University of Glasgow – A Real-life Hogwarts

The medieval architecture, scenic landscapes and winding cobblestone alleys. Scotland is sparkling with magic. This is the place that Inspired J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter series. Some of the movie scenes have been filmed in Scotland. The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe, and the Cemetery are to name few! However, nothing will make you feel closer to a real witch or wizard, than the University of Glasgow. Whether you’ve received your Hogwarts letter or not, the University of Glasgow should be on your list of places to visit.

University of Glasgow - The Cloisters


Even though Harry Potter wasn’t actually filmed at the University of Glasgow, you just can’t shake off that magic spell! The true spirit of the wizarding world comes to live on the grounds of one of the oldest University. The castle-like architecture resembles a real-life Hogwarts. You can walk around the campus on your own admiring it’s beautiful structure, or sign up for a guided tour. 

University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow


The Cloisters will enchant you. The architecture is so beautiful, it will put a spell on you. Moreover, it’s symmetrical design makes it one of the most instagrammable locations in Scotland. Attracting tourists on daily basis. Therefore, it’s best to get there early to avoid the crowds. Be sure to take few snaps before you open the chamber of secrets that lies behind the ancient walls of the University of Glasgow.

The Cloisters - University of Glasgow

The Cloisters - University of Glasgow

The Cloisters - University of Glasgow

The Cloisters - University of Glasgow


In addition to walking around the University of Glasgow, there is a free of charge Hunterian museum. This will further make you feel like you’re attending one of the Hogwarts wizarding classes. From potion making to defense against the dark arts. The jars filled with specimens will transform your imagination to another world. The world of magic.

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

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If you feel like jumping on your broomstick and discovering more magical sites that Scotland has to offer, make sure to check out my post on  15 awesome things to do in Edinburgh.

“The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them” – J.K. Rowling

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16 thoughts on “University of Glasgow – A Real-life Hogwarts

  1. Shannon says:

    This truly does look like Harry Potter in real life! The architecture is absolutely stunning. Have you been to Christ’s Church in Oxford before? Definitely Harry Potter esque as well. Great post!

  2. Christina says:

    Wow! This DOES look like Hogwarts. The exterior looks like the scene where the first years learned how to pick up their broomsticks! And those cloisters are stunning! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Kathi says:

    Aw, my uni!! It’s so great studying here, not just for the education, for for all those photos… Graduation is the best – then we get to wear the black magic robes and pretend we’re really at Hogwarts 🙂

  4. Lena says:

    Wow, that architecture I would looove to explore Scotland more and University of Glasgow will definitely be a place to see! Does it have free entrance?

  5. Amy Dunn says:

    Thats exactly what i thought too. Its the 4th oldest University in the UK right? Absolutely stunning building! Although if you like stunning Universities, you should probably check out my old Uni Royal Holloway 🙂

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