Harry Potter Road Trip: Filming locations across the UK for magical franchise - including how to get there

You can see the magic of the Wizarding World in real life with this adventure filled road trip.

Harry Potter quickly became a cultural staple for book and movie lovers alike following the release of the first instalment, Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in 2001. And more than 20 years later, fans are still as enamoured as ever.

The franchise, which is set in the UK’s Wizarding World (it’s real, don’t question it), has brought millions of fans from across the globe just to get a taste of their favourite world. And as the summer draws closer, many people will be looking for their next adventure. Perhaps a classic road trip exploring landscapes right on your doorstep?

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Well, look no further, Goodbye Car has created the ultimate Harry Potter road trip. This 703-mile road trip is essential for die-hard fans and wannabe witches and wizards alike.

So, where are the most iconic Harry Potter filming locations in the UK? Here’s a full list including their address and what movie they feature in.

1. The Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | Scene: The Journey to Hogwarts | Address: A830 Rd, Glenfinnan, PH37 4LT

This famous viaduct first made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry and Ron found the Hogwarts Express in their flying car. It appeared once again in Prisoner of Azkaban in a scene when the dementors stop the train to search for Sirius Black and briefly appears once again in Goblet of Fire.

2. Alnwick Castle, England

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | Scene: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry | Address: Alnwick NE66 1NQ

Alnwick Castle starred as the magical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was filmed on location at Alnwick Castle in the autumn of 2000 and is still visited by many hopeful young witches and wizards today.

Alnwick Castle.Alnwick Castle.
Alnwick Castle.

3. Durham Cathedral, Durham, England

Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | Scene: Professor McGonagall’s classroom | Address: Durham DH1 3EH

Durham Cathedral was also used as a backdrop for Hogwarts when filming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets.

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Harry, Ron, and Hermione have wandered the cathedral’s iconic arched walkway, the Cloister, on their way to lessons, while The Cloister Garth will also be familiar to dedicated fans. It’s the spot where Harry released pet owl Hedwig and where Ron’s ‘eats slugs’ curse went oh-so-wrong! The Chapter House was the setting for Professor McGonagall’s classroom although unfortunately, the space isn’t usually open to the public.

Durham Cathedral grabs first place as the most Instagrammable free attraction (photo: Adobe)Durham Cathedral grabs first place as the most Instagrammable free attraction (photo: Adobe)
Durham Cathedral grabs first place as the most Instagrammable free attraction (photo: Adobe)

4. King’s Cross Station, London, England

Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | Scene: Platform 9 ¾ | Address: Euston Rd, London, N1 9AL

King’s Cross Station is the home of Platform 9 ¾, the iconic departure point of The Hogwarts Express. In reality, it’s the arched wall between platforms 4 and 5, although there is another magical attraction near the entrance to platforms 9, 10, and 11.

A trolley disappearing into the magical realm through a wall marked ‘Platform 9 ¾’ is the perfect photo opportunity. Step outside the station and you’ll see the Neo-Gothic architecture of St Pancras, which can be seen in the background as the Weasley’s flying car takes off.

5. Divinity School, Oxford, England

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Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | Scene: Hogwarts Infirmary | Address: Catte Street, Oxford, OX1 3BH

You’ll recognise the University of Oxford’s Divinity School as the Hogwarts Infirmary where Harry spent time recuperating during Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It was also used as the backdrop for Ron’s dance lesson with Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

6. Wye Valley & Forest of Dean, England

Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 | Scene: Forest | Address: HR9 6DA

The Forest of Dean was used as the filming location for the forest where Harry, Ron, and Hermione hide from Lord Voldemort while searching for Horcruxes. They camp and are captured by Death Eaters all while hiding out in the Forest of Dean.

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