In 1997, after facing multiple rejections, JK Rowling’s book about The Boy Who Lived, hit the bookshelves. 23 years later, the Harry Potter series lives on in the hearts and minds of millennials everywhere.
Avid readers and film enthusiasts around the world will always remember iconic moments from the books and series, from the trio breaking into Gringotts, to Harry and Ron crashing into Platform 9 ¾ before their 2nd year.
Potterheads now have the chance to experience the magic first-hand -- head out on a Harry Potter walking tour in London! Visit film locations where memorable scenes took place: Death Eaters destroying a bridge full of muggles, the famous trio escaping to Tottenham Court Road, the staircase leading up to Professor Trelawney’s office and so much more.
Opt for a Harry Potter walking tour walk in the footsteps of your favorite witches and wizards!
The best way to explore popular filming locations is by opting for a guided Harry Potter walking tour. Your experience will provide a professional, multilingual tour guide who will accompany you along the way to all the filming locations, all the while revealing interesting trivia and tidbits about the Harry Potter universe. The tour guide will take you to locations like St. Paul’s Cathedral, Borough Market, Millennium Bridge and more.
While on a Harry Potter walking tour, you can explore all the popular filming locations, be it King’s Cross Station or Trafalgar Square. Another way to enhance your step into the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry is by opting for combo tours. Opt for a Harry Potter walking tour with a cruise on River Thames and get a wonderful view of London’s skyline, including the spectacular London Eye.
The vibrant city of London is home to an abundance of locations where famous scenes from the Harry Potter films have been shot. Remember the stunning staircase that led up to the Divination classrooms? That’s from inside the St. Paul’s Cathedral! And the glasshouse where Harry befriended a Boa Constrictor? That was shot inside the Reptile House at London Zoo. Here are a few of the most popular filming locations in London that you would visit while on a Harry Potter walking tour.
In the wizarding world, King’s Cross Station has symbolically been a part of pivotal moments in Harry’s life. Be it when he asks the Weasleys how to get onto Platform 9 ¾, thereby establishing a life-long relationship with them, to the era-defining conversation with Dumbledore after Voldemort’s killing curse backfired in Book 7. Visit the station and step onto Platform 9¾ to relive those memorable moments.
Diagon Alley is always brimming with witches and wizards, hurrying about shopping for magical supplies. Experience the hustle and bustle of Diagon Alley at Leadenhall Market in London. The narrow street is lined with quaint little shops displaying and selling rare, unusual items. There are plenty of Harry Potter easter eggs hidden: keep an eye out for memorabilia, including banknotes from Gringotts.
We all remember Gringotts -- the intimidating, Goblin-run wizarding bank, delicately put as, “yeh’d be mad ter try an’ rob it,” by Hagrid. Scenes between Harry and Hagrid during the first film where they enter Gringotts Bank were shot inside the Exhibition Room at the Australia House. The long tables, bright and heavy lighting served as the perfect backdrop to introduce viewers to an establishment run by Goblins.
Life in the wizarding world deteriorated rapidly once Voldemort started rapidly gaining power at the end of Harry’s 5th Year. This was signified in the movies by showcasing a hostile takeover by the Death Eaters -- by destroying a bridge full of innocent muggles. This scene was shot on the Millenium Bridge in London; a location you can walk along and picture Fenrir Greyback taking control.
Know more about Harry Potter Walking Tour Locations.
Timings for each Harry Potter walking tour differ. On weekdays, a tour would begin 10:00 AM onwards, while on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 AM onwards.
The average length of a Harry Potter walking tour would last about 2.5 hours.
Your Harry Potter walking tour will begin at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5AY.
Get off at Stop D at Cambridge Circus. You can take buses 24, 29, 176, N29 or N279 to reach your destination. The bus stop is at a 1-minute walking distance to the Palace Theatre.
Your multilingual tour guide can speak English, along with French, German, Italian and Spanish among others.
Since your tour experience is on foot, we recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
Yes. You can carry a refillable water bottle to keep you hydrated through your Harry Potter walking tour.
Q. What locations will I cover on my Harry Potter walking tour in London?
A. You will cover popular filming locations like King’s Cross Station, Millennium Bridge, Leadenhall Market, London Zoo, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more on your Harry Potter walking tour in London.
Q. Does my Harry Potter walking tour include a tour guide?
A. Yes. Your Harry Potter walking tour includes a multilingual tour guide who will accompany you along the way.
Q. Are audio guides provided as part of my Harry Potter walking tour?
A. No. Audio guides are not provided as part of a Harry Potter walking tour. Your tour guide will ensure that you are up-to-date with all the necessary information.
Q. What is the meeting point for a Harry Potter walking tour in London?
A. Please meet your group 15 minutes in advance at Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5AY.
Q. Can I cancel my Harry Potter walking tour?
A. Not all Harry Potter walking tours can be canceled. Please check before you book your tour.
Q. Do I have to carry a physical copy of my Harry Potter walking tour confirmation?
A. No. You will receive tickets on your phone confirming your Harry Potter tour booking. You do not have to carry a physical copy.