Being a massive Harry Potter fan, I couldn’t bear the thought of visiting London without going to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour which is home to all of the original props, costumes, sets, and more from the films so many people fell in love with.
I definitely recommend that you purchase your tickets well in advance directly from the website in order to choose the day and time that works best for your itinerary. I purchased an afternoon time since many tourists like to take their excursions in the morning. You really only need two solid hours to explore and learn about The Making of Harry Potter.
What’s great about your ticket is that you can backtrack if you missed something. However, there is no reentry once you’ve reached the shop at the end.
HOW TO GET THERE
Studio Tour Drive, Watford, Leavesden WD25 7LR, UK
The studio is not actually in London. It’s in Watford, only 35 minutes away from the London Euston rail station. Once you’ve taken the tube to London Euston, hop on the train for Watford and get off at Watford Junction. Signs and guides will lead you outside where you’ll wait for a bus (£1.50 roundtrip – keep the receipt) that will drop you off right outside the studio.
The crowds were extreme, even in the afternoon. I picked up the audio guide with my ticket, so listening to that and learning about the magic of making the films helped pass some time when I was waiting for crowds to disperse.
If only I had Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder to clear the room.
Fun Fact: Diagon Alley was in fact inspired by this actual London location:
If you’re a fan of the films, this is definitely something you won’t want to miss. It’s honestly quite a special experience from the moment you walk through the Great Hall doors to the moment you leave Hogwarts.
Yes, this is the real train used during the films, totally remodeled for the films!
But I don’t think we ever really leave Hogwarts. A piece of it is always with us in our hearts.
Until next time,