A FREE SELF GUIDED WALK OF LONDON AROUND
THE HARRY POTTER FILM LOCATIONS
A MAGICAL TOUR OF LONDON
Welcome to the Harry Potter London Tour and Treasure Hunt. This site of free London walks is brought to you by London Blue Badge Tourist Guide and author Richard Jones with the intention of providing a DIY tour and Treasure Hunt that will enable you to explore some of London's hidden away and most fascinating places at little or no cost.
In short you will be able to enjoy a truly magical day out in Central London.
DETAILED STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS
The tour is devised to be undertaken by bus and tube, and thus you are provided with step by step directions to enable you to find your way around London.
These detailed directions even tell you which underground Station to get on at, which one to get off at and then they guide you around hidden streets and secret places on a series of fascinating London walks that will introduce you to some truly magical places.
IT'S A TOUR AND A TREASURE HUNT
The Harry Potter Tour and London Treasure Hunt is aimed at families. Thus it has been structured as both a London tour and a London Treasure Hunt. It is intended to be both informative and entertaining.
DIVIDED INTO EASY TO FOLLOW SECTIONS
The tour is divided into easy to follow sections that guide you through the streets of London and each section of the Harry Potter Tour ends at a Harry Potter Film location.
The sections of the Harry Potter London Walking Tour are:-
- Harry Potter Tour From Leicester Square To Trafalgar Square.
- The Street that inspired Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and a visit to The Sherlock Holmes Pub.
- Harry Potter Walking Tour through Westminster via the Ministry of Magic.
- Harry Potter London Tour over Lambeth Bridge to Westminster Underground.
- Harry Potter Tour From Temple To Gringotts Bank.
- A Walk along Strand To The Real Diagon Alley.
- Over Blackfriars Bridge to the flight of the Order of the Phoenix Film Location.
- The Harry Potter London walk continues with a visit to the location of the Leaky Cauldron.
- Over London Bridge to Leadenhall Market the film location for Diagon Alley.
- To King's Cross to Visit Platform Nine and Three Quarters and other Harry Potter Locations.
- Harry Potter Tour of London Videos
- Download the free Harry Potter London walks PDF.
- News From Harry Potter London.
THE KIDS ARE OCCUPIED THROUGHOUT
Not only will parents be able to discover some wonderful parts of London, but the children will be kept occupied and interested searching for particular items, such as bits of street furniture, statues and so on and so forth.
The whole day becomes a true adventure as you make your way around the streets and Harry Potter film locations around London.
There will be a number of tasks that they have to perform on their Harry Potter London Tour, such as looking for the rats tails in the London church on which the rhyme Oranges and Lemons was based.
They will have to find various animals (or at least statues and models of animals) as they travel all over Central London.
Also, given that the theme of our Harry Potter London Tour and Treasure Hunt is a magical one, they will be able to stop off at a famous Magic Shop where they can both watch resident magicians perform magic tricks for their delectation and buy simple magic tricks that they can perform for their friends and family when they arrive home.
So not only is this a DIY London Tour but it is also an engaging London treasure hunt that will hold the children's attention throughout the day.
VISIT THE HARRY POTTER FILM LOCATIONS
Of course the main idea behind this magical tour is to enable you to visit the Harry Potter Film Locations and all of the ones in Central London are covered.
You will be able to take your children to the entrance to Gringotts Bank; board a train at the underground station that featured in The Order of the Phoenix; stroll along Diagon Alley in the footsteps of Harry and Hagrid; and see the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron (well in fact two entrances, as two different locations were used!).
Last, but by no means least, you will be able to visit the entrance to Platform Nine-and-three-quarters, where a luggage trolley part embedded in a wall makes for a great family photo opportunity!
This is a location that has been moving all over the place for the last few years, owing to the refurbishment work that has been going on at King's Cross. But now, all has settled down and Platform nine-and-three-quarters has settled into its rightful position around Platforms nine and ten!
YOU SET THE TIME AND THE PACE
The great thing about these Harry Potter London walks and London Treasure Hunts is that you do them at your own pace and in your own time.
You set the time, the pace and, most important of all, exactly how long you spend at each stop on the Harry Potter London Tour.
You are not crammed on to a walk with 50 or 60 other people, you are in the company of your own family and/or friends and are thus able to explore London at your own pace, spending as little or as long as you choose at each site covered.
If you get tired, run out of time or, perish the thought, the kids get grumpy, simply give up for that day and return another day. The beauty of this DIY Free London Tour is that you set the agenda, you are in charge, so you can decide when to stop for a coffee or a bite to eat, or even when enough is enough.
BEGIN YOUR HARRY POTTER LONDON TOUR
Speaking of which, enough of the pre-amble! Hopefully you've now got the gist of what this is all about. It is a free tour that will take you all over Central London (an Oyster Card will prove most useful).
So if you are ready to discover a totally different side to this magical city, wave your wand (or better still click on the 'begin the Harry Potter London Tour and London Treasure Hunt' below) and prepare to enter the world of wizards and magicians.