The Harry Potter Studio Tour London is a wizarding experience you will not want to miss! If you ever watched the Harry Potter Series then this is your golden ticket to experiencing the magic like never before. If you are planning your holiday to London, then this marvellous experience must be on your itinerary.
In this guide we will walk through all the things you need to know before visiting; from where the studio is located to how to get there and also what to expect when arriving.
The Harry Potter Studio is a little over 30 miles, northwest of central London. It is just off the M1 and A41. This is the main studio where several parts of the Harry Potter franchise were filmed.
Official Studio Address: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive Leavesden, WD25 7LR
Since you will visit Harry Potter for one day, you can travel to the studios from London as it is only around an hour away. Finding accommodation close to the studios just to be near the premises is not recommended as London is not far. Most probably you will visit Harry Potter Studios when you are in London, so it is essential to find a hotel in the heart of London. When we visited London, we stayed in Paddington and then got a taxi that took us straight to the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden.
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Before booking your tickets and coming to the tour, there are essential tips you must be aware of to ensure you have a fun and exciting experience.
Tickets can be bought both online and in person. We highly recommend that you pre-book your tickets online so that you will have them in hand and prevent waiting in a queue to purchase your tickets.
You can either book the tickets through their official website or purchase them from the link below which includes transfers to and from central London.
For every paying disabled visitor, a single free carer ticket will be provided. The carer ticket will not be added for children under 4 years old since they enter the studios for free. A carer ticket is to be collected from the upon arriving from the ticket area. There will still be carer tickets available if online tickets sell out. There needs to be some proof provided in order to get hold of these ticket upon entry to the studio.
Fully trained guide dogs are also fully permitted inside the premises.
Manual and electric wheelchairs are also allowed inside the premises.
Check the full information on accessibility at the Warner Brothers Studio website here.
Upon entering the studio, safety checks are present for the safety of the public. During the checks, visitors might be entitled to a bag and/or personal search.
Certain items are prohibited inside the premises so ensure you do not carry any of the said items here. The use of photography is not allowed in the security area.
To help make your experience more smooth, these are the amenities you will find at the Harry Potter Studios:
Note: The following is an introduction to what we experienced and saw when we went on the tour. At the time you visit things may vary depending on when you go, so unexpected changes can happen. Do remember that the studio changes the theme depending on the time of year.
At the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, you will get to see the wizarding world behind the scenes of one of the most popular film series there is. There will be an introductory video, studio sets, costumes and props, workshops and much more. Read below to have an idea of what to expect.
Arrival and Entrance: On arrival at the studio of Warner Bros. in Leavesden, head to the lobby where there is a large suspended dragon. Head to the ticket booth to purchase your tickets (if you haven't purchased them beforehand) or head to the entrance where they will check your tickets. Before entering, explore the lobby.
Introductory Video: Upon entering the tour, you will watch a video providing an introduction to the Harry Potter cast and crew. You are about to embark on a journey through the magical world of filmmaking after watching this video.
The Great Hall: The tour starts with a visit to the Great Hall. This is where many iconic scenes were filmed. You will have the chance to walk around, take photos and see original costumes and props from the movies, as well as learn about the set design and the inspiration behind it.
Studio Sets: Along the tour, you will move through various studio sets that have been preserved for the tour. These sets include Diagon Alley, the Gryffindor Common Room, the Potions Classroom, and plenty more. You can walk through these detailed recreations and get a sense of the craftsmanship that went into creating the wizarding world.
Costumes and Props: Throughout the tour, you will encounter an impressive collection of costumes, props, and magical creatures from the films. From the Sorting Hat to Hagrid's motorcycle, you will get up close to the items that brought the Harry Potter universe to life on screen.
Creature Workshop: Discover the artistry behind the magical creatures of the series. Learn about the creation of animatronic creatures, including Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Aragog the Acromantula.
Green Screen and Special Effects: Explore how green screen technology was used to create some of the most memorable scenes in the films. You will have the opportunity to participate in interactive exhibits that demonstrate how flying on a broomstick or riding the Hogwarts Express was achieved on screen.
Hogwarts Castle Model: One of the main highlights of the tour is the breathtakingly detailed model of Hogwarts Castle. This enormous model was used for various aerial shots in the films and showcased the intricate architecture and landscapes of the magical school.
Outdoor Sets: There are a few outdoor sets that you can explore, including Privet Drive, the Knight Bus, and the iconic Hogwarts Bridge. These outdoor spaces provide another layer of immersion into the world of Harry Potter.
Backlot Café and Souvenirs: Take a break at the Backlot Café and taste the delicious Butterbeer (non-alcoholic beverage), where you can also enjoy a variety of refreshments and snacks. There is also a shop where you can purchase Harry Potter merchandise, including wands, clothing, and collectables.
Platform 9¾ and the Hogwarts Express: Step onto Platform 9¾ and see the original Hogwarts Express steam engine. This is a fantastic opportunity to take photos and experience the magic of boarding the train to Hogwarts.
Diagon Alley and Gringotts Bank: Explore the intricacies of Diagon Alley, with its magical shops and storefronts. You will also have the chance to enter Gringotts Bank, complete with its impressive marble interior and the awe-inspiring Lestrange Vault.
Final Exhibition Area: The tour concludes with a final exhibition area featuring a display of the stunning Death Eater masks and an overview of the graphic design and visual effects that contributed to the films.
Gift Shop: The tour ends in the expansive Harry Potter Studio Tour gift shop, where you can purchase a wide range of official Harry Potter merchandise, including wands, clothing, souvenirs, and more.
Harry Potter Studios London is in Leavesden, around 30 miles from central London. Even though it is a bit far, there are still several ways how to reach the studios. Below are the modes of transport available:
We have come to the end of our guide to Harry Potter Studios Tour London. We hope this guide has given you more excitement about visiting these studios. Before you leave, there are some questions and answers below that might be of interest to you. We hope you will enjoy your time and have a wizardry experience just like we did!