Anyone who knows me knows that I’m ALL about some Harry Potter! It’s even the theme of my art classroom! So when I was planning my trip to London, I knew that I couldn’t miss out on visiting the Warner Brothers Studio Tour to see all the sets, costumes, and props. There’s so much to see that I couldn’t possibly take it all in during one visit. I would absolutely go back again!
Before You Go
Leave an entire day open for your visit. If you only spend a couple of hours inside, that’s more than okay. But once you walk through the Warner Brothers Studio doors, you’re going to be glad you gave yourself more than enough time to wander in awe! Book your tickets early – both far in advance of your trip and early in the morning. They don’t sell tickets at the door. By the time I bought my ticket online (still a couple of week in advance), all the morning slots were gone, so I had to go around lunchtime. It was pretty crowded by then.
You can purchase your tickets here. A standard adult ticket will cost you about $55, but there are many other options on the ticket page like students, family packages, and deluxe tours with photos, guidebooks, and food.
Getting to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour
From London, get to Euston Station and use your Oyster card to take the West Midlands Train 2 stops to Watford Junction. From the Watford station, there is a shuttle bus that will take you straight to the Warner Brothers Studio doors. But take note that it’s cash only (£2.50), and you must show your Studio Tour ticket or booking confirmation.
Once You Arrive
As you’re waiting in the queue to enter, you’ll walk past the Dursley’s living room and see the cupboard under the stairs.
Once your ticket is scanned, they bring about 100 guests at a time into a holding room where they show you a video chronicling the rise of the Harry Potter universe. A guide will give you a few tips to keep in mind as you’re walking through the museum. Then they open the double doors, and you enter the Great Hall!
The only place on the tour you need to be cognizant of time is in the Great Hall. You only have the amount of time it takes for the next group in the holding room to go through the introduction before Warner Brothers Studio staff will politely usher you through to the next room.
Once you leave the Great Hall, you can take as much time as your heart desires in the rest of the studio! There’s SO much to explore and discover!
I know Hermione’s Yule Ball dress was supposed to be blue, like in the book, but I still absolutely love it!
Just before you head outside, you’ll pass through Kings Cross. You can take a photo entering Platform 9 3/4 and wander through the Hogwarts Express! Each train car is arranged with costumes and props from one of the eight movies. You can purchase a chocolate frog or a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans if you’ve got a few galleons on you! But don’t worry, the gifts shop takes pounds too.
When you leave the train station, you will walk outside to see the Knight Bus, 4 Privet Drive, the Potter’s Godrick’s Hollow house, and the Hogwarts covered bridge. This is the perfect place to stop and rest for a bit or grab a bit to eat. You can buy a full lunch or just a snack. I picked up some butterbeer ice cream and explored some more! Keep in mind that this is the only place on the tour where food is allowed, so take your time to finish your meal (or, ahem, ice cream for lunch) before moving on to the rest of the tour.
The second building is a lot of behind the scenes models and drawings in addition to Diagon Alley and Olivanders.
And of course, you can’t leave a museum without going through the gift shop! I actually didn’t see anything in the gift shop that I had to have, but it’s still fun to walk though and take a look.
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