Magical Guide to Lacock Harry Potter Filming Locations
You may have never heard of the village of Lacock, but this historic little hamlet has provided the backdrop for Hogwarts and other filming locations from the Harry Potter movies.
The most famous of these filming locations is the 13th Century Lacock Abbey. After bearing witness to more than 800 years of history, the halls of this mostly intact medieval structure emote the magic that brings the halls of Hogwarts to life in the first two Harry Potter films and Crimes of Grindelwald.
Additionally, areas of the Lacock village have been featured in Harry Potter. Little of the village of Lacock has changed for hundreds of years, making it an ideal location for the timeless look that filmmakers sought for on-location filming.
This magical guide will show you around all of the Harry Potter filming locations in Lacock.
Harry Potter Filming Locations in Lacock Table of Contents
- Harry Potter Filming Locations in Lacock
- Map of Harry Potter Filming Locations in Lacock
- Tips for Visiting Lacock and Lacock Abbey
Harry Potter Filming Locations in Lacock
Village of Budleigh Babberton
Where to Find: Church Street
When you step into the streets of Lacock, you’re really stepping into “the charming little village of Budleigh Babberton.” At least, that’s how Dumbledore puts it when he and Harry apparate into the village at night in search of Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. And boy, is Lacock a charming little village.
Dumbledore and Harry arrive in Budleigh Babberton on the corner of Church Street. In the scene, you notice the distinctive medieval timber building sitting on the corner of the street. Unfortunately, the monument that sits in the middle of the road was a prop brought in for the film and does not actually exist in Lacock.
You’ll see the village again when Harry and Dumbledore walk away from the Slughorn Hideout House. However, ironically, as the pair stroll by the Sign of the Angel hotel, they are walking towards the house rather than away from it.
Horace Slughorn’s Hideout House
Where to Find: Cantax Hill in between Church Street and Chapel Hill
If you continue on Cantax Hill past Church Street, you’ll find the filming location of Horace Slughorn’s Hideout House in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. On Google Maps the house is helpfully labeled as “Horace Slughorn’s Hideaway House.”
The house stands out with its distinguished red brick and dark green door. A wooden gate flanked by two stone pillars that are topped with urns mark the entrance to the private home.
Harry and Dumbledore enter the house to find the muggle home in disarray, only to discover it’s all a ruse crafted by Slughorn who has been hiding out to avoid discovery by the Death Eaters. As Harry and Dumbledore leave Slughorn to his hiding, you’ll once again see the exterior of the house and Slughorn running out to accept the offer of returning to Hogwarts.
Lacock Abbey Harry Potter Filming Locations
The 13th Century Lacock Abbey is no stranger to the Harry Potter films having served as the filming location for Hogwarts in many Harry Potter films including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone, as well as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. You’ll also recognize the halls of Lacock Abbey from the more recently filmed Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald.
Halls of Hogwarts
Where to find: Lacock Abbey Cloisters
Lacock Abbey provides the backdrops for many of the scenes from Hogwarts during the first two Harry Potter films, as well as in the second Fantastic Beasts film, Crimes of Grindelwald. The almost 800 year old walls of these arched hallways evoke their own sort of magic, making it feel as if you’ve stepped into the wizarding school.
Harry Potter Scenes Filmed at the Lacock Abbey Cloisters:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- After watching Harry fly to retrieve Neville’s Remembrall from Malfoy, Professor McGonagall guides Harry through the cloister hallways until they come to Professor Quirrell’s classroom (more on that below) to retrieve Oliver Wood, the captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team.
- After leaving the Restricted Section (filmed in Oxford, not Lacock), Harry steps back into the hallways at the Lacock Abbey Cloisters to find Snape threatening. When Filch interrupts Snape and Quirrell, you can see Harry silently slip into another room that houses the Mirror of Erised (also filmed at Lacock Abbey, more information below).
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- After leaving detention with Professor Lockhart, Harry runs through the hallways of the cloisters as he hears the basilisk snaking through the walls for the first time. Hermione and Ron come across Harry as he’s listening to the walls before the trio turn the corner into a new filming location (Gloucester Cathedral) to find Mrs. Norris petrified and the “Enemies of the Heir Beware” message written in blood on the wall.
- Shortly after speaking parseltongue in front of the school, Harry escapes a gossipy study hall and again walks through the hallways of the cloisters where he again hears the basilisk moving through the walls. However, when he turns the corner to find a petrified Nearly Headless Nick and Justin Finch-Fletchley Harry has once again turned the corner into a new filming location at Durham Cathedral.
- Harry and Ron decode Hermione’s message to discover the beast within the Chamber of Secrets and where the entrance to the chamber is located.
Crimes of Grindelwald
- During Leta Lestrange’s flashbacks to her time in Hogwarts we see students walking through the cloister halls as one student says “even the name Lestrange makes me feel sick.” A young Leta then jumps out and puts a charm on the gossiper that removes her mouth.
- After being chased to outside of Lacock Abbey, Leta sneaks back into the cloister hallways where Professor McGonagall returns the gossiper’s mouth.
Where to Find: Lacock Abbey Cloisters
Lacock Abbey provided the backdrop for two Hogwarts classrooms during the filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts.
Snape’s Classroom in Sorcerer’s Stone
The Sacrisity Room, located just off the cloisters at Lacock Abbey, served as the filming location for Snape’s Classroom in the first Harry Potter film. The Sacrisity Room can be found in the second room to the left of the entrance of the cloisters.
It is here that Snape and Harry have their first interaction. Calling on Harry, Snape says:
“Mr. Potter! Our new celebrity. Tell me what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Though often seen as Snape attacking Harry, there’s a deep hidden meaning in these seemingly taunting words that I’ve only just recently learned. According to Pottermore, Victorian Flower Language plays a heavy hand here. Asphodel is a type of lily that says “my regrets follow you to the grave.” On the other hand, wormwood typically stands for deep regret or bitterness. Combined this taunt translates to “I deeply regret Lily’s death.”
Quirrell’s Classroom in Sorcerer’s Stone
Featured briefly during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we see Professor Quirrell’s office when Professor McGonagall asks to borrow Gryffindor Quidditch Captain Oliver Wood from class to introduce him to the new seeker of the team, Harry Potter.
Known as the Warming Room, the resemblance to Quirrell’s classroom can be found in the giant black cauldron that sits in the middle of the room. In the scene, you see Quirrell standing over the cauldron during his lesson. The room has been transformed to feature full-scale skeletons of animals, hanging parchments and tapestries during filming.
Interestingly, the cauldron in the middle of the room was not just a film prop. The large cauldron’s existence at Lacock Abbey dates back to 1500 when it was likely used as a pot for cooking. It was moved to the Warming Room in the 18th Century to be used as an ornament. During filming set production built a stage around the cauldron, whereas in reality the cauldron stands on a small half column in the middle of the room.
When you enter Lacock Abbey Cloister, turn right and follow the hallway until you find the door to enter the Warming Room.
Chapter House – Mirror of Erised and Various Hogwarts Spaces
Where to find: Lacock Abbey Cloisters
Filmmakers used Lacock Abbey’s Chapter House for a variety of Hogwarts rooms throughout the films. Its most notable role includes playing host to the infamous Mirror of Erised, which shows the viewer “nothing more and nothing less than our most profound and desperate desires of our hearts.” It has also served as a study room in the second Harry Potter movie, as well as a classroom in Crimes of Grindelwald.
When you enter Lacock Abbey Cloisters, turn left and the first room you come to will be the Chapter House.
Harry Potter Scenes Filmed at the Lacock Abbey Chapter House:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- This room housed the Mirror of Erised during the filming of the first Harry Potter movie. Harry first discovers the room when he hides from Filch and Snape after wandering around late at night and sees his parents in the infamous mirror.
- He then brings Ron to the room the next morning to show him his parents. Instead, Ron sees himself as head boy and quidditch captain.
- Finally, Harry sits in front of the mirror when he and Dumbledore have their first conversation. Dumbledore warns Harry that the mirror will be moved to a new location the next morning and leaves Harry with one of my favorite quotes from the series:
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that”Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Just after speaking parseltongue in front of the school, Harry, Ron and Hermione attempt to study by Harry is distract by all of the whispers and gossip occuring around the study hall.
Crimes of Grindelwald
- Leta Lestrange enters a classroom during her reminiscing walk through Hogwarts. She opens a desk that has “L+N” inscribed as she thinks back on her time at Hogwarts.
- Once again, Lacock Abbey houses the Mirror of Erised in the Fantastic Beasts series. Dumbledore stands in front of the mirror and sees the flashback of him and Grindelwald making their blood pact to not fight one another as youths.
Where to find: Lacock Abbey
The exterior of Lacock Abbey features briefly during Crimes of Grindelwald. After Leta performs a charm that removes the mouth of one of the students gossiping about her, she runs through the Lacock Abbey cloisters and out of the abbey to show the building exterior of the Abbey. The scenery in the background has been digitally altered to show the Scottish Highlands.
Potter’s Cottage in Sorcerer’s Stone
Where to find: At the end of Church Street, near Lacock Pottery
At the very end of Church Street stands a charming stone house with a blue door. On a bright sunny day you’d forget that this cheery house set the scene of one of the most tragic moments in the first Harry Potter film. This house is the house of the Potter’s in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
It’s here that we see Voldemort on a dark stormy night throw open the wooden gate and enter the house to kill Harry’s parents and attempt to kill Harry as well. Instead, as we all know, the spell backfired and Harry becomes the boy who lived.
Map of Harry Potter Filming Locations in Lacock
Tips for Visiting Lacock and Laccock Abbey
How to Get to Lacock
How to get to Lacock by Public Transport
The closest train station to Lacock is in the nearby town of Chippenham. Trains stop here regularly to and from London, Bath and Bristol.
Average train journey times:
- London: 1h 15 minutes from London Paddington
- Bath: 11 minutes from Bath Spa
- Bristol: 25 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads
Once off the train, you’ll need to take the X34 bus to Frome. The stop to catch the bus from is about a 10 minute walk from the train station, on the road just outside of the Waitrose and across from the Best Western Angel hotel. Time tables can be found on the Faresaver website.
You can get a day pass to the bus for £7 and pay on board the bus. Try to bring exact cash if possible and hold onto the receipt as you’ll need it to get back to Chippenham once you’ve finished your time at Lacock. Alternatively, you can purchase a mobile phone ticket at mymobiletickets.com ahead of time. For more information on fares, check out the Faresaver website.
How to get to Lacock by Car
To get to Lacock from London, you’ll drive about 2 hours westward on the M4 and take exit 17.
To get to Lacock from Bath, you’ll drive about 30 minutes on either the A4 or the A365.
You’ll need to pay for parking once in the village. Parking can be found across from the entrance to Lacock Abbey.
Lacock Abbey Visiting Information
Where to Find Lacock Abbey
Address: High St, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LG
Lacock Abbey is located just off the High Street. If you’re coming from the center of the town, just follow the High Street down until you come to Lacock Abbey on the left hand side.
Lacock Abbey Opening Hours
Different areas of Lacock Abbey open at different times. The earliest opening Monday to Sunday is 10:30am for the Lacock Abbey Cloisters, Abbey Grounds and Fox Talbot Museum. All other areas of Lacock Abbey open at 11am. The Abbey Rooms and Tearoom close at 5pm, all other areas (including the Cloisters) close at 5pm.
Check opening hours before you visit as the Abbey is sometimes closed for filming or other events. Up to date information can be found on the Lacock Abbey website.
Tickets for Lacock Abbey
Ticket prices for Lacock Abbey are £14.50 for adults and include admission to Lacock Abbey and its grounds, as well as to the Fox Talbot Museum. Children get in for £7.20.
Other Harry Potter Filming Locations to Visit
- Ultimate Harry Potter London Guide
- Visit Dobby’s Grave and Shell Cottage at Freshwater West
- Harry Potter Guide to York
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows filming location at Malham Cove
- Learn how to fly a broomstick at Alnwick Castle
- Walk the halls where Harry freed Dobby at Durham Cathedral
- Visit Malfoy Manor at Hardwick Hall