Harry Potter Tours in London
This post is a guide to Harry Potter sights in London. We offer a guided tour of film locations as well as a self-guided tour to do on your own. Learn how to stay at a Harry Potter themed hotel or learn how to get to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour as well as other Potter sights outside of the nation’s capital. Join us on one of our guided tour of Harry Potter film locations or our GPS-enabled audio tour.
- Harry Potter Film Locations Tour
- List of London Locations
- Other Guided Harry Potter Tours
- Warner Bros. Studio Tours
- Sights Outside London
- Harry Potter Hotel
FREE HARRY POTTER LONDON TOUR (FILM LOCATIONS)
Whether you received your invitation to Hogwarts or not, everybody knows the magical world of Harry Potter. Not only does Harry journey to and through London throughout the 8 movies, but most were filmed right here in the capital of the U.K.! Your expert guide will take you through London, pointing out sites and locations from the Harry Potter film series. Come follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard on our Harry Potter Tour!
Always enchanting, often interesting, and each one easy to get to, what follows is a guide to the real-life counterparts of many of the magical locations you have seen on the big screen: See the buildings that contain the Ministry of Magic, walk through the Underground barriers Harry and Arthur Weasley traveled through on their visit to London, stand on the bridge blown up by Death Eaters, and walk through the real Diagon Alley!
You’ll also get a chance to see the grandiose ‘Palace Theatre’, now home to the sold-out run of the 8th installment of the Harry Potter series- ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’. The tour will be filled with fun facts and film references, and take you into London’s theatre-land, across to London’s Southbank or through it’s labyrinthine Old City – depending on the day.
The journey will take you by foot and also via the London Underground.
Sites Visited On The Harry Potter Walking Tour:
- Westminster Tube (Closest tube to the Ministry of Magic as seen in The Order of the Phoenix)
Downing Street (Muggle Prime Minister’s Office and location of communication between the Muggle PM and the wizarding world)
Horseguards Avenue (Ministry of Magic Staff Entrance as seen in Deathly Hallows Part 1)
- Scotland Yard Place/Horse Guards Avenue (Ministry of Magic Visitors entrance as seen in the Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part 1)
- Trafalgar Square (Location of the final Harry Potter film premiere)
- Cecil’s Court (aka Diagon Alley)
- Godwin’s Court (aka Knockturn Alley)
- The Palace Theatre (home to the ‘The Cursed Child’ – the 8th story in the Harry Potter franchise)
- St. Paul’s ( Geometrical Staircase as seen in the Prisoner of Azkaban)
- Millennium Bridge (Rebuilt after the attack by the Death Eaters! (then a walk past Shakespeare’s globe)
- **Depending on your guide and the day/time, the tour will finish at either Leadenhall Market or Borough Market (both sites have been used as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron (as seen in the Philosopher’s Stone and Prisoner of Azkaban onwards respectively.)
And your tour will finish near one of London’s world-famous markets which is the ideal place for a post-tour lunch!
[Please note that the tour does not include entrance to St Paul’s Cathedral or the Palace Theatre -we do not go inside these places but we do visit them as part of the tour!]
Where: Meet your guide next to the Statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. This is located a few meters from Westminster Underground Station. From Westminster Station, take the exit for “The
Houses of Parliament” and cross the street. When walking out of the station, Parliament Square is the grassy area on the right. MAP HERE
Tube: This tour uses the London underground- please make sure you have a prepaid ticket or oyster card to the value of a 1-day travel card or £3.00GBP and are ready to travel.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.
Save even more money with a London tourist discount card.
Be sure to check out our other tours in London.
Self-Guided Tour of London Harry Potter Sights
NOTE: You can also take this tour anytime with our GPS-enabled audio tour app.
So whether you’ve memorized the books, seen the films, or proudly own every bit of Potter paraphernalia around – join us as we dive into the magical world of Harry Potter! This particular route will focus on film sites to the north part of London, so grab your travelcard, lace up your trainers (or grab your broom!) and follow us!
We also have a guide to Harry Potter locations all across London, which includes many more places for you to visit.
Take the Exit for Bishopsgate and when you step out of the station, turn RIGHT onto Bishopsgate. Continue walking in this direction until you reach Leadenhall Street and turn LEFT. Take the first RIGHT into Leadenhall Market.
STOP 1 – Leadenhall – Diagon Alley/Leaky Cauldron 1 (map)
Leadenhall Market has sat in this location since the 14th century! However, most of what you can see today dates from the late 1800’s and served as another filming location for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron.
In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, this is the location that was used for the filming of Diagon Alley. In fact, at 42 Bull’s Head Passage you will spot a storefront for an optician.
However, this shop front – painted blue – was used to serve as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in the first Harry Potter film. Read our full post on finding the real Diagon Alley in London.
Take either Ship Tavern Passage or Bull’s Head Passage onto Gracechurch Street and turn LEFT. When the road ends and runs into Monument Station/Boots the Chemist, continue FORWARD veering slightly RIGHT to walk pass Boots. This will take you to King William Street which will then turn into London Bridge.
Continue across the River Thames. The bridge will turn into London Bridge Road, and continue to walk FORWARD. The road will begin to curve toward the RIGHT. Stay on the right side and then turn RIGHT onto Stoney Street. Walk until you get to Number 7.
STOP 2 – Borough Market, 7A Stoney Street Diagon Alley/Leady Cauldron 2 (map)
In the muggle world, this shop is a charming florist with a prime location in the historic and popular Borough Market. But in the world of Harry Potter, this is actually the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
It is just outside of this shop that the Knight Bus slams to a halt and drops Harry off (via Palmers Green and Lambeth) just outside the pub on Diagon Alley, setting off a car alarm in the process!
The interior shots of the Leaky Cauldron were filmed on a soundstage, however, so it’s just the facade that was used during filming. See our full post on Harry Potter in Borough Market as well as finding the real Diagon Alleys.
While you are here, take our self-guided food tour to fill up your belly.
From here, continue walking down Stoney Street until the road dead-ends at Clink Street. Turn LEFT and follow the path which will take you to the banks of the River Thames. Walk along the river until you get to the Tate Modern Museum. From here, walk onto Millennium Bridge.
STOP 3 – Millennium Bridge – Site of Death Eater Attack (map)
Watch out for Death Eaters as you make your way from the north to the south bank of the Thames over the Millennium Bridge. Originally intended to be opened in the year 2000, the bridge was not structurally sound and it had to be closed for a further 2 more years.
From 2002 it remained in place, spanning the river until a gang of Death Eaters battled on top of it and completely destroyed the entire structure! Well…in the Harry Potter universe that is.
This bridge served as one of the scenes of the dramatic air-borne broomstick battle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Learn more with our full post on the Millennium Bridge.
Walk across Millennium Bridge. When you get to the other side take the stairs onto the Thames Path running underneath the bridge. Standing under the bridge and facing the River Thames, walk to the RIGHT. Continue walking, keeping the River on your left until you reach Temple Underground Station.
Turn RIGHT and walk past the entrance of Temple Station and up the stone steps. Continue going in that direction up Arundel Street. At the top of the street, on the right, is the Australian Embassy.
STOP 4 – Australia House Gringotts Wizarding Bank (map)
The longest continuously occupied diplomatic mission in the U.K. (and built entirely with marble shipped all the way from Australia), Australia House served as the setting for Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Unlike others on our list, it is the interior of this building that served as the filming set. Long rows of wooden benches and dozens of goblins working away under heavy, sparkling and cob-webbed chandeliers is the site that greets Harry as Hagrid takes him to the wizarding bank for the very first time in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The actual room used for filming is The Exhibition Room which is, unfortunately, not open to the public. A polite word with the security officers at the door may reward you with a peek through the windows, but this is not always guaranteed.
Facing Australia House, go to the RIGHT and follow the road around the building. Take a RIGHT onto Kingsway (the largest road here). Walk along for a few minutes then take another RIGHT onto Sardinia Street. This will take you to Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
STOP 5 – Lincoln’s Inn Fields – Number 12 Grimmauld Place 1 (map)
A charming square with buildings now occupied by lawyers and surgeons, many believe that Lincoln’s Inn Fields holds the inspiration for the outside of Number 12 Grimmauld Place. Muggles may have trouble viewing the house, of course, since there are a number of charms placed on it to protect its’ exact location. However, if you take a look near number 13 you may just see a glimmer out of the corner of your eye that will clue you into the houses’ precise location.
Go to the northwest corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. At the junction of Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Remnant Street, keep Remnant Street on your LEFT but walk STRAIGHT. This road will turn into Gate Street and curve to the left. When you come back out onto Kingsway, make a RIGHT to Holborn Underground Station.
Here take the PICCADILLY LINE going WEST. Get off the train at PICCADILLY CIRCUS STATION. Take the SHAFTESBURY AVENUE EXIT and find a good place to stand when you walk up the steps out of the station.
STOP 6 – Piccadilly Circus – Where the Trio Go On the Run (map)
On the run from Death Eaters at Bill and Fleur’s wedding in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron and Hermione apparate straight to central London. In the books, they arrive on Tottenham Court Road and go into a nearby restaurant.
For the Deathly Hallows Part, I film, however, the trio turn up right in front of a passing No. 19 bus in the middle of Piccadilly Circus (Hermione tells us “I used to come here with Mum and Dad.”). They arrive at night with Piccadilly’s world-famous electric lights on display which lend a little magic of their own to this popular London destination!
Just off Piccadilly Circus up Shaftesbury Avenue, you can spot a row of stone pillars that the trio walk past as Hermione explains to the boys where they are. Somewhere along this road is the cafe where the trio stops to have a rest and end up in a violent duel with Death Eaters…so mind your step!
Stand to face the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum and walk to your RIGHT. The road turns into Coventry Street and leads you into Leicester Square. Walk STRAIGHT along the top of Leicester Square until you get to the main road – Charing Cross. Here turn RIGHT. Take the second LEFT onto Cecil Court. Stop here to soak up the atmosphere and then continue in the same direction until you get to St. Martin’s Lane and turn LEFT. Make the first RIGHT onto Goodwin’s Court.
STOP 7 – Cecil Court and Goodwin’s Court – The inspiration for Diagon Alley? Or…the REAL Diagon Alley? (map)
A small alleyway just off the bustling Charing Cross Road, Cecil Court is believed by many to have been the inspiration for Diagon Alley. The Court here is lined with original Victorian shop fronts and sells a wide variety of antique books, with a few shops fittingly providing a supply of books on the subject of magic! In fact, the first shop on the right is actually called The Witch Ball!
On Cecil Court, you will also find Watkins Books which claims to be the oldest occultist and mystical bookshop in the entire world! Keen Harry Potter fans with an eagle eye may also spot a large display of Gringotts banknotes located in one of the shop windows here. It is safe to say that Cecil Court has a touch of magic to it, easily believable as the entrance into Harry’s world on Diagon Alley.
Goodwin’s Court is much smaller and the buildings are kind of wonky – giving it a surreal feeling. It’s easy to imagine that this little courtyard path could be an entrance into Harry’s magical world. Because of this, many people believe that this is the exact place Rowling was trying to recreate in the Potter books.
Harry and Hagrid walk down Charing Cross Road itself in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Whilst Harry is on the Knight Bus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban he travels down Charing Cross, and Ministry cars drive down the road in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Walk BACK on yourself onto St. Martin’s Lane and turn LEFT. Walk down until the road dead-ends on William IV Street and turn RIGHT. The road will dead-end back at Charing Cross and here take a LEFT. This road will take you to Trafalgar Square.
STOP 8 – Trafalgar Square – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Film Premiere (map)
It was here in Trafalgar Square on the 7th of July 2011 that the final Harry Potter film began its’ premiere celebrations. On a huge stage erected near Nelson’s Column stood Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, J. K. Rowling and dozens of others who spoke to the crowd of thousands. A huge screen was erected where clips and trailers could be shown to members of the public.
From the Square, the cast and Rowling herself then walked the world’s longest red carpet to Leicester Square where the film debuted simultaneously at three different cinemas!
Trafalgar Square is also glimpsed during the opening flight battle of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as the Death Eaters fly over central London.
Just across the street from Nelson’s Column is a statue of King Charles I on horseback. He is facing down a long main road – Whitehall – and this is the road to walk down first. Keep Trafalgar Square BEHIND you and walk STRAIGHT AHEAD. Turn LEFT onto Great Scotland Yard and stop at the corner of Scotland Place on your RIGHT.
STOP 9 – Old Scotland Yard – The Ministry of Magic (map)
Home to muggle politicians, Whitehall and Old Scotland Yard were used to represent the magical counterpart to our muggle organisations. Here you will find the exteriors used for the Ministry of Magic during filming for the Polyjuice potion scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Shots taken here are also used for the trip that Mr. Weasley and Harry Take in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
In the books – and the films – there is a red telephone box outside the Ministry of Magic that wizards use to access the Ministry. From the phone box, one must dial ‘62442’ and the phone booth acts as a lift, taking visitors down underneath the ground to the Ministry. The red phone box used in the film was actually a prop brought in specifically for shooting so sadly, no journeys to the Ministry can be made any longer!
Walk down Scotland Place and turn RIGHT onto Whitehall Place. The road will dead end on Whitehall and here turn LEFT. Keep walking in this direction, but cross over to the opposite side of Whitehall. A few minutes along you will come to the big black gates of Downing Street on your RIGHT. Stop here.
STOP 10 – Number 10 Downing Street – Direct link to the Minister for Magic (map)
It is inside the Prime Minister’s office that the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes place. It is revealed that there is a portal from the wizarding world to that of the muggle world so that the Prime Minister of the U.K. and the Minister for Magic can occasionally speak. It is also here that Kingsley Shacklebolt works during his time as bodyguard to the Muggle Prime Minister.
Facing Downing Street, walk to your RIGHT, continuing down Whitehall. Walk straight down the road until you get to the entrance to Westminster Underground Station. Take the steps down and follow the signs to the ticket hall.
STOP 11 – Westminster Underground Station – Tube Station for Ministry of Magic (map)
It is to Westminster Underground Station that Mr. Weasley and Harry go to when visiting the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. At the station, Mr. Weasley struggles at the barriers, not sure how to work the exits properly – much like many of us during our first visit to London!
For the filming of this scene, Westminster Underground Station was closed for an entire day (a very rare occurrence)!
Go through the barriers and take the CIRCLE AND DISTRICT LINES going EAST. Alight at MONUMENT STATION and change trains to the NORTHERN LINE. Get the train going north and get off at Angel Station.
When you exit Angel Station you will be on the main road. Turn LEFT and walk until you get to the big traffic junction next to The Angel Pub. Cross the street SOUTH and then RIGHT so that you are on the opposite diagonal corner. Start walking with Jamie’s Italian restaurant on your left. Continue down the main road – Pentonville Road – until you get to Mylne Street. Turn LEFT here and this will take you to Claremont Square.
STOP 12- 23 – 29 Claremont Square [No. 12 Grimmauld Place 2] (map)
Tucked away on an unassuming street in Islington lies Claremont Square, the location of Sirius Black’s familial residence; Number 12 Grimmauld Place. The house eventually is inherited by Harry and used as the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix. This square was used for filming on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The muggles that live in the square have long come to accept the mistake in numbering the buildings here, what with 11 and 13 being right next to each other. Don’t feel bad if you can’t spot Number 12, it’s kept under wraps by the Fidelius Charm, meaning only Secret-Keepers can access the building.
Get back onto Pentonville Road and turn LEFT. Continue down the road until you get to King’s Cross Station. Go through the MAIN ENTRANCE – with the brownstone – and into the atrium where the shops and the departures boards are. Once you’ve stepped into the Hall, walk STRAIGHT AHEAD. Right before you reach the edge of the station, Platform 9 ¾ will be on your RIGHT.
STOP 13 – Kings Cross [Platform 9 ¾] (map)
Every Potter-head knows that Platform 9 ¾ is the location of Kings Cross Station that the Hogwarts Express departs from (on the 1st of September every year) and arrives to. In fact, the very final scene in the last book/film is set right here on the most famous train platform in the world. For Harry Potter fans, a visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Kings Cross – and the station does not disappoint.
Now, owing to the layout of the station, it’s not actually possible to pass through a barrier between platforms 9 and 10. Firstly, for those muggles among us – we would never be able to see it! But the second (and more likely) reason is that there is no actual barrier between the two platforms. Fret not, however, as the designers of the new Kings Cross Station have got us covered, having installed an entrance to Platform 9 ¾ around the corner from the platforms being used for other railway traffic.
Luckily for us, the Ministry of Magic has come up with a clever way to allow visitors to experience the magic of Platform 9 ¾ as it is here that they have frozen a luggage trolley partially the way through the magical barrier. Those of us who have sought out the platform will be rewarded with an opportunity to get their photographs taken right outside the barrier. Read our full blog post.
Next to the photo opportunity is the fabulous Platform 9 ¾ shop, full of sweets and scarves, wands and wizards, books and bludgers! To check out what’s on offer inside, take a peek at their website: Platform 9 ¾ Shop.
FINISH: Kings Cross Station
Optional Bonus Stop – London Zoo (map)
At Kings Cross, take the CIRCLE, HAMMERSMITH & CITY, and METROPOLITAN LINE going WEST until you get to GREAT PORTLAND STREET. When you come out of the station, cross the road ahead of you and turn LEFT. This will take you to the edge of Regent’s Park. Check out the map at the entrance of the park and follow the pathway through until you reach LONDON ZOO.
In the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it is a local zoo that Harry is taken to for his cousin Dudley’s 11th birthday. At the zoo, Harry comes face-to-face (literally!) when the glass separating him from a boa constrictor disappears and the snake spills out onto the floor. Harry accidentally causes the removal of the glass as well as speaking to the snake in the rare language known as parseltongue (although Harry has no idea about this until much later on in the series).
It is the reptile house at the London Zoo that was used during the filming of this scene. This has led many people to – incorrectly – assume the Dudley family had taken Harry to London Zoo. However, when Harry travels to Diagon Alley with Hagrid for the first time, Harry tells him that he has never been to London before, which means the zoo must’ve been somewhere else. The actual tank used for filming currently holds a black mamba, although in the film the snake is said to be a Burmese python, with a strange departure from the original text.
For those who have made the effort to both get to the zoo and pay for entry, you will be rewarded with a small plaque placed inside the Reptile enclosure that commemorates the spot where the actual filming took place.
Be sure to read our larger post on Potter locations throughout London.
HARRY POTTER WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOURS
It’s a short train ride to the Warner Brothers Film Studios in Leavesden, a 200-acre complex where all the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Getting there is not difficult at all. It’s a 20-minute train from London’s Euston Station to the Watford Junction railway station where you can catch a Harry Potter shuttle bus to the Warner Bros. Studio.
The studio tour starts with a live guide introduction to the Harry Potter theme and then guests are brought to the sets. From there it’s a self-guided experience through the two sound-stages (and outside lot). If you choose to go it alone, you will probably want to rent a digital guide for £4.95 for a richer experience. Not including travel time, plan on spending about 3 hours at the studios.
When: Tours run almost every day of the year. The first tour and last tour of the day depends on the date, so check their calendar. Note: Tickets must be purchased in advance and are not sold at the Studio.
NOTE: This ticket does not include transportation from London with return (see below).
- £35 – Adult (16+ years)
- £27 – Child (5-15 years and must be accompanied by an adult)
- Free – 4 and under
- £107 – Family package (includes wither two adults with two children or one adult with three children).
Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter with transportation included
There are several tour operators that offer packages that include your ticket to the studio with a timed entry and also transportation from London by coach or train. Typically, these tours cost approximately £66.00 per person (less for children). Some of these companies play Harry Potter movies on the bus ride to warm you up for your studio visit.
You can book a fully-guided tour of the studios through Golden Tours. For die-hard Harry Potter fans, this might be the way for you to go. Included in the price is admission with the timed entry; a dedicated studio tour guide; headsets when appropriate, transportation to and from the meeting point in Central London and one butterbeer per guest. Best to book a month in advance as this tour sells out.
When: check their calendar for availability
- £69 – Adult (age 16+)
- £614- Child (age 5-15)
- £20 – Infant (Age 3-4)
- Free – 2 and under
- £256 – Family (2 adults and 2 children)
HARRY POTTER LONDON WALKING TOURS
NOTE: If you are considering purchasing a multi-day, hop-on, hop-off bus ticket, keep in mind that Big Bus Tours offers a free, daily Harry Potter Walking Tour with any 2 or 3-day ticket.
HARRY POTTER TOURS WITH BRIT MOVIE TOURS
Harry Potter Walking Tour by Brit Movie Tours
This tour is offered by Brit Movie Tours and covers all the major sites. This tour is 2.5 hours (approx.) and group size can be as large as 40 people per tour guide. You can certainly find a less expensive tour with smaller groups, but booking tours are often based on dates you want to take a tour and what is available.
- Monday and Tuesday 2 pm (School Holidays, Apr-Aug)
- Friday, Saturday & Sunday 2 pm: (Jan – Dec)
Cost: £12 – Adult | £10 – Child (under 16)
This tour is offered at 20% off if you purchase the London Pass
Harry Potter Bus Tour by Brit Movie Tours
This 2.5-3 hour bus tour features many of the film locations and inspirations from all 8 films in the series. Some of the stops include Kings Cross Station, 12 Grimmauld Place and the sites used for the Leaky Cauldron.There is also an opportunity at the end of the tour to buy Harry Potter merchandise.
- Saturday 2 pm: (Jan – 17 Dec)
- Wednesday 2 pm: (School Holidays and Mar-Oct)
- Thursday 2 pm: (School Holidays and Jul-Aug)
- Friday 2 pm: (School Holidays and Jul-Aug)
Cost: £28 – Adult | £21 – Child (under 16)
Harry Potter Tour of Gloucester and Lacock by Brit Movie Tours
In addition to their London tour, Brit Movie Tours also offer a 10-hour walking tour of Gloucester and Lacock. Walk through the grounds of Hogwarts and stand in the rooms used for Snape’s potions class and Quirrell’s Defence Against the Dark Arts. Gloucester is only about a 2-hour train ride from London, so this tour makes for a great day trip.
- Thursdays at 8:30am
Cost: £75 – Adult | £65 – Child (under 16)
London TV & Movie Heroes Tour by Brit Movie Tours
This tour offers a great overview of the many different TV shows and movies that have been filmed in London. Guided by local actors and actresses, the tour is approximately 3 hours and starts at Temple Station. If you’re interested in learning about a wide variety of films shot in London, in addition to Harry Potter, then this tour is for you!
- Saturdays at 2:30 pm
Cost: £28 – Adult | £21 – Child (under 16)
This 2 ½ hour guided walking tour has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. The company that operates this tour does nothing else but Harry Potter tours – that’s how good they are! Group size is limited to no more than 20 muggles. This tour is a great value and family friendly!
When: These tours run almost every day most mornings and afternoons, but be sure to check their calendar of tour dates.
Cost: £14 – Adult | £12 – Child (11 and under)
NOTE: You will need to purchase a ticket for the London Underground as the tour travels by tube from Westminster to King’s Cross.
London Walks offers 2 Harry Potter tours, each covering a different part of London. On the London Town tour, you’ll see the entrance to the Ministry of the Magic, the flight path of Death-Eaters, and other movie sites around the Thames, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. The City tour includes sites like Diagon Alley and the locations used for the Leaky Cauldron as well as some famous London sites not part of the movies, like the ‘Gherkin’ and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
When: London Town tour on Saturdays 2 pm, The City tour on Wednesdays and Sundays 2 pm
- £12 – adults
- £3 – children, under 8 free.
- £8 – for concessions.
BUS AND TAXI TOURS
Also offered by offered by Brit Movie Tours, this 2½-3 hour tour is twice the price of their walking tour, but perfect for rainy days or for those who want to relax and enjoy the comfort of their luxury mini-bus to see many of the same sites listed above. There are opportunities to get off the bus and take pictures as well. Guides are enthusiastic and informative.
When: Saturday 2 pm: (Jan-mid-Dec 2016); Wednesday 2 pm (Mar-Sep 2016); Thursday 2 pm: (Jun-Aug); Friday 2 pm: (School Holidays and Jul-Aug). Schedule changes seasonally so be sure to check their calendar.
Cost: Adult (16 years+): £27; Children (under 16): £20
Brit Movie Tours also offer a Harry Potter Walking Tour of London.
When: Friday 2:30 pm and Sunday 2 pm (Mar-Oct 2016); Monday and Tuesday 2 pm (Jul-Aug 2017). Schedule changes seasonally so be sure to check their calendar.
Cost: Adults £12 adults (16 years+): children (under 16 years) £10. You will need to purchase a London Underground Travelcard valid to travel in Zone 1.
London Taxi offers a small group tour in a 6 seater taxi. The flat rate for the tour is £260 for 3 hours, so if your group is 6 people, you’ll pay £43.33 per person. That may sound like a lot but you are picked up and dropped off at your hotel (that saves you public transport money for 6 people!). The taxis are air-conditioned in the summer and the fleet is made up mostly of the new Mercedes London taxi and is also wheelchair accessible.
Cost: £260 flat for 3 hours, maximum 6 people.
This interactive tour is a “quest” to find Harry Potter who has been kidnapped as part of Voldemort’s plan to use CERN to hide all the Horcruxes, including Harry, in dimensions beyond our own, forever, guaranteeing his invincibility. The only ones who can prevent this disaster are muggles – that’s where you come in. You must find Harry before it’s too late. By sending and receiving texts, you will be given a series of tasks and clues that – if successful – you will save the world! Because Quest tours are messaging based tours, you’ll need to be able to send and receive texts, picture messages, and go online during the tour to participate and complete the quests. Therefore, you should make sure you have a good data plan for London or you will end up with a large phone bill! Audio and video content is streamed to your device, so a pair of headphones is recommended. The more participants in your group, the more savings in ticket cost you get. Tours start at a location in Central London and end in a top secret location.
When: You choose the date and time.
Cost: 1 player £23, 2-4 players £20 per person. Price decreases with the more players you have, however, 5 players or more starting from £25. It recommends no more than 4 people share one device.
The Harry Potter Themed Hotel
At the Georgian House Hotel in London, Potter fans can stay in wizard themed rooms. You can’t book the rooms online, rather you need to contact the hotel for a quote. Call them 0(207) 834 1438 and/or email: email@example.com. The reviews on TripAdvisor concern the Wizard Rooms are generally very positive and a recurring comment is that these rooms are a real treat for fans.