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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

1. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts’ House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose either a short boat trip down the Thames or take the world-famous London Underground. Both the boat and Underground options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. 800-year-old Borough Market 3. Sir Francis Drake's world-famous Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. 900-year-old Clink Prison 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

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London: Harry Potter Walking Tour with Platform 9 3/4

2. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour with Platform 9 3/4

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with wonderful trivia as you visit many of the iconic real-life locations that inspired the book and were featured in the movies. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. Discover amazing facts about the books and films, and see many of the film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour includes familiar Harry Potter film locations as well as iconic London landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Leadenhall Market. You can also take souvenir photos of Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Train Station. Along the route of this magical Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take pictures and see the film locations up-close as well as places that inspired JK Rowling in her writings.

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London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

3. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London on an interactive guided walking tour. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with wonderful trivia as you visit many of the iconic real-life locations that inspired the book and were featured in the movies. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. Discover amazing facts about the books and films, and see many of the film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour not only includes familiar Harry Potter film locations but also iconic London landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Leadenhall Market. Along the route of this magical Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take pictures and see the film locations up-close as well as places that inspired JK Rowling in her writings. Leave this tour feeling full of amazing Harry Potter trivia and almost as though you had been in one of the films or the books.

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From London: Harry Potter Studio and Oxford Small Group Tour

4. From London: Harry Potter Studio and Oxford Small Group Tour

Depart London and journey to the city of Oxford to explore the real college buildings, including the medieval Divinity School (admission included). Upon arrival in the university city founded in 1167, take a 1.5-hour guided tour of the historical center and admire some of the most famous college buildings, cloisters and quadrangles. Delve down alleyways and into chapels, look inside dining halls and across cobblestone squares under the shadows of the legendary "dreaming spires." Enter the hallowed heartland of academia, including the Bodleian Library, Radcliff Camera, Sheldonian Theatre and other select colleges.  You then depart Oxford before journeying towards Warner Bros. Studio to take "The Making of Harry Potter" tour. Located in former aircraft hangars in the residential district of Leavesden, the unique attraction recreates the magic of Harry Potter and all your favorite characters. Board the original "Hogwarts Express" train at a recreation of Platform 9¾, and explore the inside of the train carriage featured in the films. Take a selfie with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the station's brick wall. The guides will reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets and unveil the intricate prosthetics and make-up that transformed actors into creatures in the blockbuster films. See sets from the original movies, and get a peek inside the college of Hogwarts during the 4-hour studio tour. Journey through attractions such as The Great Hall, Gryffindor Common, Hagrid's Hut, the Weasleys' kitchen and the Ministry of Magic. Take a tour of the back lot and a special effects tour, see a model of Hogwarts Castle and much more.

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Harry Potter 3-Hour Bus Tour of London Movie Sites

5. Harry Potter 3-Hour Bus Tour of London Movie Sites

The 3-hour tour by air-conditioned mini coach includes many of the film locations and inspirations from all 8 films in the series, including King's Cross Station, which was used to film Platform 9 ¾, 12 Grimmauld Place, and the sites used for the Leaky Cauldron. With the locations scattered across the capital, the Harry Potter Tour of London is the best way to see the sites. You will also get to see many other familiar landmarks along the way, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. Learn about magic and how the films were made. See how good your Harry Potter knowledge is as you tour. Along the way you will have the chance to get off the bus on several occasions, stretch your legs, take pictures and see the locations up close.

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London: Private City Highlights and Harry Potter Black Cab Tour with Transfer

6. London: Private City Highlights and Harry Potter Black Cab Tour with Transfer

Discover London's historic monuments and the film locations from the Harry Potter movies on a sightseeing tour by iconic black cab. A private guide will take you past landmarks that include Westminster Abbey, where British royalty has been crowned since 1066. Stand outside Buckingham Palace and watch the traditional Changing of the Guards ceremony. See the seat of government at the Houses of Parliament and famous Big Ben. Pass the fabulous department store of Harrods, and the stylish shops of Kensington. Then stop for lunch in an historic pub, right on the banks of the River Thames. Continue to the Tower of London, and walk around the most impressive medieval fortress in Britain. See the old and new buildings of the City of London, the square mile that the Romans built more than 2,000 years ago. During the course of your tour, you will visit shops that are over 300 years old and still trading, visit a pub that sells corpses, see a house with false windows, and learn the story of Winston Churchill’s cigar chair. You will also look for all the locations of the legendary Harry Potter movies, including the Leaky Cauldron of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone”. Discover the bridge destroyed by Death Eaters in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Trace the broomstick flight down the Thames that Harry took in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” And drive to King’s Cross Station to stand by Platform 9 ¾.

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London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

7. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Start at the Monument to the Great Fire of London, discover how a baby dragon destroyed 80% of London, how magic was used to put out the fire, and how an innocent muggle was accused of starting the fire. After this, marvel at the stunning Victorian Leadenhall Market, a famous filming location thanks to its beautiful neo-gothic architecture, stunning color scheme, and cobblestone streets, and hear how dragons have a special place in the heart of modern-day London. Next, cross London Bridge and take in the sights, such as the Shard, The Tower of London, and HMS Belfast. Whilst on the bridge, hear how a daring driver crossed Tower Bridge in a double-decker bus as it was opening, with the bus full of passengers. Stroll along the river Thames visiting some of Bankside's most famous muggle and magical attractions, including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, where some of the most powerful words in the English language have been performed on stage. Walk across Millennium Bridge and take a moment to close your eyes and feel the bridge swaying in the breeze. Once across the bridge, learn why it sways, and why death eaters attacked the bridge in the opening moments of The Half-Blood Prince. Carry on to St Paul's Cathedral and listen to how this site of religious worship goes back to the Romans, how the medieval church was once used as a stable, and how it survived the bombings of the London Blitz. Find out which famous wizards stood on the roof of this iconic building. From here, take either a bus or the train, with your guide, and journey from the City of London to the neighboring City of Westminster. Once in the City of Westminster, visit some of the magical places which inspired the writer J. K. Rowling to create the magical world of Harry Potter. Along the way, see Trafalgar Square and identify some of the fantastic beasts which live here, and how and why the square was used for the Harry Potter film premieres. Finally, explore some of the City of Westminster's most memorable filming locations from the Harry Potter film series before taking the underground train to visit Kings Cross, home of Platform 9 and 3/4.

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Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

8. Edinburgh: The Royal City Tour from London

Edinburgh The train from London's King Cross Station arrives at the Royal City of Edinburgh at around 11.30am. Right by the station you board the open-top sightseeing bus where you'll get a bird's-eye view of this majestic city! The hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like. You will see the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the gloriously intricate Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyrood House and the brand new Scottish Parliament building. You might want to wander through the cobbled city centre streets or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbreads that have made Scotland famous! Your tour includes tickets to Edinburgh Castle. The train back to London leaves Edinburgh in the late afternoon returning to London's King's Cross at around 10:30pm.

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London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

9. London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

Join your tour wizard for a magical unforgettable 3-hour journey through the London locations of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts "Crimes of Grindelwald"! Starting your magical journey in the City of London, you’ll meet your Wizard Guide who will make sure that everyone is ready for an extraordinary adventure. Together, you’ll follow in the footsteps of your favorite Harry Potter characters such as Harry, Hermione, and Ron or Magizoologist Newt Scamander who finds himself waving farewell to New York in the “Crimes of Grindelwald” movie. You’ll enjoy unique access to some of the most famous London locations, including Diagon Alley, Leadenhall Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your very own magical tour guide will help you to discover the real-life movie magic used to create the beloved Harry Potter prequel and original film series while visiting famous, real-life London locations.  Get the inside scoop on the London attractions that inspired J.K. Rowling’s vision, and see how real-life London magically merges with her invented world. Sights visited: • Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾  • Warner Bros Official Souvenir Shop at Kings Cross  • Diagon Alley – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits • The Bank of England  • The Royal Exchange  • Dickens Lane in City of London  • The 14th century Leadenhall Market  • The Monument  • London Bridge  • Southwark Cathedral – 1,000 years old • The 13th century Borough Market – London’s oldest • The 16th century ship: Golden Hinde  • Winchestor Cathedral Archaeological Site  • The 12th century Clink Prison  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre  • The Death Eaters Millennium Bridge  • City of Westminster School - where Daniel Radcliffe went to school)  • St Paul’s Cathedral

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Harry Potter film locations Tour in London

10. Harry Potter film locations Tour in London

Put your cloaks, glasses, and hats on grab your wands, and off we go. Sit back and relax in your iconic London taxi cab and set off down the streets of London in search of Harry Potter facts and locations. The 3-hour private tour is a treasure chest of top Potter sights, with Harry quizzes to keep you on your toes. See Gringot’s Bank, and walk over the Knight Bus bridge. Stroll to the Leaky Cauldron from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” and stand at the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Take souvenir photos of the Third Hand Book Emporium. See the bridge destroyed by Death Eaters in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and trace the broomstick flight down the Thames that Harry took in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Your guide will present photos of the props used at King’s Cross Station for the Ministry of Magic and Platform 9 ¾, and add in some special surprises worthy of a wizard.

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What people are saying about King's Cross Station

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,304 reviews

We attended this tour with our daughters ages 10 & 7 on 12/27/21. Our tour guide Ana was a lovely person who really made the experience fun for the kids (and mom). They are excited to watch the movies again so that they can spot the filming locations we visited. It would be fairly impossible to find some of these locations on your own unless you are very familiar with London. I highly recommend this tour if you are visiting, especially with kids (or any HP fan, really). We finished around lunch time and still had time to make it to Windsor Castle for the afternoon tour there.

Whilst we live in London, we found this tour super fun and informative. We were taken to places that we didn't even know existed! Hagrid/John, our guide, is extremely knowledgeable and engaging throughout. Highly recommend this tour to all - locals or visitors!!

Everyone had a good time. It was interactive and entertaining.

Great for all ages - an interesting tour of central london

It was amazing, and having the transition was great