Warner Bros Studio London Harry Potter™ Tour

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Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio tours: Your Hogwarts letter has arrived!

"It's not Hogwarts if it doesn't move," said Fred Weasley. Well, prepare to be spellbound, because at the Harry Potter™ Studio tours, everything does! Explore iconic sets meticulously recreated from the films, including the amazing Great Hall, the cozy Gryffindor common room, and the bustling Diagon Alley. "Honestly, I think I could spend the rest of my life exploring Diagon Alley," remarked Miss Granger, and you might just agree!

As Dumbledore reminds us, "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live," so grab your wand, book your ticket, and "Accio!" Your Hogwarts adventure awaits!

Harry Potter™ Studio Tours map

Plan and navigate Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio Tour London using this map.

Things to know before booking your Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour

  • The tour employs haze and lighting effects, creating immersive features resembling clouds. If you're unsure or wish to avoid these areas, notify staff upon arrival.
  • The 4-hour Studio Tour can be overwhelming; opt for guided tours for a deeper Harry Potter film experience.
  • Children under 10 require adult supervision, and some attractions have height restrictions.
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible, with wheelchairs available for rent.
  • Luggage and personal checks may be conducted for your safety and tour preservation.
  • Photography is strictly prohibited in the studio.

Behind the scenes at Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studios in London

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  • Sets: Step inside the movies! Walk the Great Hall, tiptoe into the forbidden forest, shop Diagon Alley – it's all real (well, almost)! Can you spot the hidden stair that leads to Dumbledore's office?
  • Props: Hold the real deal! Grab Harry's wand, peek at the Marauder's Map, and even stir potions in Snape's classroom (minus the sass, hopefully). Every detail is insane, from wands to Hogwarts letters.
  • Costumes: Yule Ball, Quidditch, and Beauxtons are some of the many costumes you'll witness during your tour. Check out costumes for everyone – robes, the Time-Turner dress, even Voldemort's creepy getup.
  • Special effects: See how spells were cast, Quidditch came alive, and dragons took flight. Green screens, animatronics, CGI – it's absolutely 'stupefying'! Want to ride a broomstick or hop on the Hogwarts Express? You're in the right place!
  • Creature effects: Buckbeak the hippogriff, the giant Basilisk, even our beloved Dobby – they're all there! Discover how they were brought to life with puppets and prosthetics.
  • Art department: See sketches, storyboards, and set designs that brought the wizarding world to life. See how imagination transformed into the iconic sets you know and love.

Explore Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studios in London

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Beyond Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio Tours

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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio experiences

On a Harry Potter Studios tour, visitors can further indulge in the wizarding world by engaging in specifically curated seasonal experiences.

Harry Potter Studio Events - Professor Sprout's Greenhouse

Proffesor Sprout’s greenhouse

In 2022, Professor Sprout's greenhouse glass doors opened to the muggles, where Professor Pomona Sprout taught Herbology. The greenhouse, built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, houses exotic and magical plants. You may enter the greenhouse and pluck out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive exhibit like a Hogwarts student.

When: Always on

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Hogwarts Express

Warner Bros. Studios launched a 20,000 sq. ft. addition in March 2015, which included a replica of Platform 9¾ and the original Hogwarts Express steam engine. You may hop on board the train carriage and pose with a baggage trolley as it vanishes through the station wall in the new, permanent exhibit, which shows how some of the movie's most famous moments were made.

When: Always on

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Return to Azkaban

Join the 20th-anniversary celebration of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the studio with new filmmaking secrets and fan-favorite sets, including the Divination classroom with Professor Trelawney and a new section of the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom with the Boggart wardrobe. Collect your activity passport to take part in the Find Scabbers trail before you head to the Great Hall. You'll also see the Knight Bus up close and the Leaky Cauldron bed.

When: May 1 to September 4

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Dark Arts

Harry Potter Studio Tour London's Dark Arts feature is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. As they lower the lights and prepare the stage for Halloween, you'll be whisked away to the haunted replicas of the famous settings from the Harry Potter films, a darker Platform 9¾, and a spookier Diagon Alley and Great Hall.

Follow the Dark Mark trail and try your wand combat moves as you engage in duels against Death Eaters.

Dates: September 13 to November 10

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Hogwarts in the Snow

The Studio Tour hosts Hogwarts in the Snow, a spectacular event where the famous Harry Potter sets are adorned with a layer of cinematic snow for the holiday season. It's sure to be a "Harry Christmas" experience for everybody.

Conclude your year with a Yule Ball for Hogwarts in the Snow and enjoy the moment as you live the iconic Yule Ball scene.

Note: This attraction takes place during the holiday season only.
Dates: November 16 to January 19

Plan your visit to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio

Getting there
Tips and guidelines
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Timings: 8:30am to 10pm

Harry Potter™ Studio Tour durations: Typically, a Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour takes about 3-7 hours.

Best time to visit: Owing to its popularity, a Harry Potter Studios tour is always bustling with fans. However, since their intake capacity is limited, you would be able to comfortably explore. Comparatively lesser crowds can be found outside of the summer season (June to September). A highly recommended experience is visiting during Christmas, owing to the magical decoration and atmosphere.

Address: Harry Potter Studios, Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR, UK

Find on Map

  • By shuttle bus: An eco-friendly ride is included in the entry ticket, departing Watford Junction every 30 minutes from 9:20am for a convenient 15-minute journey.
  • Airport access: The studio is close to major London airports: 17 miles from Luton, 23 miles from Heathrow, 47 miles from Stansted, and 58 miles from Gatwick. Smooth road and rail connections ensure convenience.
  • By train: Watford Junction, just 20 mins from London Euston, is the closest station. Other non-direct services from Euston are available. Oyster cards are accepted.
Facilities at Warner Bros. Studio
  • Cloakroom: Safely store your belongings for free in the cloakroom, including coats, bags, and suitcases. Please leave buggies and prams if possible at your hotel, and note that items are left at your own risk.
  • Cash machine: Need cash? The lobby features a free-to-use cash point for your convenience.
  • Toilets: Find well-equipped toilet facilities in the lobby, including baby changing stations. Accessible toilets with space for disabled individuals and up to two carers are also available.
  • Parent and baby room: A private space next to the Backlot Café provides parents with a comfortable area to feed, equipped with a nursing chair and changing tables. Hot water is available in the Backlot Café for bottle heating.
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There is only one entrance to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. All visitors must arrive at their designated time slot and enter through the main entrance. The entrance is located at Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Watford, WD25 8LS, United Kingdom.

Once you have arrived at the entrance, you will need to check in and have your tickets scanned. You will then be directed to the cloakroom, where you can leave your bags and coats. After you have left your bags, you will be able to enter the studio tour.

Please note that e-scooters are not permitted on the shuttle bus or on-site at the Studio Tour.

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  • The Great Hall is the busiest area of the studio tour. If you want to avoid the crowds, try to visit the Great Hall later in the day.
  • No trip to the studios is complete without trying the Butterbeer! You can get it hot, cold, or frozen, and there are even non-alcoholic versions available.
  • Although not mandatory, many people enjoy dressing up in their Hogwarts robes or other Harry Potter-themed attire. It's a fun way to get into the spirit of things!
  • There is a gift shop at the end of the studio tour. Be sure to save some time to browse the gift shop and purchase any souvenirs you want.
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  • The Chocolate Frog Café: This café is based on the iconic magical sweets in the shape of frogs. It offers a selection of sweets and treats, including specialty hot chocolate, ice cream, and a variety of pastries.
  • The Hub Café: This café is located under the Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon at the Studio Tour Hub. It serves hot and cold Starbucks drinks, sandwiches to-go, and bakery items all day long.
  • The Food Hall: This restaurant is located in the Studio Tour Hub and serves breakfasts, hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, and a selection of drinks, including a bakery.
  • The Backlot Café: This café is located in the middle of the Studio Tour and offers hot meals, sandwiches, and snacks. It also has indoor and outdoor seating so you can enjoy your food while taking in the views of the popular exterior sets and props, such as the Knight Bus, Privet Drive, and Hogwarts Bridge.
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  • Whippendell Woods: Immerse yourself in nature with a visit to Whippendell Woods, located near the studios. This serene woodland offers picturesque walking trails, providing a peaceful retreat from the bustle of city life.
  • Cassiobury Park: Just a short drive away, Cassiobury Park is a vast public park with beautiful green spaces, a canal, and woodland areas. Ideal for a leisurely stroll, picnics, or even a boat ride along the Grand Union Canal.
  • Watford Museum: Delve into local history at Watford Museum, situated close to the studios. The museum showcases the town's cultural heritage through engaging exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.

Frequently Asked Questions about Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tours in London

What does my Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour include?

Guests can visit sets created for all eight Harry Potter films, including, but not limited to the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley, and Platform 9¾ among others, explore the props used in the actual films, learn about the costumes, special effects, and the Art Department and how they made a magical idea come to life.

Does my Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour include a guided tour?

Not all Harry Potter Studio tours include a guided tour. You would have to purchase tickets that specifically include guided tours.

Does my Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour include transfers?

Most Harry Potter Studio tours include return transfers. Ensure that you check before purchasing your tickets. 

Can I book a Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour right at the studio?

No. Owing to the limited number of visitors at the studio at any given time, pre-booking your tickets is mandatory.

How do I get from London to the Warner Bros. Studio?

Located about an hour’s drive from the London city center, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour offers several bus tours that offer hourly return transfers from central London and Birmingham directly to the studio tour.

What are Harry Potter™ Studio opening hours?

The Harry Potter Studio tour is open from 9:30am to 10pm every day. However, timings may vary on some days. The official opening times of Harry Potter™ Studios can be checked ahead of your visit. You can also check the calendar to know about any special events at the Studio to make the most of your visit.

What is the best time to go for a Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour?

A Harry Potter Studio tour books several months in advance so to maximize your chances of getting tickets, we recommend going on a weekday for better availability of slots. You can visit Harry Potter™ Studios throughout the year. November to March is a less crowded time, while the place comes with magical festivities during Christmas.

Is Harry Potter World the same as Harry Potter™ Studios?

No, the Harry Potter World is different from Harry Potter™ Studios, which is officially called Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London - The Making of Harry Potter.

How many days do I need to cover Harry Potter™ Studio?

One day is enough to cover Warner Bros. Studio Tours in London. You can explore the Studio in 3-4 hours. If you book a walking tour that lets you explore iconic filming locations used for the Harry Potter films like Lambeth Bridge, King's Cross Station, Borough Street, and Leadenhall Market, your tour could take 10 to 11 hours.

Can you visit the actual Harry Potter sets in London?

Yes, you can visit the actual Harry Potter London sets. Harry Potter Studio Tours introduces you to sets that serve as the backdrop for almost every Harry Potter movie.

What should I wear to explore Harry Potter Studio?

Comfortable clothing is advised to wear on your Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour. You might need to walk a fair distance to explore the different sets, props, costumes, special effects, creature effects, special events, and the Arts Department so wear comfortable shoes.

How can I skip the lines to see the Harry Potter Studio tour?

To skip lines on your studio tour, opt for Harry Potter™ Studio guided tour and you can also book priority parking to save time at the entrance.

Is Platform 9¾ at the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour real?

No, it's not the actual platform from the books or films. However, it's a meticulous recreation of the iconic set used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, complete with a track and the Hogwarts Express train. There isn't a real Platform 9¾ anywhere, but the one in books and movies is a set at King's Cross Station in London. Platforms 9 and 10 are adjacent, with no hidden magical gateway between them. However, King's Cross Station features a fun photo op area dedicated to Platform 9¾, complete with a trolley disappearing through a brick wall illusion.