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Harry Potter in Warner Bros Studio Tour, London. Not to be missed!

Very recently we published a post about the various Harry Potter film locations in London… and what a success it turned out to be! In just two days it has been one of the most-read posts in the brief history of this blog. Apparently, it’s not just the kids in the house who like Harry Potter… right?

Well, today we dive into the main course. That’s right, the real Harry Potter’s experience. How so? Because we’re going to talk about the recently inaugurated Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. Well, the tour doesn’t take place in London itself, but about 30 kilometres away, in Leavesden, though I assure you getting there is quick and easy. I’ll explain:

 

If you’re going by train.

You should take the train from London Euston. This is the quickest option: some trains take just 15 minutes, while others take around 45. Where should I get off? check out this website, where you can even buy your tickets in advance.

Once in Watford Junction, you need to take a Mullany’s Coaches bus, which leaves at 20 past the hour and 10 to the hour. The coach operates from 9.20 am to 5.20 pm and costs £2 return.

 

If you’re going by bus.

It’s super easy and comfortable. Golden Tours operate 4 buses a day to the park. The buses leave at 10 am, 12 midday, 1 pm and 2 pm. In addition, Golden Tours offer a package that includes entrance to the park plus the bus fare, and it is reasonably priced: £55 per adult, for example, though family deals are available. Where do I catch this bus? Either in the Golden Tours Visitor Centre Victoria (the easiest option) or 10 minutes after departure at the Baker Street stop in Dorset Square.

 

And if you’re going by broomstick…

Mmm … erm … If you’re a Muggle, better to keep reading… 😉

 

The Park (which is not a park).

Now that you’ve made it to Warner Bros Studio Tour London, what will you find there? Just about everything! Everything that has anything to do with Harry Potter, of course.

For instance, some of the more famous sets from the films, the wardrobes used by some of the characters, amazing models and many other props. In addition, you will learn a few secrets about the special effects used in the films.

For example, you can visit the Hogwarts Great Hall, gossip amongst yourselves in Dumbledore’s office, admire Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000, Draco Malfoy’s Nimbus 2001, and much, much more. But I’d prefer not to spoil your visit by telling any more.

The visit takes a good 3 hours and features one very important aspect: You’re allowed to take as many photos as you want! I assure you these will be some very fond memories.

The park opened relatively recently, on the 31st of March, 2012. The opening times are quite extensive. They open at 10 am and close at 4 pm (6 pm on weekends), though the organisers have promised to extend these opening times as they have been overwhelmed with visits since the first day.

 

Tickets?

Take note: you can’t hop on the train and go to the park just like that. No. You have to organise your visit in advance and buy tickets online. You can do that here. Then, once you have your reservation(s), you have to phone them to reserve the date and time of your visit. It’s not that difficult at all, and I assure you they are patient even if your English is not that good. The telephone number is +44 0845 084 0900 and the lines are open from 8 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. (If you’re not up to phoning them, send them your phone number via this form and they will contact you).

But why have they made it so complicated? The idea is to limit the number of people at all times in order to ensure an unforgettable experience for all 🙂

As for prices, here are the 2016 prices:

  • Adult (16 or over): £35 (about 44€)
  • Children from 5 to 15 years: £27 (about 34€)
  • Children under 4 enter free of charge.
  • Family offer for 2 adults and 2 children: £107 (about 135€)

In any case, check out the prices on their website.

By the way, tickets purchased in advance are collected in the park on arrival. Funny, isn’t it? (Remember you’ll need your reservation number and an identification document)

However, there exists an even better option, especially if you’re going with kids – for just £3.95 more (about 5€) they will send you your tickets by mail in a special Harry Potter-style gift wallet, as long as you are informing them 14 days in advance. Take into consideration that if you’re living outside the UK the shipping will cost you £6.95 (about 9€) and you will need to book it 28 days in advance. If you’re running out of time, don’t worry! an interesting option is for them to send it to the hotel where you will be staying in London. Yes indeed… anything’s possible… We did this for some friends who were visiting London last August. Boy, were they amazed!

 

Totally!

The Warner Bros Studio Tour London is not a theme park with roller coasters or anything of the sort – but rather where many scenes from the Harry Potter saga were made. And not just Harry Potter! This is also where other films the likes of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes were made. So, while for the moment the only items on display are sets, costumes and models from the Harry Potter films, the organisers have assured us that they will soon be including material from other productions filmed here.

So the later you leave your visit, the more material you’re likely to see. But on the other hand tickets are sold out very quickly. So, what is one to do? It’s obvious – go as many times as you can 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. Mike

    June 1, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I love Harry Plotter!

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