Goathland Train Station – North Yorkshire, England
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One of six stops on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which travels between Pickering and Whitby, Goathland station appeared in the first Harry Potter movie as Hogsmeade station. This was where the Hogwarts Express stopped for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – London, England
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Used as the entrance to King’s Cross station in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the original Midland Grand Hotel, which opened in 1873, was designed by George Gilbert Scott. It changed names after an extensive renovation restored it to its former glory in 2011, ending decades of neglect.
Ashridge Wood – Berkshire, England
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The Quidditch World Cup (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) was held in this woodland, part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Many walkers frequent the woods, where they can find ash, oak and cherry trees as well as pretty flowering woodland plants.
Great Scotland Yard – London, England
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The entrance to the Ministry of Magic is located at the corner of Scotland Place and Great Scotland Yard. The telephone booth Harry and Mr Weasley use to enter in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince isn’t there but you can recognise the streetscape from the Deathly Hallows Part 1 when, accompanied by Hermione and Ron, Harry sneaks back into the ministry.
Glen Coe – Argyll, Scotland
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An ancient caldera shaped by glacial movement, this valley is a popular destination for hikers and climbers and considered one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland. It appears in several Harry Potter movies and is best known as the setting for Hagrid’s Hut.
Gloucester Cathedral – Gloucester, England
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Dating back to the 11th century, the fan-vaulted cloisters of this Norman and Gothic-style church featured in three Harry Potter films as the interior of Hogwarts School. They were designed in the late 14th century and are the earliest surviving example of this type of arched ceiling.
Glenfinnan Viaduct – Inverness-shire, Scotland
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Officially opened in 1901, the Glenfinnan Viaduct sits on the West Highland Line overlooking Loch Shiel and is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland. The Hogwarts Express travels over this bridge to get students to and from Hogwarts School.
King’s Cross Station – London, England
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Although scenes on Platform 9¾, where students board the Hogwarts Express in all of the Harry Potter films, were actually filmed on platforms 4 and 5 at King’s Cross station, today you’ll find a sign marking its location between platforms 9 and 10. Look for the luggage trolley halfway through the wall.
Reptile House – ZSL London Zoo, England
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Part of London Zoo, Reptile House opened in 1927 and was designed by the Curator of Reptiles at the time, Joan Beauchamp Procter. Although it’s actually home to the zoo’s black mamba, Harry frees a Burmese python from its enclosure here in the first Harry Potter film.
Loch Eilt – Lochaber, Scotland
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As well as being the backdrop to the grounds of Hogwarts, one of the many islands on this freshwater lake – namely Eilean na Mòine – was filmed as the site of the White Tomb, Dumbledore’s final resting place in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Durham Cathedral – Durham, England
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Founded in 1093, Durham Cathedral holds services to this day and attracts tourists who come to look over the surrounding countryside from its 66-metre-high central tower. Both the interior and exterior spaces of this Norman edifice were used as sets for Hogwarts School.
Leadenhall Market – City of London, England
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Although the market dates back to the 14th century, Leadenhall is most famous for being one of the oldest Victorian covered markets (designed in 1881) in the city. In the first Harry Potter movie, it was used as the setting for the Leaky Cauldron pub and Diagon Alley.
Millennium Bridge – London, England
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This is the bridge that is destroyed by Death Eaters in the opening scenes of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Originally opened in 2000, the Millennium Bridge was closed for two years to eliminate the motion that resulted in Londoners giving it the nickname of Wobbly Bridge.
Alnwick Castle – Northumberland, England
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Alnwick is the next-largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor, having been occupied by the Dukes of Northumberland since the 14th century. It was used as a stand-in for Hogwarts School in two of the Harry Potter films. Visit today for Potter-related fun: see the State Rooms, try your hand at Broomstick Training or take on the Knight’s Quest.
Seven Sisters Country Park – East Sussex, England
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The iconic white Seven Sisters chalk cliffs (comprised of seven hills) featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire during the PortKey scene, when Harry and his travelling companions use a pair of boots to get to the Quidditch World Cup.
Claremont Square – London, England
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A row of houses along Claremont Square (a square, grass-covered reservoir) appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Number 12 Grimmauld Place – headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix. The original railings date back to the early 19th century. Image: Spudgun67 (CC BY 2.0)
The Jacobite – West Highland Railway Line, Scotland
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This steam locomotive train service only started running in 1984, after steam trains were pulled from the line in 1967. It runs between Fort William and Mallaig and crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct. In the Harry Potter movies, The Hogwarts Express is actually The Jacobite.
Lacock Abbey – Wiltshire, England
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Professor Snape and Quirinus Quirrell’s classes take place in Lacock Abbey, originally built as a nunnery in the 13th century, and the cloisters were also used as parts of Hogwarts. Lacock Village, which also retains an authentic air, was used in the Half-Blood Prince for the scenes in Budleigh Babberton (where Horace Slughorn resides).
Virginia Water Lake – Surrey, England
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The man-made lake of Virginia Water is positioned at the southern end of Windsor Great Park near a town of the same name. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry rides the Hippogriff over this lake – in the movie, it lies in the valley below Hogwarts School.
Hardwick Hall – Derbyshire, England
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An Elizabethan house dating back to the late 16th century, Hardwick Hall is famous for its large windows, Renaissance architecture and for being built by Bess of Hardwick, also known as Elizabeth Talbot, the Countess of Shrewsbury, a powerful member of the Elizabethan aristocracy. In the Harry Potter movies, it served as the family home of the Malfoys. Both the property and expansive grounds are open to the public.
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