scottish city of Edinburgh, it’s no wonder there would be a Diagon Alley inspiration in Edinburgh. The colorful street of Victoria Street claims the title of Diagon Alley in Edinburgh. 

Located not too far from Spoon (formerly Nicholson’s Cafe), where J.K. Rowling wrote most of the first Harry Potter book, it’s easy to believe there’s a connection between this whimsical street in Edinburgh and the descriptions of Diagon Alley in the books. In addition to its tie to Diagon Alley, Victoria Street also features a few Harry Potter shops of its own. 

The must-visit is Museum Context, which looks exactly as you would expect a Diagon Alley shop to look. In addition to having the typical wizarding world merchandise, there’s a few quirky Harry Potter gifts you can get here as well as books on the occult and magic in the muggle world. There’s also a few Harry Potter easter eggs in this Edinburgh Diagon Alley shop, including a replica basilisk and the opportunity to take a photo in Hogwarts robes. You can also find a location for The Boy Wizard on Victoria Street.  

To explore more of the Harry Potter ties to the J.K. Rowling’s home, walk the Potter Trail in Edinburgh

Info for Visiting Diagon Alley in Edinburgh

Address: Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2JW, UK

Cost: Free 

Hours: 24 hours 

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