This post is a guide to visiting Warner Bros. Studios - The Making of Harry Potter, a theme park located just outside of London.
We include tips on how to get here, ticket prices, studio highlights, and what should not be missed.
Wands at the ready!
- Getting Here
- Transportation from London
- Studio Tour Highlights
- London Potter Film Locations
- Potter Tours in London
WHERE IS HARRY POTTER WORLD STUDIOS?
Though the Warner Bros. Studio is advertised as being in London, it is actually pretty far outside of the city (map), about 40 min by car!
Luckily, it is very easy to get there by either car, train, or a private tour bus.
By tour bus:
Most visitors to London opt to take a tour bus to Harry Potter World from London.
This is an easy option for those who are apprehensive about using public transportation or driving in the city.
You will be with other Muggles and some even play Potter movies on the way to and back.
Below, we have detailed the best tour companies that visit Warner Bros. Studios.
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.
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 an hour (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 (map) 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!
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 and is a few £s more than the regular tickets.
The digital guide offers exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews and is available in 8 different languages.
At £225, 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 tickets do not include transportation from London with return). Click here for transportation and ticket combos.
- Free – 4 and under
- £45 – Adult (16+ years)
- £37 – Child (5-15 years and must be accompanied by an adult)
- £148 – Family Package (includes either two adults with two children or one adult with three children)
Large Group Pricing
- £43 - Group (10-24 people) Adult
- £35 - Group (10-24 people) Child
- £48.95 - Complete Studio Tour Package Adult
- £40.95 - Complete Studio Tour Package Child
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Walkthrough Harry's old house and see hundreds of letters fly through a room, inviting Harry to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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 welding together multiple old London city buses.
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 by a private bus tour company.
Premium Tours, Golden Tours, and Evans Evans Tours offer package deals that include round-trip transportation and a timed entrance ticket to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
In fact, there are many more companies and a variety of options. See all of your options.
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.
Guests can choose to purchase either the transportation and ticket package or just transportation.
The tour costs £89 per adult and £84 for children and runs daily (more info).
The tour is not guided and runs for 7 hours total, including transportation to and from London.
The tour is not guided and runs for 6 hours total, including transportation to and from London.
The tour costs £85/adult, £80/child (5-15), £46/child (3-4) for transportation and entrance ticket.
Tour runs daily with several departures per day. Get more info.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Reviews
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.
Read some of the reviews from those who visited via bus tour.