With its historic charm and majestic architecture, Alnwick Castle has always been a magnet for visitors from around the world. But did you know that it's also a haven for fans of the ‘Wizarding World’? To answer many people’s questions from around the globe, was Harry Potter filmed at Alnwick Castle? Yes, the first two Harry Potter films were filmed at Alnwick Castle. From flying cars to broomsticks, let’s delve deeper into the magic of Harry Potter at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.


Which Harry Potter film was filmed at Alnwick Castle?

You may be interested to know that a couple of Harry Potter films were shot at Alnwick Castle. The building acted as an enchanting backdrop in the first two films of the series. And, although Alnwick Castle is just one of many Harry Potter filming locations, it’s arguably the most memorable. 

Amidst towers, turrets, and courtyards, it was here that Hogwarts came to life. Let’s take a look more closely at the Harry Potter Alnwick Castle scenes.


Which parts of Alnwick Castle are in Harry Potter?


Alnwick Castle is a large building with plenty of areas to explore. It boasts medieval charm that lends itself to the spellbinding Hogwarts atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that several of its spaces appear in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002), just one of many iconic Harry Potter filming locations used throughout filming. Filming started in the autumn of 2000, and the castle since then has forever been connected to the popular franchise.


The Outer Bailey

 When you visit Alnwick Castle, you can walk in the footsteps of the 'boy who lived'.  In the Outer Bailey, you can see the spot where Harry and his friends took their first thrilling broomstick flying lessons under the watchful eye of Madam Hooch (Zoe Wanamaker). 

 If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not try out the Alnwick Castle broomstick training experience? Just like a Harry Potter flying lesson in the first Harry Potter film. A great activity for all the family, our broomstick lessons gives aspiring witches and wizards the chance to picture themselves as part of the Quidditch team. The secret behind the magic is closely guarded — but pass the training, and all shall be revealed. Don’t forget to take a photo as you practise your new broomstick skills!


The Inner Bailey and Courtyards


Have you watched the first two Harry Potter films and thought, was Alnwick Castle used in Harry Potter? The Inner Bailey at Alnwick Castle was used in the second film and  is not to be missed on your visit — it’s where Harry and Ron made a memorable entrance with the crash-landing of the Weasley family's flying car. Watch (or re-watch) the films, and you'll spot the castle’s courtyards, filled with witches and wizards travelling to and from lessons.


The Lion Arch


To finish up your magical tour, head through the mystical Lion Arch, the gateway to Hagrid's cabin and the Forbidden Forest, where adventures await.


Embark on the ‘Alnwick on Location’ film tour


While you’re welcome to explore the castle grounds for yourself, we also offer a guided tour. Our 30-45 minute tour is included in your ticket price and led by a movie expert who’ll provide you with the inside scoop on the different Harry Potter set locations, pointing out the different Harry Potter Alnwick Castle scenes. Plus, you’ll learn about Alnwick Castle’s roles in other films and TV shows, too.


Beyond Hogwarts: other films and television shows


Whilst Alnwick Castle is undoubtedly a film buff favourite thanks to Harry Potter, you might also recognise it from elsewhere. From Blackadder  to Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves, the castle has been home to favourite Hollywood and small-screen characters. It even played the role of Brancaster Castle in the nation’s favourite period drama, Downton Abbey


On our ‘Alnwick on Location’ tour, you’ll learn all about the castle’s iconic on-screen moments. 


Let Alnwick Castle cast a spell on your visit


Since filming started in 2000, Alnwick Castle has been intrinsically linked with the Harry Potter series. In its time as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the impressive building has seen magic and potions, cloaks and broomsticks — as well as broomstick prowess of many talented witches and wizards.  


Step into the castle grounds to experience the unique blend of historical charm and movie magic. Browse our Harry Potter page to find out more about Alnwick Castle in Harry Potter and book your visit today.