Would you like to grab your wand and tour all the Harry Potter sites in London? That’s exactly what we did. We visited some lesser known London sites and Harry Potter movie locations while being entertained by our charismatic guide and discovering diverse trivia about movie making, London herself and everything Potter. Sites included Death Eater Bridge, Gringotts Bank, The Ministry of Magic, Platform 9 3/4 and the Leaky Cauldron. Read on to find out where you can find these Harry Potter sites and what we thought of the tour. There are many and diverse Harry Potter tours and experiences in and around London and throughout the UK. Several companies offer these tours including the one we used here and a big selection of Harry Potter tours on GetYourGuide . Alternatively, you can use the information below to create your own Harry Potter tour in London.
We were invited along by Brit Movie Tours to try out their Harry Potter tour and tell you all about it. They run tours all over the UK, Doctor Who in Cardiff ( see our Whovian Cardiff post here) Downton Abbey in Oxfordshire, Game of Thrones in Belfast, TOWIE in Essex, and more besides. We picked Harry Potter, I hoped it was something we’d all enjoy. I say we, son 1 is the Potter head, son 2 is a Whovian. He sported a face like Moaning Myrtle for the entire afternoon making my life painful, but this is real-life family travel, not a fairy tale.
Harry Potter Movie Tour and Harry Potter Sites in London
- The tour is suitable for children and adults, does not require much walking and you don’t have to be a complete Potter head to enjoy it. I wouldn’t recommend it for very young children.
- There are no big “wow” sights on the tour, just a series of kinda-cool locations. There is nothing as awe-inspiring as opening the doors to the Hogwarts Great Hall or strolling down Diagon Alley, for those you need to visit Warner Bros Studios, just outside London.
Most of the Harry Potter sites on the tour you would pass a million times and have no idea they were used in the movies. Luckily, our guide came with in-bus video and a series of still photos to refresh our memories.
You could use this tour as a way of seeing Londons major sites in comfort, the bus took us past many of London’s most famous landmarks and into some interesting areas including the South Bank, Borough Market and Leadenhall Market. It was very pleasant indeed to be chauffeur driven around London in a small bus.
Borough Market is one of our favourite parts of London, we recommend it highly for visitors, click through to read more from us.
Gringotts Bank is the first stop of the tour, in the form of Australia House. The actual building looks nothing like the bank in the film, but if you have time, walk up here before your tour starts and take a look through the glass in the doors, you’ll be looking into Gringotts, minus the goblins.
The magic of the movies in transforming bricks and mortar is interesting to see, locations are chosen for their useability as well as their appearance. Even huge budget movies can’t pay to close Oxford St so many of the locations are back roads that are easy to close off to traffic, the same London sites feature in multiple films because of this.
This is a hop off tour, where possible you can get off the bus, wander around and take photos, your guide will point out some of the finer details.
You could never drive around London and park at these places, you’d have to devote a lot of time into finding them all and visit on foot and by public transport. This 2-3 hour tour does all the hard work for you.
The tour finishes with a visit to Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross station. We’d already been along to check out that particular site and thought it was great. Ignore the stinking reviews you find online!
We were guests on this tour, but all views are, as always, our own. You can find further information on this Harry Potter movie tour by clicking through.
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Welcome to our home city! We hope you have a fabulous time in London. Despite our globe trotting ways London holds our hearts. If you’d like to sign up below we can email you everything you need to plan your time in London and the UK. Be sure to see all these Harry Potter locations and do the studio tour, then, maybe, think about heading to Scotland for “The Hogwarts Express” or Oxford for more Harry Potter magic.