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The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter is an absolute must-see for fans of all things Harry Potter. You’ll get to experience the magical world of the popular books and movies through original sets, props and costumes, while trying out for the quidditch team, meeting incredible creatures, and even sampling some Butterbeer! The amazing details within the sets will not only please die-hard Harry Potter fans, but all film buffs alike.

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10 tips for visiting the Harry Potter: Warner Bros Studios

Dumbledore’s Costume in the Great Hall | Flickr: Martin Pettitt CC BY 2.0
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Book tickets in advanceYou can’t buy tickets on the day at the attraction, and tickets often sell out several months in advance, especially if you want to visit during seasonal events, such as Hogwarts in the Snow around Christmas or Dark Arts during Halloween. These seasonal tickets sometimes even sell out a whole year in advance. So buy your tickets early! Children aged from 5 to 15 need to buy a discounted ticket for entry. Children aged 4 and under can enter free of charge but you’ll still need to make sure you reserve a ticket for them.
The Castle Model Dressed for Winter | Flickr: big-ashb CC BY 2.0
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Choose the right ticketsThe basic entry ticket includes access to the tour, including the two sound stages and the outdoor area. Meanwhile, the Complete Studio Tour package bundles together all the optional extras available – the Paperback Souvenir Guidebook and a Digital Guide – and adds it to the basic Studio Tour ticket. Group tickets are recommended if you come with a group of 10 to 24 people, to save some money. Small families should consider family tickets.
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Try a digital guideFor additional background information during your visit, pick up a touchscreen digital guide! With those digital guides, you will be provided with extra-content, such as interviews and behind the scenes footage. The videos of the guide are narrated in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian. Some of the videos are subtitled.
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Consider a tourThe Deluxe Tour offers you real VIP treatment: you’ll get a two and a half hour guided tour of the attraction, a reserved parking space, a souvenir guidebook, a glass of delicious Butterbeer, a hot meal with a drink, and you can take home four photographs and a video from the different photo opportunities.
The Entrance to the Great Hall | Flickr: Elen Nivrae CC BY 2.0
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Move fast in the Great HallThe only part of the tour where you’ll be hurried along is the Great Hall because it’s the first set on the tour. The next group will be waiting to get in, so make sure that you make the most of your time in here since you can’t come back later! You will get about five minutes to explore the area. After that though, the pace slows down considerably and you’re left to your own devices.
Young Wizards Practice Duelling | Flickr: big-ashb CC BY 2.0
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Extra activities for kidsVisitors with children should make sure to pick up a free Activity Passport from a staff member. The passport includes puzzles, trivia, and a hunt for the Golden Snitch. Small children will enjoy using the old-fashioned stamp machines. Children will also enjoy the interactive parts of the exhibition, including triggering thunder in the Forbidden Forest, practicing dueling, or flying on a broomstick.
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Chat to the staffMake sure to ask the friendly staff members lots of questions when you get to the sections about costumes, make up, and special effects. They’re very well-informed and will be happy to give you more information about what you’re seeing.
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Save shopping for the endParents beware: there are plenty of gift shops spread throughout the Studio Tour, featuring lots of unique merchandise for all ages. If you don’t want to stop at each one, we suggest either making sure your kids are distracted by the sets that are still to come and save any shopping until the end. Branded clothing is available from newborn to adult sizes, and there are plenty of plush toys to delight the kids who might still be too young to enjoy the movies.
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Show your house prideIf you’re a longtime Harry Potter fan, bring your house scarf for great photos, or pick one up in the gift shop in the lobby when you arrive! Whether you’re in Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or Hufflepuff, there are plenty of chances for you to represent your house in photo opportunities.
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Look out for new attractionsEven though the Harry Potter movie saga has concluded, the Studio Tour hasn’t. After its opening in 2012, the tour kept expanding. The first expansion, Platform 9¾, already debuted in 2015. It was followed by the Forbidden Forest and Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Introduced in 2022 was Professor Sprout's Greenhouse. In other words, you might find new things to explore, each time you make a visit to the Studio Tour. Not to mention that the attraction keeps itself fresh through seasonal events, as described in our highlight section below.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour | Flickr: Dave Catchpole CC BY 2.0

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The most iconic sets and seasonal events

The Making of Harry Potter is not a theme park, so you won’t see any rides. Instead, it’s a collection of original sets, costumes, props, and interactive exhibits which give you insight into the making of the eight beloved Harry Potter movies. The Studio Tour contains dozens of small sets that will be fascinating to serious Potterheads, while including season-specific backdrops during certain times of the year.
The Great Hall | Flickr: Dave Catchpole CC BY 2.0

The Great Hall

The set for the Great Hall was built in 2000 for Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone and made an appearance in every other movie. It’s most famous for its four long tables and the ceiling, which through visual effects was transformed into the night sky. You’ll be hurried through the Great Hall, so make sure to look around quickly since you won’t be able to linger. There are lots of details to see, including costumes from each Hogwarts house, the house points counter, and costumes worn by Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Professor Snape.
Forbidden Forest | Photo: Flickr, Ungry Young Man - CC-BY 2.0

The Forbidden Forest

A forest, inside? Yes! Some of the filming for scenes set in the Forbidden Forest was completed outdoors, but the parts which featured Aragog’s lair were shot inside on this atmospheric set. Inside you’ll see moving hippogriffs, spiders, and the gnarled roots of 12-foot tall trees. This set features dry ice to create the impression of fog on the ground, so it might make younger children a bit nervous. There’s also an option to skip past the spiders in case you’re as arachnophobic as Ron Weasley.
The Hogwarts Express | Flickr: scott1346 CC BY 2.0

The Hogwarts Express

Platform 9¾ is one of the most iconic sets of the Harry Potter universe, since here the magic starts at the beginning of each school year. The Hogwarts Express whistles and steams as you explore its carriages, which are set up to look as they did in each of the seven movies it featured in, complete with magical candy and Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s props. While most of the scenes shot at the platform were really filmed at King’s Cross Station in London, all of the interior train shots were completed at Leavesden.
Diagon Alley | Flickr: Derek Hatfield CC BY 2.0

Diagon Alley

The Diagon Alley set was Harry Potter’s first glimpse into the magical world, accompanied by Hagrid in the Sorceror’s Stone. It changed a lot over the years of filming, and it was also reused as Hogsmeade, the village near Hogwarts, in some of the later movies. Spot storefronts from the books, including Florean Fortescue’s ice cream parlor, Flourish & Blotts, and Ollivander’s wand shop, plus Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes. At the very end of the street, you’ll find the imposing Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
The Destruction of Gringotts | Flickr: Orangeaurochs CC BY 2.0

Gringotts Wizarding Bank

One of the newest sets opened as part of the Studio Tour, Gringotts bank is a marvel in fake marble and real crystal chandeliers. See where the goblin bank tellers counted galleons, sickles, and knuts before heading into the vaults where you can take a photograph with the sword of Gryffindor and the treasures of the Lestrange family. Finally, you’ll get to see the bank destroyed by an escaped dragon through the magic of physical and digital effects.
The Hogwarts Castle Model | Flickr: Dave Catchpole CC BY 2.0

Hogwarts Castle exterior

Warning: this last room of the Studio Tour might just move any hardcore Potter fans to tears. It’s difficult to explain how impressive this scale model of the castle is, but it takes up a huge room, took the work of 86 artists to build, and contains more than 2,500 lights to light the windows and lanterns. Obviously, real actors don’t fit inside the model, but the castle was used to film the impressive aerial shots of the castle. The model room passes through day and night mode, so make sure that you spend plenty of time enjoying the details so that you can see it lit up and in daytime lighting.
The Gryffindor Common Room at Christmas | Flickr: big-ashb CC BY 2.0

Hogwarts in the snow

Some of the most memorable moments from the Harry Potter movies took place at Christmas. From the middle of November to about half-way through January each year, the Harry Potter Studio Tour gets a festive makeover. The Great Hall will be filled with trees and decorated for the Christmas feasts or the Yule Ball, while the Gryffindor common room and dormitory will be decked out with presents. The ultimate showstopper is the Hogwarts castle model, which is painstakingly dusted with snow. You can also learn more about the different kinds of snow used at the studios in the Special Effects department.
Spooky Props | Flickr: big-ashb CC BY 2.0

Dark Arts at Halloween

From the end of September until the beginning of November, the Studio Tour dresses up for Halloween! With a dark arts theme, you’ll be able to meet Death Eaters who will teach you how to duel, and several of the sets will get a spooky makeover. The Great Hall is a particular treat, with floating pumpkins hovering over a sumptuous Halloween feast. Tickets during the Dark Arts event cost the same as an ordinary Studio Tour ticket, but tickets might sell out faster during the event.

Valentine’s Dinner

Harry Potter might never have had much luck on Valentine’s Day, but you’re sure to wow your date with an invite to an exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner at Hogwarts. The Great Hall will be dressed to delight, with couples being treated to drinks and canapés before sitting down to a three-course meal. You’ll then get to enjoy after-hours access to the entire Studio Tour, giving you a quieter and more personal experience away from the day’s crowds. Drinks will be served on Platform 9¾ and coffee and sweet treats will be served around the Hogwarts Castle Model.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London accessible to disabled people?

Wheelchairs are welcome within the studio tour, but advance notice is required for groups with three or more wheelchairs. Mobility vehicles wider than 2,8 ft (86 cm) are not permitted, but the studio provides free manual wheelchairs to borrow. One free carer ticket can be provided for each paying disabled visitor. Disabled parking bays are available in the free car park, just let the staff know that you need to use one. Read more.

Which attractions are not suited for children?

There are a couple of areas that might be a bit much for very small children or those of a more sensitive disposition. Parents should be particularly mindful of the dark and spider-filled Forbidden Forest, the long table at Malfoy Manor (featuring Death Eaters), and the area of Gringotts bank which includes a destructive dragon. Read more.

How long does the Warner Bros. Studio Tour take?

The average visit takes 3 and a half hours, but there’s no time limit so you can explore for as long as you like. Just make sure that you don’t miss the last bus back to the train station! Read more.

Can I buy food within the Warner Bros. Studio Tour?

In the lobby there’s a café and a Starbucks, and there’s also a Backlot Café about halfway through the tour. You can bring your own food along with you and enjoy it either in the Backlot area or the outside picnic area before or after the tour. If you want to try the series’ iconic butterbeer, you might want to share a cup with your friends or family, since it won’t be to everyone’s tastes. Read more.

Can I take luggage with me?

You can leave your bags and suitcases within a cloakroom for free. Visitors may be required to undergo a bag search before entering the tour. Certain items like knives, sprays or alcohol will be confiscated, if you try to bring them into the attraction. Read more.

Can I bring my dog?

Only guide dogs are allowed within the attraction, but owners are asked to bring any relevant documentation with them and to ensure their dog is easily identifiable as a service dog. Read more.

Can I take photographs?

You can absolutely take photographs or film while you’re visiting Warner Bros. Studio Tour London! Just make sure that you’re using a handheld device as tripods and other specialist filming equipment (such as drones) aren’t allowed to be used onsite. But beware: Specific photo opportunities provided by the attraction, such as those in front of green screens, have prices attached to them. Read more.

Can I change my reservation?

Tickets are not refundable, but for a fee of £10 you can change your date of visit. To do so, contact the service team under https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/contact-us/contact-form/. Read more.

Does the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London offer WiFi?

Yes, there is a WiFi connection available. Read more.

Are there cash machines or ATBs?

In the lobby you will find a cash machine. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Studio Tour is usually open from 8.30 am, with the first tours beginning at 9 am. The final tours now start at 6.30 pm with the tour closing at 10 pm. As this attraction remains popular, some slots may already be taken during your planned visit - be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

address

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Studio Tour Drive
Leavesden
WD25 7LR

website

Official site: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

tickets

Tickets for visitors above 15 years will cost £51.50 without extras, and £40 for children aged 5 to 15. Children up to the age of 4 can enter free of charge but you’ll need to book them a free ticket. A family ticket is available for £160 and covers either two adults and two children, or one adult and up to three children. The Complete Studio Tour Package will come at £62 for adults, or £50 for children. All tickets can be enhanced with paid extras, such as afternoon tea or champagne.

how to get there

Parking is available free of charge to visitors who have booked tickets ahead of time. The easiest way to travel using public transport is to take the train to Watford Junction (which is inside the Oyster card zone) and then taking a shuttle bus to the Studio Tour. The shuttle bus takes about 15 minutes, and buses depart every 20 minutes.
Anneliese O'Malley
Written byAnneliese O'MalleyAnneliese is a former Londoner, keen traveler, and total word nerd. As a Content Management Specialist she knows the TicketLens inventory inside out and curates, matches, and writes about the most interesting attractions worldwide.
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