Visit the Harry Potter Film Locations While in Europe

If anyone knows me, they know I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan.  As apart of my adventures in Europe and locating the best gluten free places to eat, I absolutely needed to visit as many Harry Potter related locations as possible.  The movies that defined my generation was filmed across England, Scotland, and Ireland.  My goal, to find all the best (well mainly just anything) Harry Potter related and report it back to you!

The Georgian House

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The Georgian House is now offering Harry Potter themed rooms in London starting at £209 a night.  There are 2 rooms available and also includes a walking tour of London, which leads you around the city to visit the filming locations.  Guests can also take a bus tour from Victoria station to the Warner Brothers Studio for the Making of Harry Potter tour in Watford.  

The Elephant House Cafe

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The Elephant House Cafe, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, claims to be the “birthplace of Harry Potter.”  JK Rowling wrote the Potter books over coffee and cake in this relaxed cafe.  While we are at it, this cafe also has  some special gluten free offerings too.  Basically the best  two-for-one deal ever.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel was used as the entrance to King’s Cross station in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.  The Renaissance Hotel has been seen worldwide by millions as a filming location for not only Harry Potter films, but also 102 Dalmatians, Batman, Richard III and others.

Kings Cross Station – Platform 

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Recreate the Hogwarts Express scene on Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station in Central London, where Harry’s big wizard adventure began.

Durham Cathedral

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Durham Cathedral was used to shoot various exterior and interior shots of Hogwarts for the Philosopher’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban movies.  Guided tours of the Cathedral take place two or three times a day and cost £5 per person. Admission to the Tower for adults is £5, children (under 16) £2.50, and other areas of the cathedral are free to visit

Alnwick Castle

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Alnwick Castle has been used for exterior shots of Hogwarts.  This is where the Hogwarts students had their first broom flying lesson and Neville had is accident. Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England. It has been a home to the dukes of Northumberland for over 700 years.

New College

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This is where everyone sports the “Potter stinks” badges during the Triwizard Tournament.  Parts of the dining hall were filmed here and the chapel and library were also used as filming locations.

Seven Sisters Country Park

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The Seven Sisters cliffs were used for spectacular shots where Harry Potter walks up the hill to find the boots that transport him to the Quidditch World Cup.  The park is free to enter and a perfect place for a peaceful picnic and maybe you’ll find an old shoe that’ll transport you to the Quidditch World Cup.

Gloucester Cathedral

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The Cathedral’s Cloisters are used as various settings for Hogwarts’ interiors.  Filming in these locations were for the Philosopher’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, and the Half Blood Prince.  And it is a free entrance charge!

Glenfinnan

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he Glenfinnan Viaduct is the ‘bridge to Hogwarts,’ where the Hogwarts Express makes its journey to the school.  A train ticket to experience your trip to Hogwarts will cost you around £8.80.

Harry Potter Studio Tour

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No Potter fan’s trip to Britain would be complete without a visit to the Warner Bros’ Studio Tour, located at the Leavesden Studios near London. The award-winning tour gives you access to spectacular sets from the Harry Potter movies and a fascinating behind the scenes look at their production.  Adults are £50 and kids under 15 are £45.

And to top it all off…

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: The Play

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Based on the original new story by J.K. Rowling.  It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  It is the perfect beginning, middle, or end of you trip in London.  Tickets are still available but get them quick. 

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