Over the course of the eight Harry Potter movies, filmmakers used a combination of sets and on-site location filming to recreate the magic of the wizarding world that many of us dreamed about as children. Over 50 different Harry Potter filming locations throughout the UK and Ireland came together to bring this magic to reality.
Though London itself has many connections to the Boy Who Lived, it also provides a convenient base to explore many Harry Potter locations in Southern England.With these Harry Potter day trips from Lonodn you’ll be able to walk the halls of Hogwarts, visit Harry’s birthplace at Godric’s Hollow, walk the grounds of Hogwarts and more.
For Harry Potter fans, a trip to Oxford brings to life the magic of the school we all dreamed of of attending when we were kids – Hogwarts. Many different places around Oxford have served as the backdrop for the school of witchcraft and wizardry throughout the filming of the eight Harry Potter films.
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.
A trip to the Warner Bros. Studios – The Making of Harry Potter experience in London earns a top spot on the Harry Potter fan bucket list. This magical Harry Potter Studio Tour dives behind-the-scenes of filming the international phenomenon that has captured the hearts, minds and childhoods of people from all across the world.
As the childhood home to J.K. Rowling, Gloucester boasts many connections to the Harry Potter series. Not only do the roots of the Potters and the Dursleys stem from this area, but filmmakers used historic Gloucester Cathedral as one of the Harry Potter filming locations for Hogwarts.
As Harry Potter fans, we all grew up waiting for that much anticipated letter to drop through our front doors. The wizarding war of the 1990s definitely might have prevented some of our letters from making it through, but for those who never got the chance to attend the famous wizard school of Hogwarts, don’t fret!
Alnwick looks like a town frozen in time. Medieval Alnwick Castle towers over the centuries old town. If you removed the cars, you’d almost certainly feel like you were in the 1800s and not the 2000s. Many travelers flock to Alnwick because of the castle’s connection to Harry Potter, but there’s plenty of other things to do in Alnwick.
A visit to Alnwick Castle transports you not just back to the medieval times, but into the magical world of Harry Potter. This 700-year old castle and fortress provided many of the exterior shots of Hogwarts during the filming of the first two Harry Potter films.
Housed in an old train station, Barter Books marks itself as one of the most unique bookstores in the world. This independently-owned bookshop is located in the Northern England town of Alnwick and contains thousands of secondhand books within its walls. If that’s not enough to get your bookshop wanderlust going, here are 6 reasons you need to visit Barter Books.