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Harry Potter Studio Tour London – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect, FAQs

The London Warner Bros. Studio at Leavesden Studios offers ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ tour, popular with both kids and adults.

Over the ten years during which the Harry Potter movies were released, the crew constructed more than 500 different Harry Potter sets at the studio, including thousands of props. 

After the movies got filmed in 2012, Warner Bros. decided to develop the location into a permanent tour called ‘The Making of Harry Potter.’

With more than two million Harry Potter fans visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London annually, it is now a must-visit family destination. 

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London.

What to expect on the Harry Potter tour

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is not a theme park, and it doesn’t have rides and other adrenaline-pumping activities. 

The studio provides guests with the ultimate opportunity to explore the actual sets, see the brilliance behind stunning visual effects, and uncover the behind-the-scenes mysteries of the Harry Potter films.

Along the journey, you will participate in interactive activities like ‘flying’ a broomstick and even buying a frothy cup of butterbeer!

The initial part of the tour is guided, and you can explore the rest on your own. 

First, you will see two short films, after which the guide rounds up everyone and makes them stand at the doors of the Great Hall. 

Once inside the door of the magnificent room, visitors are free to explore the Harry Potter tour by themselves. 


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Where to book tickets

Tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour are only available online. Do note that there are no ticket counters at the venue.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days.

Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London ticket
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How online tickets work

Go to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour ticket booking page, select the number of tickets, preferred date, time slot, and buy the tickets.

Immediately after purchase, your tour tickets are emailed to you. 

You don’t need to take any printouts. 

All you must do is, reach the coach at least 20 minutes before the starting time.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone and start your journey.

Note: Most of the time, a Harry Potter movie gets screened on the bus.

Warner Brothers Studio Tour prices

The Warner Brothers Studio Tour tickets for individuals aged 16 years and older, are priced at £105.

Youth tickets, designed for those between 5 and 15 years of age, are available at a reduced price of £100.

Child tickets, catering to children aged 3 to 4 years, are offered at a discounted rate of £59.

Infants up to 2 years old can enter for free.

Tour prices for kids: Children aged four can enter the studio for free, but they must pay a discounted rate for transport. Kids aged five to 15 years get a small discount on the tour price. All visitors above 16 years pay the full adult price for their entry and transport. 

Warner Brothers Studio Tour with Transfers

This spectacular full-day tour of the Warner Brothers Studio begins with a bus ride from just outside Victoria Station in downtown London.

You enjoy the spellbinding settings at the studio, the most famous items used in the movies, and the outfits worn by the trio Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

Find out about Hogwarts’ best-kept secrets, including interesting tidbits and trivia about special effects and animatronics.

The whole trip lasts 7.5 hours, and you get to spend four hours and more at the studio.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (16+ years): £105
Youth ticket (5 to 15+ years): £100
Child Ticket ( 3 to 4 years): £59
Infant ticket (up to 2 years): Free

The Making of Harry Potter package offers the same experience.

It starts from just outside King’s Cross Station, on Pancras Road.

If you want more time options, check out this Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Transfer.

Harry Potter Studio Family Package

With transportation from London, spend a wonderful day with your family at the Warner Brothers Studio in Leavesden. 

If you are a family of four, this is the perfect Harry Potter studio tour for you. 

You get the family entrance ticket to the studio, valid for two adults and two children under 15 years old.

You also get a family photo taken at the Great Hall or at Dumbledore’s office.

Cost for a family of four: from £400
(£100 per person)

Harry Potter Studio Tour + Oxford Day Tour

This 12-hour tour starts with a two-hour bus trip out of London to the ancient city of Oxford, home to England’s oldest university.

After a beautiful guided tour and free time in Oxford, it’s around an hour’s drive to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, where your magical adventure will begin with The Making of Harry Potter.

After a wonderful day, it is time to board your coach and return to London, where you will be dropped off at your original starting location.

Adult ticket (16+ years): £139
Child ticket (5 to 15+ years): £135
Infant ticket (up to 4 years): Free

Other popular Harry Potter tours

Tours Cost
Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour in London £20
Harry Potter Filming Locations Walking Tour £29
Harry Potter Locations Walking Tour £17
Harry Potter 3-Hour Bus Tour of London Movie Sites £32
World of Wizards and Harry Potter Locations Tour £9
Gloucester and Lacock Harry Potter Day Tour £940 per group of five

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How to reach Warner Bros. Studio

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is at Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR.

It is 32 km (20 miles) North-West of London and less than 5 km (3 miles) from the M1 and M25 motorways.

By Train

Watford Junction is the closest railway station to Warner Bros. Studio.

Getting to Making of Harry Potter Studios

If you board a train from London Euston, in 20 minutes, you will reach Watford Junction. 

If you board a train from Birmingham New Street, the journey to Watford Junction is 70 minutes.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is 5.5 km (3.4 miles) from Watford Junction, and it is best to take a shuttle bus. 

Shuttle from Watford Junction

Mullany’s Coaches run regular shuttle buses from Watford Junction to the Studio Tour.

These buses run every 30 minutes and take around 15 minutes to reach the attraction. 

When the Warner Bros. Studio opens at 8.30 am during the peak season, the first bus starts from the station at 8.15 am. 

When the studios open at 9.30 am during the lean season, the first bus leaves the station at 9.20 am.

The last studio tour shuttle back to Watford Junction is always after the studio shuts down for the day. 

This is a free service; you only need to show a valid Studio Tour ticket or booking confirmation for the travel date.

Bus tour packages

Several tour operators offer a packaged tour of Warner Bros. Studio, including entry tickets and return transport. 

Two such tours are most popular with Harry Potter fans – one that starts from outside Victoria Station and another from outside Kings Cross Station.

We recommend the Harry Potter Family Package from London if you are a family.

Visitors who don’t mind stretching the day opt for the Harry Potter and Oxford Tour, where they also see Oxford University besides the Warner Bros. Studios. 

Car parking

If you plan to drive to the Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesden, it is best to fire up your Google Maps and follow directions

Brown traffic signs labeled ‘Warner Bros. Studio Tour’ will direct you to the car park entrance as you approach the attraction.

All ticket holders are entitled to free parking. Keep your booking confirmation on hand to present at the door.


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Warner Bros. Studio hours

During the peak tourist months of May to October, the Warner Bros. Studio opens at 8.30 am, and the first tour begins at 9 am. 

The final tour starts at 6.30 pm during these months, and the studio closes at 10 pm. 

During the lean months of November to April, the Warner Bros. Studio opens at 9.30 am, and the first tour begins at 10 am. 

The day’s final tour begins at 4 pm, and by 8 pm, the studio closes.


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How long does the tour take

With newer sections added to the attraction, visitors tend to spend at least four hours exploring the Harry Potter Studio.

But if you’re a hardcore Harry Potter fan, allowing time for lunch and the extras such as Riding a Broomstick (which involves queuing time), you might spend as long as five to six hours strolling around the studio.

During peak seasons and times, there is a 15 to 30-minute wait before you can enter the world of Harry Potter. 

Besides visiting Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio, tourists also take walking tours of Harry Potter filming locations in London


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What to see at the Harry Potter Studio Tour, London

There is much to see at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Harry Potter tour.

Visitors can see fascinating sets, props used in the movies, costumes the characters wore, special and visual effects, the creature effects that made the animals come alive on screen, and the creative process of the art department. 

Great Hall

The Great Hall opens at 1 min 35 secs of the video

The Great Hall is the setting for several of the most memorable moments in the Harry Potter films, including the Yule Ball and the Battle of Hogwarts.

It was created for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2000 and has since been utilized as a significant set for six more films.

Students’ costumes from each Hogwarts house and two huge tables prepared for supper are in the magnificent Great Hall.
The Hogwarts professors sat at the top of the room at the instructors’ table.

Forbidden Forest

The Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was shot on-site and in the studio.

It got entirely relocated to the Studio for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to house Aragog’s lair and grew throughout the film series.

Scenic designers built backgrounds up to 600 feet long for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Forbidden Forest has 19 trees, each with a diameter of more than 12 feet.

Platform 9¾

The Hogwarts Express locomotive carried Hundreds of students from Platform 9¾ to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Most of the sequences on Platform 9¾ were filmed at King’s Cross Station in London.

However, during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the art team built a portion of the station platform on a set at Leavesden, replete with the track and the train.

The Hogwarts Express served as the backdrop for the first shot ever taken for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as well as the final scene of the whole series in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

Diagon Alley

Throughout the film series, the Diagon Alley set was continually changing.

Many Diagon Alley set pieces were also re-dressed for the Hogsmeade village in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The street’s initial design included rich features from the Harry Potter novels and influence from the roads depicted in Charles Dickens’ writings.

Diagon Alley is home to the dusty Ollivanders wand store, where Harry’s wand famously selected him, as well as Gringotts Bank, Flourish and Blotts, and Mr. Mulpepper’s Apothecary.

Props at the Studios

Of the numerous props you can see at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, four stand out – the Potions Classroom, the Memory Cabinet, Professor Umbridge’s office, and Puking Pastilles.

Potions Classroom: Over 950 potion jars line the classroom walls, each containing a unique item, such as baked animal bones from a local butcher shop, dried plants, herbs, and shrunken heads created by the props department.

Memory Cabinet: Vials and labels were designed for the cabinet in Professor Dumbledore’s office. The Graphics Department hand-designed each label before sending it to the Props team, who applied it to each bottle.

Professor Umbridge’s office: The interior of Professor Dolores Umbridge’s pink office at the Ministry of Magic was meticulously designed. Make sure to check out her 130-plate collection showcasing different moving kitties.

Puking Pastilles: Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, which sold everything from Extendable Ears to fireworks, was built to appear like an 18th-century shop. Head Propmaker Pierre Bohanna designed the Puking Pastilles dispenser to be both funny and disgusting at the same time.

Costumes at the studio

Of all the costumes on display at the Harry Potter Studio Tour Warner Bros, four get the most attention – the Quidditch uniform, the clothes worn by the gang in the final scene 19 years later, the Yule Ball costume, and the Beauxbatons uniform.

Special & Visual Effects

Take advantage of the Chamber of Secrets door, the Invisibility Cloak, and the Whomping Willow during your visit. 

Most Harry Potter fans mistake the Chamber of Secrets door for a visual effect, and on tour, you will see why it is not. 

Remember seeing branches that would ‘whomp’ Mr. Weasley’s flying car? 

During your tour, you will see how the team created this Whomping Willow special effect.

Green Screen: Don’t pass up the chance to participate in our green screen experience and fly a broomstick over London as the actors did during the shooting.

Creature Effects

One of the things young visitors on the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio tour love is the creatures they saw in the movies.

The imaginary creatures to look for are Basilisk, Buckbeak, Goblin Heads, and Aragog.

When you stand before the Goblin heads during the tour, think of how 140 make-up artists from Europe turned 60 actors into goblins daily in just four hours.

Art Department

For most of us, it is challenging to fathom the effort to create all the artwork for the movies.

Remember Hogwarts Castle? During your Warner Bros. Studio tour in London, you will see the model built by 86 artists and crewmembers for the first movie.

If we were to add all of the person-hours put into building and modifying the model, it would take over 74 years.

You will also see a lot of graphic designs, white card models, and technical drawings.


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Digital Guide & Souvenir Guidebook

Before entering, you may rent a Digital Guide for approximately £5 from the counter in the foyer, providing you with more information on the Studio Tour.

For about £10, you can buy a Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Souvenir Guidebook, which includes behind-the-scenes secrets and stunning photographs.


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Map of the Warner Bros. Studio tour in London

Only the initial part of the Harry Potter London studio tour is guided, after which you can explore.

Since there is so much to see, visitors tend to get lost and miss important sets and props.

That’s why keeping a map of Warner Bros. Studio comes in handy.

Besides the location of the sets and exhibits, a layout of the studio tour will also help you find visitor services such as restrooms, cafes, audio guide desks, information desks, etc.


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Food and drinks

The Harry Potter Studio Tour in London has four places to eat and drink – Chocolate Frog Cafe, Hub Cafe, Food Hall, and Backlot Cafe.

Most of these cafes open when the Studio Tours begin for the day and remain open till the tours end.

If you want to enjoy a frothy Butterbeer, you must get to the Backlot Cafe, located halfway through the Studio Tour.

FAQs about the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London

Here are some frequently asked question about the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London:

Do the WB Studio Tour tickets include transfers to and from London?

Yes, the tickets for this tour include convenient round-trip transfers from central London to the studio, making it easier for visitors to reach the location.

Can I visit the Warner Bros. Studio without purchasing the transfer option from London?

It is possible to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour independently by arranging your transportation. The transfer option is provided for convenience.

Is the Warner Bros Studio Tour suitable for all ages?

Yes, the tour is designed to be enjoyable for all ages, making it a great experience for families and Harry Potter fans of all generations.

What can I expect to see at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour?

During the tour, you can expect to see the actual film sets, costumes, props, and other behind-the-scenes elements from the Harry Potter movies, including iconic locations like the Great Hall and Diagon Alley.

Are there food and dining options at the Warner Bros. Studio?

Yes, the studio has a café where you can enjoy various food and beverages. You can also try butterbeer, a popular Harry Potter-themed drink.

Sources

# Wbstudiotour.co.uk
# Tripadvisor.com
# Visitlondon.com

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