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The Best Harry Potter Experiences In The UK

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Brace yourself for a journey beyond the ordinary, as we guide you through the portals of enchantment, revealing the most magical and captivating Harry Potter experiences in the UK. Potterheads, are you ready to live out your wizard dream?

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Harry Potter Experiences In England

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

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The Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, near London, are one of the best harry potter experiences in the UK. It’s where all eight Harry Potter movies were produced. Without a doubt, a famous attraction for Harry Potter fans and movie buffs, allowing them to step into the magical and wizarding world.

This location is stocked with Harry Potter props and costumes and includes the original Hogwarts Express that you can board at Platform 9 ¾. Some of the highlights are The Great Hall, a replica of the iconic Hogwarts dining hall, the dark secrets of the Forbidden Forest, Professor Umbridge’s Office, and preserved character’s clothes. Make sure to book your tickets in advance!

Moreover, if you’re searching for the best places to visit in the UK this winter — look no further because Harry Potter Studio turns into a dreamy winter wonderland with Christmas celebrations. Enjoy Christmas dinner in Hogwarts’ Great Hall, participate in the Yule Ball, and check out sets like Diagon Alley transformed for Christmas.

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

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Harry Potter Film Locations In London, England

Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station
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London is rich with Harry Potter film locations, as many iconic scenes from the Harry Potter series were shot in and around the city.

Visit Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, the Piccadilly Circus vibrant road junction seen in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I” where Harry, Ron, and Hermione flee from the Death Eaters, Bull’s Head Passage in London’s Leadenhall Market, and Australia House known for the wizard’s bank run by goblins in the Harry Potter movies.

For more details about these locations read our guide to the 19 Must-Visit Harry Potter Filming Locations in the UK!

Harry Potter Experiences In Scotland

Harry Potter Film Locations In Scotland

Loch Etive in Scotland

Every fan of harry potter books and movies needs to visit the breathtaking Loch Etive which can be seen in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Then, go to Clachaig Gully in Glencoe where Hagrid’s Hut used to stand.

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The Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite steam train seen in Harry Potter movies

The Jacobite Steam Train departs from Fort William and ends in Mallaig, allowing visitors to experience some of the Scottish highlands’ most stunning scenery. It will take you near the iconic 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct, a location made famous in the Harry Potter universe.

Harry Potter Sites In Edinburgh, Scotland

the magical Edinburgh Castle located on top of a hill

Edinburgh is a wonderful city known for its rich history and charming architecture, and it also has connections to the world of Harry Potter.

Greyfriars Kirkyard is a place where J.K. Rowling supposedly found inspiration for many of the characters’ names including Potter himself, Professor McGonagall, Mad-Eye Moody, and others. It’s also where the most famous dog in Scotland’s history, Greyfriars Bobby is buried; the dog who guarded his master’s grave for 14 years.

Edinburgh’s oldest independent school sited on a UNESCO world heritage site, George Heriot’s School is believed to be another inspiration for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can’t enter inside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a look at it from the outside!

Moreover, Edinburgh Castle which dates back to the 12th century is also widely believed to be an inspiration for architecture seen in the Harry Potter movies.

Of course, you can’t leave without visiting the golden JK Rowling’s Handprints in Edinburgh City Chambers. After all, Edinburgh is where J.K. Rowling lived while she wrote most of her books!

The Best Harry Potter-Themed Accommodation

a wooden luggage stored under the bed at Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio
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Did you know that you can filter your accommodation searches using landmarks on CuddlyNest? It helps you find a comfortable stay near famous Harry Potter sites like Edinburgh Castle!

If you’re a big Harry Potter fan searching for the best Harry Potter overnight experiences, we’ve got you covered.

You can spend the night at the Georgian House Hotel in London, a family-run hotel featuring hidden wizarding chambers and secret doors, or The Enchantment Chamber in the heart of York, a Harry Potter-inspired apartment with artifacts from the wizarding world.

Harry Potter destinations in the UK are very popular, so book before the prices go up!

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FAQ

Is there a Harry Potter attraction in the UK?

Yes, there are numerous Harry Potter attractions in the UK, including:

  • Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, England;

  • King’s Cross Station, London, England;

  • Durham Cathedral, Durham, England;

  • New College, Oxford, England;

  • Christ Church College, Oxford University, Oxford;

  • Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, England;

  • Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, England;

  • Jacobite Steam Strain, Scotland;

  • Piccadilly Circus, London, England;

  • Bull’s Head Passage, London, England;

  • Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England;

  • Warner Bros Studio, London, England;

  • London Zoo, London, England;

  • Loch Etive, Argyll and Bute, Scotland;

  • Australia House, London, England;

  • Clachaig Gully, Glencoe, Scotland;

  • Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs, Sussex, England;

  • Swinley Forest, Berkshire, England;

  • Goathland Train Station, North York, England.

What is the best Harry Potter experience in the UK?

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour and Jacobite Train.

Is the UK worth visiting in winter?

Yes, the United Kingdom is worth visiting in winter! There are so many attractions and experiences that make it a worthwhile destination during this season. Plus, it’s the perfect time to warm up with a drink in one of the cozy bars and blend in with the locals.

Explore Hogwarts in the Snow, Christmas markets, ice skating rinks, and snow-capped hills, and enjoy fewer crowds at famous historic attractions and museums.

Is Harry Potter for 9-year-olds?

The “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling is generally considered suitable for a wide range of ages, including 9-year-olds.

Is Harry Potter for 12-year-olds?

Yes, The “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling are suitable for 12-year-olds.

Where was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince filmed?

Some of the notable filming locations for the movie include:

  • Glen Coe, Scotland;

  • Cliffside Cave (Shell Cottage);

  • Gloucester Cathedral;

  • Lacock Abbey;

  • Millennium Bridge, London;

  • Claremont Square, London;

  • Bodleian Library, Oxford;

  • Harrow School;

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct.

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