Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter movies were filmed in various locations throughout London. All of the locations are remarkable, and I suggest you see as many of them as you can when you visit London. My advice is going to have a little twist to it!

I'm going to suggest you make it fun and adventurous by doing the tour yourself - with my guidance, of course! Don't pay for a Harry Potter Tour that may charge you $50 and up for each person. This could cost you more than $200 for a family of four, when all of the sites are free to go to and look at for yourself! I know this because I lived in London!

OK, Let's get started on saving more money, and take a journey into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! My first very important tip would be - do not go to every location in a single day, since they are scattered all over London. Visit a couple of the Harry Potter sites, and then visit other non-Harry Potter London tourist attractions in that same area.

This will save you zig-zagging all over London just to see Harry Potter locations and missing other sites, to only return to the other sites on another day wasting precious time and money!

Day One - 1st Stop on the Hogwarts Express

Take the London tube to King's Cross Station to see Platform 9-3/4. Make sure you go to Platforms 9, 10 and 11 before exiting the station (I'm told you will not be let in to see Platform 9-3/4 without having a train ticket). By the way, you'll learn more about the London tube, and how easy it is to travel in my "London Tube" and "London Travelcards" section of this website.

The Hogwarts Express carries the students to Hogwarts Castle at the beginning of every school term. You will see a luggage trolly disappearing into the wall marked "Platform 9-3/4". Make the most of this unique photo opportunity!

Day One - 2nd Stop on the Hogwarts Express

St. Pancras International Rail Station is right across the street from King's Cross Station. Walk outside of St. Pancras Station, and take a look at the marvelous Gothic architecture. Here you will recognize this amazing place to be the scene where Harry and Ron took off in the Weasley's magical Ford Anglia after missing their train to Hogwarts Castle in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets".

London Tourist Attractions to see near King's Cross/St. Pancras Stations

The British Library (right next to St. Pancras Station) 96 Euston Rd, London W1

The Canal Museum, 12/13 New Wharf Rd, London W1

St. Pancras Old Church and Cemetary (behind St. Pancras Station) - Believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship.

Day One - 3rd Stop on the Hogwarts Express

Regents Park - Home to the Reptile House in the London Zoo where Harry found he could communicate with a boa constrictor snake in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". Not only will you see the Reptile House, you can visit the rest of the London Zoo.

Getting to London Zoo

You could actually walk to the London Zoo from King's Cross Station in about 25 minutes - if you're feeling energetic! It's about 1-3/4 miles away. OK, if you prefer transportation to the London Zoo, take a London black taxi cab, or you can get back on the underground at King's Cross Station and go to Great Portland Street Station. Walk into Regent's Park, and the zoo is at the other end of the park.

Secret Tip

Another one of my secret tips just for you would be to plan your London and Harry Potter tour before you even arrive in England by going to walkit.com and planning accordingly - that is when sites are within walking distance of each other. You'll never get lost or not know where to walk to for attractions! For this particular walk, you are going from King's Cross Station to London Zoo.

By now, you're probably exhausted and ready to head back to your hotel. Don't forget, though, on the way back to stop at one of the many London pubs for dinner and a pint! You can have Shepherd's Pie or Bangers and Mash! Otherwise, there are many great Fish and Chip shops where you can eat dinner fairly cheaply!



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