If you are a Harry Potter lover, London is a dream to be! All the beautiful places, alleys and train stations instantly let you imagine to be in the Harry Potter movies. I already did a Harry Potter walking tour with my mum some years ago, which was super fun (I will never forget our guide Joseph!). You can easily discover a lot of movie locations around London city by foot. You can find more about the hot spots on my blog post > here. People who want to see more behind the movie making, you HAVE TO go to the Warner Bros. Studio London Tour!!! Yes, guys, if you are a true Harry Potter fan, it is a must! Seriously, it is amazing. You will miss so much, if you don’t go!
I was actually four years ago on my very first London trip, but the studio is so big, you will always find something new. They also have special events or you can even spend Christmas time at the great hall during Xmas season (gosh, that would be amazing!!). Meanwhile, they have a little exhibition of The Fantastic Beasts and a new space for The Forbidden Forest (since 2017) and the Gringotts Wizarding Bank (2019). As you can see, it is always worth a visit. I can’t wait to be back in London to see Gringotts!
You have many possibilities to visit the studio. By car, it is around one hour from Victoria main station. You can also simply take the train to Watford Junction station, where you can pick the shuttle bus from there to the studio. For the one who want a comfortable ride directly to the studio, you can book a special tour, which includes a ride with the coach. I did that on my first visit to the exhibition, because I was a little scared to get there. The coach departs at Victoria Station and provides easy access to the studio, however, it is a little expensive and the visiting time is limited to a specific time.
Since I have been many times in London and I felt secure about the train rides, I decided to go to the studio by train. You can simply use the Oyster Card (prepaid card for public transport), which functions similar to the IC-cards in Japan. I recommend you to go early in the morning, the studio is crowded at any weekday! If you can, buy the ticket online in advance (online here – one ticket costs £45.00), there are different time slots available for entering the studio. There is no limit for how long you can stay at the studio.
From Victoria station, you can get to Watford Junction station via Queens Park. Arriving at Watford Junction station, you won’t miss the direction to the shuttle bus (the return ticket costs £2.50). Arriving at the studio, we had to change our online vouchers to get the official entrance tickets (there is a separate counter for online ticket holders). For additional ~£10, you can get a digital guide for your tour. Before you step into the magical world of Harry Potter, you have to wait in a room, where only a limited number of people have space. Make sure to stay in the left corner straight, after you entered the room. They will show you a little sneak peek of the actors and JK Rowling and as soon as the doors open, turn left again, so you will get a nice place in the front row (the second room is built like a cinema). If you stay in the front row, you might will have the chance to open the door to the Great Hall (it is right behind the screen). When your once in, take your time and have a look at all the magical items, rooms, clothes, buildings – everything is interesting and it is impressive to see the little secrets behind the scenes. Can you ever imagine, that they used more than five owls or dogs for Hedwig or Fang? Do you believe me, if I say that the Hogwarts castle was just a little model building, which you can see at the studio? The special effects or the moving devices and the kitchen equipment for example at Wesley’s house are all handmade (no special animation was used for it). You can walk through the covered bridge or visit the house of family Dursley. If you want to take a break, there is little restaurant/café in the middle of the exhibition or at the end (respectively at the entrance before you start the tour). Don’t forget to try the world-famous butter beer! After the whole tour, you will enter a big souvenir corner, where you can buy chocolate frogs, magic wands, key chains and many more Potter merchandise and fan goods. The studio is always an amazing experience, whether it is the first, second or third time. An unforgettable adventure for young and old.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Studio Tour Dr, Watford WD25 7LR, London
+44 345 084 0900
09:00 – 22:00 (final tour begins 18:45)
09:30 – 20:30 (final tour begins 17:00)
time depends on the date!
Adult +16 years: £45.00
Child 5-15 years: £37.00 (kids under 0 – 4 years are free)
Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children): £148.00
Change at Queen’s Park for the train to Watford Junction Turn left after you leave the station The shuttle bus costs only £2.50 (return)
Don’t miss the last bus from the studio! Are you ready for the adventure? Change your online voucher to an official entrance ticket Let’s go! The price for the ticket was cheaper two years ago A little sneak peek of Fantastic Beasts Harry’s room Step into the magical world of Harry Potter… The Great Hall – Hogwarts Castle It looks much bigger in the movies It feels incredible to stand in THE GREAT HALL My heart got excited when I saw this!
Gosh, I love Harry Potter so much!Gryffindor Boys’ Dormitory Dark Magic Lessons Dumbledore’s office the Pensieve All those details!
Take me back arg This reminds me of Dobby =) Hagrid’s House Fly a broom thanks to the green screen When I would have a office, it would look like the
one of Dolores Umbridge :))The new attraction (back in 2017)
The Forbidden ForestMeet Buckbeak and AragogThere is a souvenir shop after the forbidden forestCuddle Hedwig!Hogwart’s Express Lunch break don’t forget to try the famous butterbeer! Cross the wooden bridge to Hogwarts Making of… Oh hi there Dobby! So fascinating My favourite Diagon Alley And the real Hogwarts Castle Take your passport with you, so you can make a stamp :D Last but not least, the souvenir shop Buy your wand here!