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Harry Potter Landmarks in England

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If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series like I am, you have to travel to the United Kingdom. I’ve been in London for two of the movie premieres and made special trips just to track down landmarks from the movies. And while there are even more filming locations throughout England and Scotland that I haven’t visited, here are just a few that are easily accessible for travelers visiting England (plus one extra in Ireland). For more Harry Potter locations, including ones in Scotland, check out my friend Amanda’s post. And for the extensive list of Harry Potter filming locations, check out this Buzzfeed list

Kings Cross Station, London

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Perhaps the most well known landmark for Harry Potter fans is Kings Cross Station. It was here that Harry and friends went to Platform 9 3/4 to catch the train to Hogwarts in each film, but originally in The Sorcerer’s Stone. Today visitors can take pictures of their own, which is actually between platforms 4 and 5.

The station is open from 5 am to 1 am daily. There’s also a Harry Potter themed store at Kings Cross.

Australia House, London

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Australian High Commission, known as Australia House, serves as the filming location for Gringotts Wizarding Bank in all the movies, specifically the exhibition hall.

Since Australia House is a working embassy, not just anyone can walk up and explore. It’s only accessible for Australian citizens and those traveling to Australia.

London Zoo Reptile House, London

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In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry discovers his ability to speak to snakes at the Reptile House of the London Zoo. There’s no longer a snake in that specific habitat, but there is a sign denoting where the scene took place. It’s not surprising that this part can get pretty crowded when school groups and fans come by to take pictures.

The London Zoo is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets start at £22.50 for adults and £16.65 for children.

Duke Humfrey’s Library, Oxford

Duke Humfrey's Library Interior 6, Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK - Diliff

via Wikimedia Commons

The oldest part of the Bodleian Library is Duke Humfrey’s Library, named for one of its benefactors. The library played the Hogwarts library in all of the films and is home to pre-1600s books. Photos are not allowed inside the library and very strict rules were followed for filming.

Only students with reading cards are allowed into Duke Humfrey’s Library but no one, even royalty, is allowed to check out books. Visitors can see the library on a tour, which run Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am and Sunday from 11:30 am. Tickets start at £7.

Divinity School, Oxford

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The Divinity School at Oxford University has an iconic gothic webbed ceiling with large glass windows on both sides. It was used as both the infirmary in all films and where the Gryffindor class took dance lessons before the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire.

Also a part of the Bodleian Library tour, The Divinity School is also available for visits on its own for only £1.

Christ Church College, Oxford

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Located in the most popular for visitors among Oxford’s colleges, the staircase near the entrance of Christ Church was used in many scenes throughout the years. Most memorably were the flashback scenes with Tom Riddle in The Chamber of Secrets. Today you’ll find them jammed with tourists following a tour guide with a flag, all stopping at each stair to take photos.

The college is open daily for tours and entry starts at £7, depending on the season and school schedule. Guided tours start at £13.

Millennium Bridge, London

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The beginning of The Half Blood Prince begins with a scene where Death Eaters blow up the Millennium Bridge, throwing Muggles to the river below. The footbridge was opened in 2000 and connects two sides of the Thames.

You can access the bridge on one side by the Tate Modern and on the other by Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

And one extra for good measure!

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

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When Harry and Dumbledore go after Voldemort’s Horcruxes in The Half Blood Prince, they visit a sea cave set at the Cliffs of Moher.

Tours leave from Galway daily or you can stay in nearby Doolin.

Have you ever visited any of these Harry Potter landmarks?

Mentioned in this post
  1. Kings Cross Station
    Attraction in United Kingdom
  2. Australian High Commission
    Attraction in Gt Lon United Kingdom

    Strand
    Gt Lon United Kingdom
    020 7379 4334
    http://www.uk.embassy.gov.au/
  3. London Zoo
    Attraction in London United Kingdom

    London United Kingdom
    0844 225 1826
  4. Bodleian Library
    Attraction in United Kingdom

    Broad St
    United Kingdom
    01865 277162
    http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley
  5. The Divinity School
    Attraction in Oxfordshire United Kingdom

    Oxfordshire United Kingdom
  6. Christ Church Picture Gallery
    Attraction in Oxfordshire United Kingdom

    St Aldate's
    Oxfordshire United Kingdom
    01865 276172
    http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery
  7. Millennium Bridge
    Attraction in London United Kingdom

    London United Kingdom
    020 7606 3030
    http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/
  8. Tate Modern
    Attraction in Bankside United Kingdom

    Park Street
    Bankside United Kingdom
    020 7887 8752
    http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/
  9. Saint Paul's Cathedral
    Attraction in City of London United Kingdom

    Saint Paul's Church Yard
    City of London United Kingdom
    +44 20 7246 8350
    http://www.stpauls.co.uk
  10. Cliffs of Moher
    Attraction in Liscannor Ireland

    Liscannor Ireland
    (065) 707 4849
    http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie

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11 Responses to Harry Potter Landmarks in England

  1. Kelsey September 1, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Perfect timing! I leave for England in less than 2 weeks, and already booked my day trip to Oxford.

    • Caroline September 2, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      It’s great, Kelsey! I was pleasantly surprised with Oxford.

  2. Stef September 2, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    I have been to Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle so far, very beatiful places to visit. Platform 9 3/4 is very high on my list.
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    • Caroline September 2, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Sounds like you’ve been to some good spots as well, Stef!

  3. Rebecca September 2, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    I love these! I’ve been to Oxford before and my friend goes to New College so was able to take me around for free and they filmed some of Goblet of Fire there.
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    • Caroline September 2, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      New College is one I didn’t get to visit but wish I had, Rebecca!

  4. Edna September 16, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    To be honest I refused to watch the movies after the first couple because I preferred to keep how the world as how it looked in my imagination, but the scenes from Oxford look like they must have been beautiful!
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  5. Brianna October 2, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    I love this post! I have been rereading all of the books and am planning a HP movie binge once I am done. It is very cool seeing some of these places the way they look in real life.

  6. celine November 20, 2015 at 5:57 am #

    Wow!! those places look amazingggg! I have to say that im realllyyyyy, realllyyyyy jealous right now. I’ve been a potter fan since forever. hopefully, i could get to travel and go to those amazing places too! lovely post & i followed you on bloglovin!!
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