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Harry Potter Walking Tour London

Updated: January 10, 2024
 By Margaret

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. We offer Harry Potter Tours both on foot and via Black Cab so read below to find out more!

Free Tours by FootExcellentFree Tours by Foot4.9 Based on 730 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onDanielle W.Danielle W. ★★★★★ This was my third tour through Free Tours by Foot London and I love this company. Highly recommend the WWII tour, even if you are only kind-of interested in WWII, as you’ll get lots of extra information about the City of London too.I took the tour with Canice and he was awesome! He did a great job engaging everyone on the tour and knew so many facts. His impressions were great - he had a pretty good American accent (I’m American) and a spot-on Winston Churchill impression. We all asked several questions and he was able to answer all of them and give great context, even for the non-WWII related questions. There were a few folks on the tour who seemed to know a lot about WWII already and Canice was able tailor his content for those advanced folks as well as the beginner audience. That’s very hard to do!I also love that Free Tours by Foot provides a “pay what you like” model, making walking tours and learning accessible to everyone. If you have the means, I recommend paying your tour guide the same price you’d have on a “pay for a ticket” tour. These guides are incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining and do a fantastic job. For reference, I saw another WWII tour going for £35. Canice’s tour was well worth that price!Andrea H.Andrea H. ★★★★★ Just completed one of the Jack the Ripper tours with Ash. What a fantastic evening tour - thank you for humanizing the victims in this story and not glorifying the serial killer! I appreciated your story telling so much!Patrick H.Patrick H. ★★★★★ Absolutely loved the Westminster tour with Maggie! Starting in Green Park, to the Changing of the Guard, St James Palace, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guard Parade, Big Ben, Parliament. Along the way Maggie explained the history and had great stories to make the whole thing entertaining and educational. Would highly recommend, a great way to spend the morning in London.Marie G.Marie G. ★★★★★ Just returned from another fabulous trip to London. Booked a tour with Sinead O Leary with Free Tours by Foot London. It was absolutely amazing as usual. Sinead is a gem! So knowledgeable, entertaining and compassionate. My daughter uses a wheelchair for mobility and Sinead arranged a tour to Windsor for us. She arranged the cab and accompanied us to Windsor for the most amazing tour. Spending the day at the castle with Sinead was the best. We learned so much about the history of the castle, the art work, and its long list of past residents. She was so helpful with assisting my daughter around the castle. To fully appreciate Windsor, a private tour with Sinead is a must. If you or a member of your party has special needs or mobility issues she will take care of you and assure you have a great visit! I can’t say enough about what an amazing tour guide she is‼️Kristin H.Kristin H. ★★★★★ Loved Sinead! She kept us moving without feeling rushed. We saw it all, but more importantly we laughed and enjoyed the stories behind the stories.Gizzy05Gizzy05 ★★★★★ I booked the City of London Tour and it was exceptional! It turned out that I was the only one. My „personal guide“, Matt, was very knowledgeable and the tour was both entertaining and fun. Highly recommended!Kimberley P.Kimberley P. ★★★★★ A great way to explore London and see some areas that you wouldn't see otherwise, and you pay what you can afford. The guides are very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions.Tessa B.Tessa B. ★★★★★ We hebben de bermondsey beer mile expierence gedaan met Dan. Dan was super enthousiast en wist veel over bier, de omgeving en de stad te vertellen. We waren met een klein groepje, 5 in totaal. 2 gezelschappen en de gids. Het was een super leuke ervaring waarbij we ook tijd hadden om elkaar te leren kennen en over culturen te praten, omdat de groep zo klein was. Heerlijke biertjes geproefd en toffe plekken gezien. Echt een aanrader!Carine C.Carine C. ★★★★★ Great tour full of great information. Margaret was brilliant and very friendly. We really enjoyed it.jefferson lord (.jefferson lord (. ★★★★★ (Jack The Ripper)Absolutely fantastic tour, Sinead (our guide ) really seduces you into a brutally descriptive immersion of 1888 white chapel and each of the canonical 5 murders. Would certainly book more tours with her.Brenda C.Brenda C. ★★★★★ Candice was out your guide and he was fabulous! Loved this tour and we learned so much about the city!Jill K.Jill K. ★★★★★ It was perfect in every way! Sinead is a treasure and such a welcoming ambassador for London. We will be talking about the tour for years to come. We are already thinking about our next trip and booking another walking tour!PM J.PM J. ★★★★★ Jack-the-Ripper-Tour mit Sinead war großartig. Sie hat ein großes, dramatisches Talent und schafft es, die Athmospäre des alten Eastend heraufzubeschwören… gleichzeitig ist sie unheimlich freundlich und hat sich um alle Teilnehmer sehr gut gekümmert 🙂 Wir waren begeistert!Damien C.Damien C. ★★★★★ Tanja H.Tanja H. ★★★★★ Eine hervorragende Stadtführung mit erfahrenen Guides die einen auch an verborgene Ecken führen, die man selber nie gefunden hätte. Ich habe zwei Führungen in London mitgemacht, eine Geisterführung und eine Führung in der City of London, also dem alten Teil der Stadt. Es werden aber noch andere Führungen angeboten. Das schöne ist, dass man zwar einen Platz reservieren muss (geht manchmal noch sm selben Morgen) aber bezahlt wird erst nach der Führung und nur das, was es einem Wert war. Es gibt auch etliche Videos auf Youtube, die man sich als Vorgeschmack anschauen kann. Die meisten Führungen werden zwar ausschließlich in Englisch angeboten aber es gibt wohl auch manchmal Führungen auf Deutsch. Ich kann diese Firma wärmstens empfehlen.Christie Sears T.Christie Sears T. ★★★★★ I took two different tours with this company and both were fantastic! Both Sinead and Alan are great guides!Alba B.Alba B. ★★★★★ We booked two different tours in London and had a great experience. The Ghost tour and the Street art tour were very interesting and the guides were great. I will definitely book tours with them next time I am around.Christopher O.Christopher O. ★★★★★ Brilliant tour. Really interesting and informative. Our guide Nelly was so knowledgeable, clear and friendly. Highly recommended.AmélieAmélie ★★★★★ The tour was amazing! Our guide was Margaret, a really nice woman who knew the answer to every possible question we had - even regarding sights we didn't tour but were curious about. We booked the "London in one day" tour and visited the popular sights as well as little streets we would have never seen if it wasn't for the tour. We learned a lot of stuff, mostly really fun facts, anecdotes and the history behind the places. Margaret made the tour so much fun with her way of explaining things so it really didn't feel like six hours. She gave us many recommendations for other places to visit or to get some food. I'd recommend this tour to everyone!janet A.janet A. ★★★★★ Margaret Stockton-Davies was very personable, knowledgeable, good at keeping tour group together, answered all questions, easy to hear, nice sense of humor. Fun tour.S KS K ★★★★★ Margaret led our tour and did a great job. Please be aware of pick pockets targeting these tours.Wanda B.Wanda B. ★★★★★ Most enjoyable walking tour with Margaret, she was very knowledgeable about the history of London, royalty and landmarks. Margaret told stories in a delightful manner, including silly trivia.I would recommend her tour without any hesitation.LindsayLindsay ★★★★★ I did the World War II walking tour with Canice. I really enjoyed it and I was happy that a lot of details and images were shown throughout the tour in addition to physical sites. All of the information was comprehensible even if you, like me, know about WWII but are not an expert. I really enjoyed seeing the sites of the London Blitz and learning a lot about its history. I highly recommend!tali B.tali B. ★★★★★ המדריך ששמו canice היה מצוין! נתן הרבה מידע מתובל בהומור, בעל ידע רב. נהננו ולמדו רבות!SRIDHAR R.SRIDHAR R. ★★★★★ Execellent and cheapest way to explore if you are first time visitingJennifer I.Jennifer I. ★★★★★ The Grand Central Terminal tour with John on 05/28/32 was brilliant. Highly recommended.Lauren U.Lauren U. ★★★★★ We did Shakespeare’s London with Canice, and had a blast. He made southwark history extremely accessible and had an abundance of fabulous quips and anecdotes. The time flew by, I’d highly recommend!!Sandra R.Sandra R. ★★★★★ Gregory did a fantastic job guiding us in Birmingham. We had no idea of what we could expect from this city, and we were strongly surprised. Thank you Greg!R S.R S. ★★★★★ We have been to many walking tours, but Margaret's tour was a cut above the rest. She was funny, knowledgeable and kept the momentum going. There was not one boring or tiring moment in the trip.Reader of M.Reader of M. ★★★★★ Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. ★★★★★ Thanks for the lovely tour - really appreciated the stories and details you layered into our conversation!Jandy H.Jandy H. ★★★★★ My walking tour with Margaret was amazing. She’s not only knowledgeable but her energy made the tour so much fun and enjoyable.perry W.perry W. ★★★★★ Like watching 👀Daria P.Daria P. ★★★★★ The tour London all in one with Margaret was really well prepared, organised and full of information. I enjoyed it even though weather wasn;t the best! It seems quite long, but thank to to Margaret's charisma and coffee break surely doable! Margarte was also caring about your safety, needs and more than happy to chat between stops and give useful recommendations!Jude M.Jude M. ★★★★★ While researching an upcoming trip to the UK from Australia I stumbled across the Free Tours by Foot YouTube channel and have been captivated ever since. Sinead is a brilliant guide who, with just a camera and herself, has given me an amazing insight into London even before I’ve actually arrived! Thank you Sinead. I will thank you in person in September 😊Anke van den B.Anke van den B. ★★★★★ Greg was the best tourguide you could wish! Thank you for aswering all our questions!Ines KInes K ★★★★★ I really enjoyed their tours.James D.James D. ★★★★★ Great tour of Westminster, Sinead was most definitely entertaining your guide and most importantly knowledgeable about Westminster!mark O.mark O. ★★★★★ Gregory opened our eyes to the fascinating history of Birmingham. It was a total pleasure throughout the tour. We would strongly recommend to everyone who comes to this city, to take advantage of the opportunity to learn about BirminghamKalina A.Kalina A. ★★★★★ ExcellentGreat tour with Margaret in London. She is very knowledgeable. The tour was so interesting. I highly recommend to everyone.Sankalp K.Sankalp K. ★★★★★ Margaret makes the mood all jolly while she gives us tour of London. Loved the experience.Gaveriela T.Gaveriela T. ★★★★★ Outstanding tour by Maciek (Polish origin) of Soho and Piccadilly on Thursday Feb 23, 2023.Outstanding tour by (do not remember) of Notting Hill on Saturday Feb 25, 2023.Both were professional, gentle, eloquent – real joy. Highly recommendedיואב בן א.יואב בן א. ★★★★★ shruti M.shruti M. ★★★★★ Eric B.Eric B. ★★★★★ Alexandra WAlexandra W ★★★★★ Great tour with Margrit! Highly recommend it!!!!Alice A.Alice A. ★★★★★ Really great walking tour from Amanda! Lots of knowledge and kept it very enticing with lots of history as well as life in Prague. Would definitely recommend!js_loader


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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 8th installment of the Harry Potter series- 'Harry Potter & the Cursed Child'. Tickets?

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 its labyrinthine Old City - depending on the day.

Free Harry Potter Tour London

The journey will take you on 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)
  • Cecil's Court (aka Diagon Alley)
  • St. Paul’s (Geometrical Staircase as seen in the Prisoner of Azkaban)*
  • Godwin’s Court (aka Knockturn Alley)
  • The Palace Theatre (home to the ‘The Cursed Child' - the 8th story in the Harry Potter franchise) - Tickets*
  • Horseguards Avenue (Ministry of Magic Staff Entrance as seen in Deathly Hallows Part 1)
  • Millennium Bridge (rebuilt after the attack by the Death Eaters! (then a walk past Shakespeare's globe) 
  • 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)
  • Downing Street (Muggle Prime Minister's Office and location of communication between the Muggle PM and the wizarding world)
    Note: 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.)

*Please note that though we do stop at St. Paul's Cathedral and the Palace Theatre, we do not go inside.

Palace Theatre London Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Tour Information


For groups of up to 5, click here to reserve. If your group is 6 or more, please check out our private tours page or contact us.


Meet your guide outside Costa Coffee opposite London Bridge Station.

From London Bridge Station, take the exit for "Borough Market" and cross the street. (MAP)

The tour ends near Parliament Square and Whitehall.


Approximately 2.5 hours.



This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done.

name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.


Our friends at London Black Cab Tours can show you all the London Harry Potter sites you won't want to miss, all while being chauffeured in the comfort of an iconic black London Taxi!

This 4-hour tour will take you to iconic filming sites like Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron as well as giving you fascinating trivia about the movies from your knowledgable guides.

To find out more or to book one of these tours, contact our London Manager: Margaret@FreeToursbyFoot.Com


If you can't make our tour, don't worry! You can use this guide below to Potter locations in London.

Or you can try our GPS-led audio tour, which you can take any time you wish. Here's a sample.

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 across London, which includes many more places for you to visit.

Click here for our full interactive tour map.

London Harry Potter London Tour Map

The tour starts at Liverpool Street Station

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. For directions from each stop, use the map or audio tour.

1. Leadenhall Market - Diagon Alley/Leaky Cauldron 1

Leadenhall Market has sat in this location since the 14th century (map)!

However, most of what you can see today dates from the late 1800s 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.

2. Borough Market, 7A Stoney Street Diagon Alley/Leady Cauldron 2 

In the muggle world, this shop is a charming florist with a prime location in the historic and popular Borough Market (map).

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.

3. Millennium Bridge - Site of Death Eater Attack 

Watch out for Death Eaters as you make your way from the north to the south bank of the River Thames over the Millennium Bridge (map).

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.

4.  Australia House Gringotts Bank

The longest continuously occupied diplomatic mission in the U.K., (built entirely with marble shipped all the way from Australia), Australia House served as the setting for Gringotts Wizarding Bank (map).

Unlike other sites on this tour, it is the interior of this building that was where scenes were filmed for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

It's here that Hagrid takes Harry to the wizarding bank for the first time.  

The scene was filmed in Australia House's 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.

5. Lincoln’s Inn Fields - Number 12 Grimmauld Place 1

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 (map).

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.

6. Piccadilly Circus - Where the Trio Go On the Run

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 turns up right in front of a passing No. 19 bus in the middle of Piccadilly Circus (map).

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 walks 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 ends up in a violent duel with Death Eaters…so mind your step!

7. Cecil Court and Goodwin’s Court - The inspiration for Diagon Alley? Or…the REAL Diagon Alley? 

A small alleyway just off the bustling Charing Cross Road, Cecil Court is believed by many to have been the inspiration for Diagon Alley (map). 

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!

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.

TIP: Read our full post on finding the real Diagon Alleys

8. Trafalgar Square - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Film Premiere 

It was here in Trafalgar Square (map) 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.

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.

9. Old Scotland Yard - The Ministry of Magic 

Home to muggle politicians, both Whitehall and Great Scotland Yard (map) was used to represent the magical counterpart of our muggle organizations.

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!

10. Number 10 Downing Street - Direct link to the Minister for Magic 

It is inside the Prime Minister’s office at Number 10 Downing Street (map) 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.

11. Westminster Underground Station - Tube Station for Ministry of Magic 

It's the 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, (map) 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)!

12. No. 23–29 Claremont Square (No. 12 Grimmauld Place 2) 

Tucked away on an unassuming street in Islington lies Claremont Square (map), 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 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, 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.

13. Kings Cross (Platform 9 ¾)

Every Potterhead knows that Platform 9 ¾ is the location of Kings Cross Station (map) that the Hogwarts Express departs from (on the 1st of September every year).

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.

First, for the muggles among us, we would never be able to see it. The second, and the 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.

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 our photographs taken right outside the barrier.

Find out even more by reading our detailed blog post.

TIP: Next to the photo opportunity is the fabulous Platform 9 ¾ Shop, filled with sweets and scarves, wands and wizards, books, and bludgers! 


Optional Stop – London Zoo (map)

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 detailed post on Harry Potter locations throughout London.


It's easy to get to Warner Brothers Film Studios in Leavesden, a 200-acre complex where all the Harry Potter movies were filmed.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter

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 Harry Potter 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 depending on the date, so check their calendar.  Note: Tickets must be purchased in advance and are not sold at the Studio. 

This ticket does not include transportation from London with return (see below).

  • Free – 4 and under
  • £47 – Adult (16+ years)
  • £38 – Child (5-15 years and must be accompanied by an adult)
  • £56.95 – Complete Studio Tour Package Adult
  • £47.95 – Complete Studio Tour Package Child
  • £150 – Family Package (includes either two adults with two children or one adult with three children).

Find out more here to purchase tickets.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter – Dedicated tour Guide and transportation included

There are several tour operators that offer packages that include your ticket to the studio with timed entry and also transportation from London by coach or train.

Typically, these tours cost approximately £86 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.

For die-hard Harry Potter fans, this might be the way for you to go.

Included in the price:

  • admission with the timed entry
  • dedicated studio tour guide
  • headsets when appropriate
  • transportation to and from the meeting point in Central London
  • one butterbeer per guest. 

When: check their calendar for availability. 


Tip: Book at least a month in advance as this tour sells out quickly.


Below are a schedule and description of various free and paid Harry Potter London walking tours. We also list bus and taxi tours. 

Disclosure: While we think you should take our free tour, we also recommend a few other companies. And while our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.

TIP: 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 Walking Tour by Brit Movie Tours

This tour covers all the major sites and is 2.5 hours long.


  • Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 pm (Jan – Dec)
  • Daily at 2 pm (School Holidays and 1 Jun – 30 Sep)

Cost: £15 - 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.

When: at 2 pm on the below days

  • Wednesdays (during School Holidays and Feb- Oct)
  • Thursdays (during School Holidays and Jul-Aug)
  • Fridays (during School Holidays and Jul-Aug)
  • Saturdays (Jan-Dec)
  • Sundays (during School Holidays and Apr-Oct)

Cost: £30 - Adult | £21 - Child (under 16)

Muggles Tours

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: £18.36 Adult | £12.75 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

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 River 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 at 2 pm, The City tour on Wednesdays and Sundays at 2 pm


  • £15 - adults
  • £10 - super adults (65+)
  • £5 - children, under 8 free

Harry Potter Bus Tour of London 

This is run by Brit Tours and is a 2½-3 hour tour that 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: at 2 pm on the following days

  • Wednesdays (during School Holidays and Feb- Oct)
  • Thursdays (during School Holidays and Jul-Aug)
  • Fridays (during School Holidays and Jul-Aug)
  • Saturdays (Jan-Dec)
  • Sundays (during School Holidays and Apr-Oct)

Schedule changes seasonally so be sure to check their calendar.

Cost: Adult (13 years+): £30 | Children (under 13): £21

Harry Potter Film Location Tours by Taxi

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 which is also wheelchair accessible.

When: Contact them about your desired date.

Cost: £290 flat for 4 hours, £490 flat for 8 hours, maximum of 6 people.


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 at 0(207) 834 1438 and/or email:  

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.


About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries. Read More...
Updated: January 10th, 2024
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