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Warner Bros Studio Tour, London Overview

The Warner Bros Studios Tour is located just outside London at Leavesden, Watford. This fully working studio, one of the largest in the UK, has witnessed many films being shot here, such as the entire Harry Potter series, Batman movies, Star Wars movies, and the Mission Impossible films.

Warner Bros. Studios Tour London is a huge filmmaking exhibit, which was opened to the public back in 2012. Since then, it has always welcomed up to 6,000 visitors a day during peak hours. Inside the studio is The Making of Harry Potter studio tour. It is the behind-the-scenes one-way walking tour of the complete Harry Potter setup which was used during the filming process. It features authentic sets, costumes, props, and much more from the Harry Potter series.

A tour to the studio lets you unearth the film-making magic behind the Harry Potter films such as the larger than life sets, the incredible special effects and animatronics, and the green screen technology. The average visit lasts for about 3.5 hours. It commences with a short video of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson talking about their time growing up on the set.

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Entry Price

Tickets for the tour should be purchased in advance as no tickets are sold at the studio. Only facility available at the studio is the ticket collection. Various kinds of ticket options are available:

Category Online
Children (0-4 years) Free
Children (5-15 years) GBP 37
Adult (16+ years) GBP 45
Family Package (includes either 2 adults with 2 children or 1 adult with 3 children) GBP 148
Group (10-24 people) GBP 43
Complete Studio Tour(a) Package Adult GBP 54.95
Complete Studio Tour(a) Package Child GBP 46.95
Deluxe Tour Package(b) GBP 225

(a) Complete Studio Tour Package includes a Studio Tour ticket, paperback souvenir guidebook, and digital guide. The digital guide, which is available in 8 different languages, offers exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews.

(b) Deluxe Tour Package is specially crafted for super Harry Potter fans and includes a deluxe guide, lanyard, hot meal & drinks, photo package, a deluxe butterbeer, a souvenir guidebook, and designated parking.

Timings

The first tour begins at 9:00 AM and the last tour is between 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (this may vary basis the time of year, school holidays and weekends).

Key Highlights

- You get to explore the wonders of the Wizarding World by taking tours through the Diagon Alley, the Great Hall where many meals were taken, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Dumbledore’s office, and much more;

- You also get an opportunity to hop on to Hagrid’s motorcycle, riding a broomstick and learn how to be a wizard, see Hogwarts Express and Platform 9 & ¾, pose outside 4 Privet Drive, see Harry’s Nimbus 2000, and get a close-up view of the detailed props used on-screen including the costumes worn by Harry and the other characters during the filming;

- You also get to rediscover other memorable sets from the film series such as Ollivanders Wand Shop, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Gryffindor common room, Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic, and the Potion’s classroom;

- Other smaller displays to witness include props from the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Borgin and Burkes, the Leaky Cauldron, the castle gate, the Yule Ball, Quidditch, the giant clock tower pendulum, Horcruxes and Death Eater masks;

- Enjoy spending time in a creature room which houses Dobby, the animatronic Buckbeak, Aragog, and various other masks and costumes, including Hagrid’s original costume;

- A recent addition has been in the year 2017, that takes you to the Forbidden Forest which is accessed through the Hogwarts gates and has the Buckbeak, who visitors can bow down to, and the Aragog, who appears from a den with the spiderlings.

Fun Facts

- Christmas at Hogwarts is held from December to January. Various sets such as the Great Hall, the Hogwarts Castle Model, the Gryffindor Common Room, and Dormitory are beautifully embellished. A large tree is also placed in the center

- As the tour ends, visitors are guided to a large gift shop where they can buy anything from Quidditch sweaters, to chocolate frogs, specialty wands, and Harry Potter chess sets.

How To Reach Warner Bros Studio Tour

By Train:
  • Use public transportation by going to Euston Station and take the London Midland train to Watford Junction.
  • If, however, the pick-up is from Birmingham New Street, it’s an hour journey to Watford Junction.
  • From there, take the dedicated free shuttle operated by the Studio Tour that runs directly from Watford (it is well sign-posted) to Warner Bros. Studios
By Tour:
An easy option is to take a tour since it’s also inclusive of your return transport. Such tours leave from various locations around London. Options include:
  • Tours with departure from Victoria Coach Station, London;
  • A slightly longer 4-hour tour at the studio, with departure from Kings Cross Station, London;
  • A fully guided tour of the complete Harry Potter studios, also including return transport;
  • Tour departure from central Birmingham, (if you are in Birmingham);
  • Departure from Great Portland Street, London, allows you a tour of Oxford as well as the Warner Bros. Studios
Tour/shuttle Bus Operators:
  • There are 3 operators: Golden Tours, Premium Tours and Evan Evans that operate regular shuttle buses daily between central London and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. All 3 have various bundling options to offer including admission to the Warner Bros. Studio and return transfers from London;
  • Another leading London tour operator, International Friends, offers a popular full day tour combining a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio London and Oxford;
  • Additionally, if you have already purchased your Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets, the Golden Tours operator has a bus shuttle only option as well. The departure is from Victoria and Baker Street in Central London.
By Car:
  • The drive from Central London takes around 60 to 90 minutes (time may vary basis time of day, exact departure location and traffic).
  • From Oxford, it is around an hour, and from Birmingham, it is around two hours.

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