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Love Harry Potter - Visit filming locations while studying English in London or in the UK

One of the coolest things about learning English abroad is that you will be able to explore places where your favourites films were shot and usually you can visit them for free. When in London/UK you can pretend to be in the magical world of Harry Potter.


LONDON


Australia house - All the scenes from Gringotts were filmed inside Australia house. Unfortunately, Australia house is not open to visitors, but you can explore the outside of the house, it is 5 minutes’ walk from Temple tube station.


King’s Cross Station - Every Harry Potter’s fan knows how important this station is, after all, who never dreamed about grabbing your suitcase and getting onto the Hogwarts express by jumping through the wall on platform 9 ¾?


A curious fact about this famous platform is that there wasn’t any barrier between platforms 9 and 10 so in order to shoot the film, platforms 4 and 5 were renumbered by 9 and 10. Nowadays you can find one of the station walls at King’s Cross with a  9¾ sign and also a shop for souvenirs from the wizarding world.





Millennium Bridge - This important bridge in London was host to the first scene of Harry Potter and the half-blood prince. In that scary scene the bridge was destroyed by death-eaters. The closest tube/train station is Blackfriars.


London City Hall - The first scenes of Harry Potter and the half-blood prince were shot in London city hall. The nearest tube/train station is London Bridge and it is 4 minutes’ walk.


Claremont Square - This spot is 5 minutes’ walk from Angel tube station and was the film location of Grimmauld place. The screenwriters thought that somehow the row of those beautiful town houses at Claremont Square seemed magical.  


Piccadilly Circus - One of the picture postcards of London is also one of the filming locations in Harry Potter and the deathly hallows 1 where Harry, Hermione and Ron were almost hit by a London bus! The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus.


Leadenhall Market - This famous and beautiful market in London makes an appearance in Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone. It is 3 minutes’ walk from Monument tube station


Reptile House London Zoo - The scene where Harry Potter finds out that he can speak 'Snake' (talk to snakes) was shot at Reptile House of London Zoo. This spot is 5 minutes’ walk from Camden Town tube station.


St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - This stunning hotel was used as an entrance for King’s Cross station in Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets. St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is also famous for being a filming location of 102 dalmatians and Batman. The nearest tube/train station is King’s Cross St Pancras.


Great Scotland Yard - It was on this corner, 4 minutes’ walk from Embankment tube station, that Harry Potter and Ron Weasley got into the red telephone box which was the visitors’ entrance to the Ministry of Magic. Unfortunately, the cabin doesn’t exist anymore it was installed specifically for the scene and removed after filming! Great Scotland Yard is host to the London Police Force so behave when you are there!


You can find many amazing language schools that offer English courses for juniors in central London - International House London, Stafford House London, British Study Centres, Ardmore Language Schools and Redwing Education to name just a few.


ENGLAND


Durham Cathedral - Durham cathedral is situated in the city of Durham, 30 minutes from Newcastle. It was used as a film location for some of the Hogwarts internal and external scenes. The nearest train station is Durham.


Alnwick Castle - Alnwick is situated in less than 1-hour from Newcastle, North England. It is the 2nd biggest castle inhabited in England and was used as location in various scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The main line from London to Edinburgh stops in Alnmouth, 6.5 km from Alnwick.


If you want to learn English in this area International House Newcastle offers language courses for adults as well as young learners.





Malham Cove - 2 hours from Liverpool, the rocky landscape of Malham Cove was the hiding place for Harry and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1. The nearest train station is Gargrave and the language school we recommend in Liverpool is The Liverpool School of English.


New College, Oxford - This is the spot where everybody wears the emblem ‘‘Potter stinks’’ during the Tri-wizard Tournament. Oxford is easily accessible by train. New College is 1.6 km from Oxford station. Ardmore Language Schools have a  junior summer school right in the centre of Oxford.





Seven Sisters Country Park - Within an hour of Brighton, Seven Sisters Country Park was a filming spot for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry Potter found the boots that transported him to the Quidditch World Cup at the seven sisters’ cliffs. There are trains departing from London to Brighton, Seaford and Eastbourne often and there are many language schools that offer English courses for juniors in this area. Stafford House International has a school in Brighton, Ardmore Language Schools have summer camps in Eastbourne and Brighton and a little further west you can find CES Worthing.


SCOTLAND


Loch Etive - The lake on which Harry, Hermione and Ron were camping. The nearest city to the lake is Taynuilt and you can take a train from Glasgow Queen Street Station to get there.


Glen Coe - The filming location of a lot of scenes from various films of Harry Potter series. It is where Hagrid’s hut was located as well as the bridge leading to the entrance of Hogwarts. Fort William is the nearest station.


Glenfinnan - This bridge is 380 metres long and 30 metres high and is where the Hogwarts express was filmed passing by.  Enfinnan is the nearest station going between Fort William and Glenfinnan every day.





Lochaber Rural Complex - The spot was rented in March 2013, to shoot Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The scenes were filmed inside the premises because of the weather and Lochaber Rural Complex was also used as an office. Fort William is the nearest station with daily trains between Glasgow and Fort William.


The Jacobite Steam Train - You can visit the famous ‘‘Hogwarts express’’ at The Jacobite Steam train. It is recommended to arrive at Fort William a day before travelling to Jacobite. It's almost 3-hours' drive from Mackenzie School of English in Edinburgh  and ISSOS International in St Andrews or you can take a train from Glasgow to get there.