I’m slowly exploring the UK via the Harry Potter films by attempting to visit every single Harry Potter location. While sometimes it seems like a fruitless task (jeez there are a LOT) I have at least, finally, visited all of the Harry Potter filming locations in Yorkshire and North East England! All five of them. Yup, just five.
Considering I’m from the Lake District in North West England, it’s a lot easier for me to visit the Harry Potter locations in the north. That doesn’t mean that they’re particularly close by, just a lot closer than the ones in South England or in Scotland.
If you live in the North East and you’re curious if any are near you then you’ve come to the right place, my friend! I’ve written specific guides on where the Harry Potter filming locations are in the North East and Yorkshire, how to get there, where to snap the best photographs, etc. etc. Basically any helpful information you’d need to know! I’ve got you covered.
Harry Potter Filming Locations in Yorkshire & North East England
Harry Potter Filming Locations in Yorkshire
1. Goathland Station, Cow Wath Bank, Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5NF
Possibly the most picturesque and popular Harry Potter filming location in Yorkshire! And my personal favourite out of all the HP locations I’ve visited so far, I think. Goathland Station in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park features in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) as Hogsmeade train station for the end scene and also near the beginning. It’s still an active train station for on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway so you could ride on a steam train like the Hogwarts Express!
2. Malham Cove, Skipton, BD23 4DJ
This location is definitely one of the more obscure! The limestone pavement at Malham Cove featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) as one of the places where Hermione and Harry camp without Ron on their quest to find Horcruxes. Malham Cove is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is a fantastic place for an active day out.
Read my guide: Harry Potter Filming Locations at Malham Cove, Yorkshire
3. York Train Station, Station Road, York, YO24 1AB
York train station is a bit of a mini-location as there aren’t tonnes to see. A footbridge at this station stood in for King’s Cross Station in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Hagrid gives Harry his Hogwarts Express ticket on this bridge and while Harry puzzles over the number of the platform, Hagrid disappears. This little snippet was shot at York station, but the rest of the scene is definitely shot at King’s Cross, though.
I visited York train station on my way to another Harry Potter film location in Durham so my guide covers how to visit both locations in one trip!
Harry Potter Filming Locations in North East England
4. Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ
Alnwick Castle would be worth visiting even if it wasn’t a Harry Potter filming location. It’s a fantastic building and the town of Alnwick is beautiful, too. Alnwick Castle in Northumberland has been utilised for lots of different TV shows and films including the first two Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
The Outer Bailey is where flying lessons take place, as well as Oliver Wood’s private Quidditch training with Harry in Philosopher’s Stone. The Inner Bailey was used for the whomping willow crash scene in Chamber of Secrets. Alnwick Castle’s courtyard was also used several times when students are walking through the corridors between classes. And finally, the Lion Arch to the rear of the castle was used in Philosopher’s Stone when the threesome walks to Hagrid’s hut and the Forbidden Forest, and when Hagrid is dragging the Christmas tree.
So lots and lots of Harry Potter scenes shot at Alnwick Castle! They run filming location tours at Alnwick Castle, so read my guide if you want to find out more about those.
5. Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham, DH1 3EH
Last but not least, the most recent Harry Potter filming location I’ve visited. Durham Cathedral in County Durham is one of the oldest, most impressive Cathedrals in England and also featured in the first two Harry Potter films! There’s a bit of a running theme here, isn’t there? Only The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets shot in the North East, hmmm…
Durham Cathedral’s Cloister (essentially a courtyard) was used several times for corridor scenes and a couple of others. In The Philosopher’s Stone, Harry lets Hedwig fly while Hogwarts is covered in snow. In Chamber of Secrets, the Cloister is where Ron accidentally ‘eats slugs’ in front of the whole Slytherin Quidditch team.
The Chapter House at Durham Cathedral stood in for Professor McGonagall’s classroom in the first two Harry Potter movies. Firstly, when Harry and Ron are late to class and witness the professor emerging from her animagus form. And in the second film when McGonagall reluctantly tells the class about the Chamber of Secrets.
And those are all of the Harry Potter filming locations in Yorkshire and North East England! Have you visited any Harry Potter locations in England? Let me know in the comments below!