The Real Diagon Alley

This post explains how to get to the 2 locations for Diagon Alley in London with some background information. Be sure to take our pay-what-you-like Harry Potter Tour of London or our GPS-enabled Harry Potter audio tour

 

 

HOW TO FIND DIAGON ALLEY

There are two contenders here for the REAL Diagon Alley and many Potter fans are split as to which is the ‘real’ Dragon Alley. Fortunately, both are very centrally located near Leicester Square. There are several different buses that frequent the area, as well as a nearby tube station.  

We recommend using this Google map for directions to Cecil Court.  Goodwin Court is a few minutes away.

Nearest Underground Station: Leicester Square Station

Buses: 24, 29, 176

 

Map of Diagon Alley London Harry Potter

 


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THE REAL DIAGON ALLEY

In the wizarding world, The Leaky Cauldron (which holds the entrance to Diagon Alley) sits just off Charing Cross Road.

In our world, Charing Cross Road is known for its multitude of bookshops – many of which specialise in magic and the occult. It’s clear to see why J. K. Rowling decided that the entrance to Diagon Alley would be here!

There are two contenders here for the REAL Diagon Alley and many Potter fans are split as to which is the ‘real’ one.

There are also two locations used for the door to Diagon Alley, one in Leadenhall Market and the other in Borough Market.  


Cecil Court:

Cecil Court is lined with bookshops and antiquarian storefronts. Because of its association with magical literature and bric-a-brac, many believe that this is the REAL Diagon Alley.

Given the items that line the storefronts, the tarot card readers that work here and the magical lamps running down the centre of the alleyway, this is definitely a contender to be the real deal.  

Below is a Google photosphere that you could use to get a roundabout view of the court. 

 

 
 


Godwin’s Court:

Less well known and hidden away sits Godwin’s Court. Lined with topsy-turvy buildings, crooked houses, and bulging windows, Godwin’s Court is every inch, Diagon Alley. In fact, the set of Diagon Alley built at the Warner Brother’s studios bears a VERY strong similarity to Godwin’s Court – leaving some confident that this is the REAL Dragon Alley!  

 

Godwins Court Harry Potter Diagon Alley

 


FILMING LOCATIONS FOR DIAGON ALLEY

Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 

The beautifully covered pathways of Leadenhall Market stood in for Diagon Alley in the first Harry Potter Film. Hagrid and Harry walk through the market and then enter the Leaky Cauldron Pub through a blue door.

The blue door (down Bull’s Head Passage) is still there and is easily spotted among the reds and greens of the rest of the Market which means it’s easy for you to find the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron yourself!  

Use this Google map link to get directions.

 

Leaky Cauldron Entrance Leadenhall Market

 

 

 

After this first film, the entrance to The Leaky Cauldron was filmed in Borough Market.

And it’s always worth a mention that the Diagon Alley movie set lies at the Warner Brother’s Studios in Leavesden. Visitors can walk along the actual set of the alley where the actors filmed some of the movies most iconic scenes.

 


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