Guide to Visiting Warner Bros. Studios Harry Potter
The following post is our guide to visiting Warner Bros. Studios – The Making of Harry Potter, which was home to the Harry Potter film series for nearly a decade. We hope to help you plan your trip by telling you what to expect, how to get there, what it will cost, and what should not be missed. Additionally, we have also included a comparative list of bus tours that visit Warner Bros. Studios, as well as a list of Harry Potter Tours in London. Have a magical day in the wizarding world of Harry Potter!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is essentially a museum showcasing the several thousand props, costumes, and sets that were created for the 8 Harry Potter films. The tour begins with a short video of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint talking about their time growing up on the set. Guests are then shown the front doors of Hogwarts, which they walk through to enter into the Great Hall. From that point forward, visitors are allowed to wander around at their will, enjoying the magnificent set designs and custom-made props.
The tour lasts approximately 3 hours, though some guests are able to speed through it in 1.5, while others are reported as taking up to 13 hours! Halfway through the tour, there is a small cafe serving up food and refreshments, including the wizard world’s favorite drink….butterbeer! At the end of the tour, guests are brought into a large gift shop where they can buy anything from chocolate frogs and quidditch sweaters, to specialty wands and Harry Potter chess sets!
Though the Warner Bros. Studio is advertized as being in London, it is actually pretty far outside of the city! Luckily, it is very easy to get there by either car, train, or with a private tour bus.
TIP: The Warner Bros. Studio is about halfway between Luton Airport and London, making it a great activity for those who have a long layover at Luton but who don’t want to venture all the way into the city.
By car: The drive from central London to Warner Bros. Studios takes approximately 1 hour, varying with traffic. The studio is located between 20-30 miles from London, depending on the route and departure time. Be sure to avoid driving into or out of London at rush hour, as traffic can get quite severe and add several minutes (and maybe even hours) to your trip.
By public transportation: Visitors can also use public transportation to travel to Warner Bros. Studios. Go to Euston Station and take the London Midland train to Watford Junction (20 minutes). Those with an Oyster Card should use that to pay for their ticket, as the fare is much cheaper (£5) than those purchased at a kiosk (£11). From there, visitors can take the FREE shuttle directly from Watford Junction to Warner Bros. Studios. Just look for the big double-decker bus with the Harry Potter images printed on the side!
By tour bus: There are several different tour companies that offer tours to the Harry Potter Studio. This is an easy option for those who are apprehensive about using public transportation or driving in the city. Below, we have detailed the best tour companies that visit Warner Bros. Studios.
Tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio tour must be purchased in advance. No tickets are sold at the studio; only ticket collection is available.
There are several different types of tickets that are available. The most popular are the Single Adult and Child tickets, which grant guests entry to the tour and allow them to explore at their own pace. Similarly, the Group and Family Package tickets also grant self-guided access to the tour, but at a discounted rate.
The Complete Studio Tour Package includes a Studio Tour ticket, digital guide and paperback souvenir guidebook. The digital guide offers exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews, and is available in 8 different languages.
At £199, the Deluxe Tour Package is for super Harry Potter fans and includes a deluxe guide, designated parking, lanyard, photo package, hot meal & drinks, a deluxe butterbeer, and a souvenir guidebook.
(NOTE: These ticket do not include transportation from London with return). Click here for transportation and ticket combos.
- Free – 4 and under
- £39 – Adult (16+ years)
- £31 – Child (5-15 years and must be accompanied by an adult)
- £37 – Group (10-24 people) Adult
- £29 – Group (10-24 people) Child
- £48.95 – Complete Studio Tour Package Adult
- £40.95 – Complete Studio Tour Package Child
- £126 – Family Package (includes either two adults with two children or one adult with three children).
- £199 – Deluxe Tour Package
- More information or to purchase self-transport tickets.
The Great Hall – The Great Hall is the first set visited on the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Guests walk through the impressive room, which was used almost continuously during the 10 years of filming and features long wooden tables and throne-like chairs.
Dumbledore’s Office – This unique office houses several sleeping portraits of former Headmasters and Headmistresses, as well as Godric Gryffindor’s sword, a pensieve, and hundreds of books.
Quidditch – Visitors can test the quidditch skills with this interactive experience that allows visitors to ride a broom in front of a green screen while a fan blows their hair back. Guests can then choose to purchase photos of themselves riding around the quidditch field for an added cost.
Hogwarts Express – Explore the Hogwarts Express and try to decide which luggage sets belong to which characters. But beware! A Dementor might be floating in the carriage window!
4 Privet Drive – Walk through Harry’s old house and see hundreds of letter fly through a room, inviting Harry to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Buckbeak – See this beautiful beast up close and admire the incredible skill of the set designers who pieced her together, feather by feather.
The Knight Bus – The Knight Bus is an impressive triple-decker bus that was made by wielding together multiple old London city buses.
Hogwarts Castle – Perhaps the most awe-inspiring part of the entire tour comes at the very end, as guests are welcomed to walk around a gigantic and extremely detailed model of Hogwarts.
Guests who are nervous about using public transportation or renting a car to get to the Warner Bros. Studio can instead choose to travel with a private bus tour company. Premium Tours, Golden Tours, and Evans Evans Tours offer package deals that include roundtrip transportation and a timed entrance ticket to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. For those who already have a ticket and are just in need of transportation, Golden Tours also sells transportation-only packages for just £31 per person. Alternatively, Brit Movie Tours offers a 9 hour package tour deal that includes roundtrip transportation and a timed entrance ticket, as well as a private tour of the Harry Potter filming locations in London — perfect for any serious Harry Potter fans.
- Premium Tours – Warner Bros. Studios Tour: The tour is not guided, runs for a minimum of 3 hours, and costs £66 per person for transportation and entrance ticket. See website for availability. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars.
- Golden Tours – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: Guests can choose to purchase either the transportation and ticket package, or just the transportation. The tour costs £69 per person for transportation and entrance ticket OR £31 for transportation only. The tour is not guided and runs for 7 hours total, including transportation to and from London. TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5 stars.
- Evans Evans Tours – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The tour is not guided and runs for 6 hours total, including transportation to and from London. The tour costs £66 per person for transportation and entrance ticket. Check their website for availability. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars.
- Brit Movie Tours – Harry Potter Studio Tour London plus Film Locations: People looking to combine a trip to Warner Bros. Studios with a tour of Harry Potter’s London should consider Brit Movie Tours’ Harry Potter Studio Tour London plus Film Locations. The tour is pricey, but offers private transportation to Warner Bros., followed by a detailed tour around London. The cost of the entire trip is between £660-£900 for 1-5 people for a London Black Taxi with driver and guide; OR between £820-1780 for 1-5 people for the Deluxe Tour. Available by arrangement only and advance booking recommended. The tour lasts approximately 9 hours. Free Tours by Foot guests also receive a 10% discount on Brit Movie Tours by using promo code AGTFTF100. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour of The Making of Harry Potter is ranked as the #1 Thing to Do in the United Kingdom on TripAdvisor. Tens of thousands of visitors praise the experience, giving it an astounding 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. Reviewers call it “amazing,” “absolutely brilliant,” and “a must see for Harry Potter fans.” Ratings that fall below 4 stars are very few and far between, and mostly refer to overcrowding which can happen at peak times during the year. However, Warner Bros. Studio does a very good job of trying to prevent this by staggering guests entries.