Full of filming locations and movie backdrops, the UK is high on the bucket list of any Harry Potter fan.

See the locations that inspired the books and check out the sets used for the movies with these 5 spots in the UK.

1. Leadenhall Market, London

Leadenhall Market. A charming collection of shops and eateries to most people, but to wizards and witches, this spot is actually Diagon Alley.

That’s right. The area was used as the set for Diagon Alley in the movie version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Explore the shops and check out the pretty architecture of this unique London setting. You’ll feel like you’re in the movies in no time.

2. The Elephant House, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is home to The Elephant House aka ‘the birthplace of Harry Potter’.

Yup, this quaint café isn’t just a great spot to grab a coffee. J. K. Rowling famously wrote some of the Harry Potter series here.

So, escape the cold with a hot chocolate, and sit where the beloved series was born.

Feeling creative? Bring your notebook / laptop and who knows, maybe you’ll come up with the next big thing.

3. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, London

The hub for all Harry Potter fans lives only one hour outside of London.

The Warner Brothers Studios are home to a permanent collection of props and sets that were used in the famous movies.

Walk through the Great Hall, visit Privet Drive, snoop around Dumbledore’s Office and feel small in Hagrid’s Hut.

There’s some super interesting behind the scenes facts and a chance to try some Butterbeer. Let’s do this.

4. Alnwick Castle, Alnwick

Alnwick Castle = Hogwarts in the first two movies.

The broom flying lesson of the first movie was filmed within the Castle walls. Awesome!

The Castle’s grounds have also featured in a handful of other favourites such as Downton Abbey. As if you needed another excuse to go visit

5. King’s Cross railway station, London

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The location of the iconic platform 9 ¾, King’s Cross is a must-see for any Harry Potter fan.

Alas, Muggles can’t get to the platform, but there is a Harry Potter store located next to the iconic trolley in the wall.

Grab some souvenirs from your trip to London or hoard some props for the photo op.

Keen to come check out the UK?

Hop on one of our trips that travels through the UK and channel your inner witch/wizard. 

Nicholas Hastie
Nicholas is a travel and health writer based in Brisbane. He’s driven by his hunger for all things travel, and enjoys documenting his journeys through writing and photography. Nicholas loves inspiring others to experience new adventures and create unforgettable memories.