Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced, the Studio Tour showcases the incredible British talent, imagination and artistry that went into making the impossible a reality on screen. Visitors will relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life.
Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England

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Bigandlittlebick
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
So many times our daughters went into a new area with a ‘WOW!’ Involuntarily escaping their lips made the trip well worth it.

Our girls are aged 13 and 7 yet there was enough for both of them to be occupied for the day.

The knowledge of the staff is phenomenal, they are true Potter geeks (in the nicest sense) and are more than happy to discuss everything from the making of the films to the maintenance of the sets to the cast members. The lady in Ollivanders was absolutely amazing in terms of her knowledge. One visitor tested her knowledge by asking to see the wand box for the train driver, she knew where it was!!!!

This isn’t ‘excellent’ due to the cost of merchandise when you are there, the length of the food queue (we wasted a fair bit of time waiting for food) and a lack of water refill stations (with so many people drinking water nowadays the studios hasn’t followed the trend that other establishments have by accommodating them with simple water taps).

As you can see nothing majorly negative, with experience, I recommend you take snacks for the little ones and lots of water, it’s over 3 hours before you get to the restaurant!
Written January 6, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent visit. We are delighted to hear that you and your daughters enjoyed exploring the behind the scenes magic with us and that you found our staff to be informative and helpful. Your additional feedback has been shared with our Management Team for their review. Regarding you comments relating to lack of water refill stations, a water fountain is available in the Food Hall, with an additional tap scheduled to be installed in the Backlot Café in February. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Studio Tour again in the future.
Written January 13, 2020
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alison b
Blackpool, UK1,195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We visited in between christmas and New Year as a Christmas present for my Harry Potter mad sister. I am not a big HP fan, but I appreciated how good it was and seeing all the sets and how the films were made was fantastic. It was lovely to see the Great Hall set up for christmas. We spent 6 hours there and could have spent a lot longer if my 11 year old wasn't ded up. He really enjoyed it, but was fed up with all the walking. We all enjoyed a butter beer. The food in the cafe is quite expensive, so I recommend taking your own food and drink (they do have picnic tables). We drove and parking is free, but I believe there is a bus from Watford train station to the studios. We booked the 9.30am tour, so it was pretty quiet when we first got there. It did become very busy later on.
It really is a great day out, but we booked it 6 months in advance, so book early. We tried to go earlier in the year, but with 3 months advance, we could only get a 4.30pm entry time, so decided to leave it. If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is a definite must do.
Written January 14, 2020
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40Elizabeth40
St Austell, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
What an experience. Firstly, we decided to grab some breakfast at one of the restaurants when you first enter, the staff were not friendly at all and look as thought they clearly did not want to be there.
When we finally entered the Tour, is was absolutely packed. You first get crammed in to a couple of rooms where they talk through the basis of the tour. When you actually get into the Tour where all the sets are - it is lovely, and we had a wonderful time here. It really takes you back to when they originally came out and truly is magical.

But..they just cram so many people in! You can barely spend a couple minutes looking at a section as there is just so many people trying to ram their way in. We spent a good 7 hours there trying to look at everything whilst listening to our digital tour guide which was very interesting.

The backlot cafe...was just again, rammed! I don't feel like the experience of Harry Potter showed at all in the cafe, it looked like a School Canteen. I know the cafe isn't really part of the Tour but it wasn't very exciting walking into this busy canteen cafe. You even had to queue up for ages if you wanted a sandwich and a drink in the massive hot food line, not very organised.

The gift shop was soooo overpriced as well as the photos you can take to buy.

The rest of the experience was great and I definitely would return, I just do feel like it's very very money grabbing and it's a shame because for me Harry Potter is full of happy memories and I feel the experience was all about the £££.

Overall I can't really slate the actual tour itself as it was absolutely amazing, so much detail put in, and there is so much to see. I would really recommend coming here if you love Harry Potter, there was just a few slight disappointments.
Written February 15, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave your review following your recent visit to the Studio Tour. We are pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed your visit to the attraction. Your feedback regarding your visit has been passed onto our Management Team for their review. Feedback, such as yours, provides us with the opportunity to review our operation and make changes to enhance the overall experience for our visitors. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Studio Tour again in the future.
Written February 17, 2020
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Johnell D
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had two adults and three kids ranging from 15 years to 10. We took the metro and train to Watford Junction and caught the WB Studio bus from the stop outside the train station at Watford. We purchased round trip tickets for just a few pounds. It was an easy ride from London Central, although storms damaged the electrical something or other on the line for our return trip to London, so we waited for about 40 extra minutes until the train could get through. We were there over Storm Dennis weekend, so I don't imagine it's a regular occurrence. When we arrived at Watford, we grabbed a tasty bite of lunch at O'Neils restaurant just outside the station, then boarded the WB Studios bus. The studio bus came frequently and we had no issues easily catching one both going and returning. The studio was amazing. We had an afternoon tour, but had plenty of time to go through the exhibits. We spent about 4 hours there and could easily have spent more. We got to meet some of the design crew--an artist who worked on the portraits in Hogwarts, a wand maker, an architect, a miniature sculpture, etc. We were there in February, so the crowds weren't terrible though it was still quite busy. Book well ahead of time as the tickets do go fast, however, I booked a few weeks in advanced by waiting for the tickets to free up from some of the travel brokers who purchase mass amounts. Not very happy they can do that as it makes it harder for regular people to find tickets, but it worked out for us, partly because we were traveling in an off-season.
Written February 19, 2020
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elsiekate
York, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We did the deluxe tour at the weekend. Is it worth the cost? I’m not sure there is really an answer to that. Yes it’s expensive, but if like me you can’t book too far in advance due to family circumstances it might be your only way to get a ticket.

When we arrived we were directed to the front of car park, right next to the door, were given our lanyards (tickets) and whisked through the line and through bag check. Once inside the foyer we were met by our guide, the fabulous Cat, we were early so she explained what would happen and where to meet her before starting the tour. We had a look around the most enormous gift shop (HP fans, this place has everything!) and met back with Cat and the only other family on our tour just before our start time. She went through everyone’s Hogwarts house, favourite character etc so she could make sure to point out things of interest on our way round.

The tour is about 2 hours and it is full on! It’s a whistle stop tour of all the best bits, but with your own personal guide telling you the inside secrets. I definitely saw more and learnt more than if I’d have done the normal tour. Cat was engaging and great with adults and children alike. With only 7 on our tour there was always time to ask questions and it didn’t feel busy or rushed.

We had food at the end of the tour (stopped to order half way round), in a cordoned off area of the cafe with tables set just for us. Food choices were much better than expected, and all really delicious. Drinks also included, plus a bottle of still and sparkling water already on the table.

After the tour you are free to go back round and spend your time on the things you want to go back to! We had all the photo experiences, videos and souvenir cup of butterbeer (vile) and butterbeer ice cream (delicious) included in the price. Fort family the photos and videos alone would have been well over £200, and food and drink probably nearing £80. So yes, it’s expensive, but there’s no queuing, a personalised experience with a host with an almost encyclopaedic Harry Potter knowledge, plus all the extras already in with the price.

I’m not sure I’ll need to go again anytime soon, we did the tour, had dinner and went back round again, all in all spending over 6 hours there. That said it really is a quality place (Gringotts is awesome), well thought out and if you’re a Potter fan it’s a must do. If I did go back I’d consider the a Deluxe tour again, and I would request Catriona, a Potter nerd and fantastic host who made our day!
Written January 23, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to the Studio Tour. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Deluxe Tour experience and felt that your guide, Catriona, enhanced your experience. Our staff take pride in creating an entertaining, informative and exciting experience, so we will pass along your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back to the attraction in the future.
Written January 28, 2020
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7JulieJ
Peterborough, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This was our family’s second visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. I took my 20 year old Son, 15 and 10 year old daughters, we visited nearly 6 years ago when it first opened. There is a lot more to see and experience this time round.
The train and platform 9 3/4 , Forbidden Forest, Gringotts and 4 Privett Drive were all new attractions.
Security is tight at the main entrance and bags are searched and bodies scanned.
I recommend getting the audio tour and it’s about £4 per headset, you tap it to play on your way round. Be aware there is quite a bit of walking, the studio is quite large.
Plenty of photo opportunities for you around the tour except for when they take your photo or video which is quite expensive. The gift shop is huge and always seemed busy but a bit pricey for most items.
We ate in the Foodhall and it was averagely priced serving pizzas, burgers etc. You order the food at the till and they give you a tracker and bring the food to your table, there was plenty of seating and we didn’t have to wait too long for our food, despite it being very busy.
We absolutely loved our visit and is a must for anyone who has seen the movies, but for true Garry Potter fans it’s like a dream come true. Would definitely recommend and will return again in the future.
Written February 11, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent Studio Tour experience. We are glad to hear you enjoyed exploring the filmmaking magic that went into bringing these stories to life. We hope to welcome you back to the Studio Tour for your third visit again in the future, as there's always more magic to discover.
Written February 18, 2020
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Jo A
Horsham, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I must see for all Harry Potter film fans! There is so much to see, we spent about 5 hours taking our time and looking at all the costumes and sets. If you are interested in costumes, set designs or any part of film production, even if you’re not a fan of Harry Potter, you will enjoy this. The newer sections of the Forbidden forest and Gringotts bank are amazing and you can learn some fascinating facts about how the creatures and sets were made.
The food was lovely (burger and ice cream) and a reasonably priced (for a tourist place!) The place is obviously set up for huge crowds but it didn’t feel too crowded at all on the day we went. The staff seem friendly and knowledgeable. Be prepared for an expensive gift shop but it’s worth while just browsing at the huge range of clothing, stationery, gift and obviously wands! Would highly recommend but maybe think twice about taking younger children (especially if they don’t have any interest in Harry Potter) it’s not the sort of place you can let them run around in and anyone who finds walking long distances difficult (although it is wheel chair accessible). Overall worth the money and I would go back again.
Written February 9, 2020
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Jennifer
Lincoln, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was my second visit to the studios my my partners first. It did not disappoint for either of us. So much has been added! My partner purchased the audio guide which was fantastic at explaining the exhibits, especially when you couldn’t get close. However with all the videos and wonderful tour guides it sometimes was a lot of putting on and taking off.
We were given a passport to collect stamps as you tour round along with hunting for golden snitches for no extra cost.
We didn’t bother with the green screens, we took our own photos on the way round. My advice would be help each other out.
At the backlot cafe we purchased a butter beer to share, we found this a good decision as it was so sickly sweet but a must have considering!
Overall the tour took us about 3.5hours and was fantastic, there was lots of information and the exhibits were all up to date.
The shop was crowded and overpriced however we expected this so purchased a studio guide book online at a discounted price.
Written February 20, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent Studio Tour experience. We are glad to hear you enjoyed exploring the filmmaking magic that went into bringing these stories to life. We hope to see you for your third visit again soon, as there's always more magic to discover.
Written February 25, 2020
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Emma
Thirsk, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We chose to travel partway down and get the train from Birmingham New Street to Watford Junction approx 1 hour 10 mins, used the official coach travel at a reasonable price of £3 return direct outside the train station - Easy Peasy
Getting into the tour was easy and straight forward lots of employees on hand. A bag search does take place so pack light and theres a room where you can safely leave bags and coats
We opted for a digital guide which is available in numerous languages and provides behind the scenes access and a visual walkthrough
The tour took 5 hours to get round, plenty to see read and interactive with at certain points. Lots of green screen opportunities where you can buy photos.
The sets and props are stunning
If you dislike spiders fear no more you can avoid in the forbidden forest but don’t look up in creature effects
The staff were all very nice and full of knowledge, and could do no more to personalise and help you with your day
We had food in the backlot cafe where allergies were checked before we ordered any food at all, this was especially as we had a peanut allergy sufferer in our party
The butterbeer ice cream was to die for and very generous in serving size
The shops were reasonably priced with something for everyone starting from a pound
Littles ones can be entertained by looking for hidden golden snitches and filling in a full passport to take home
10/10 would go again in a few years to see how things have changed
Written February 25, 2020
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Chatterboxmegan
Appley Bridge, UK1,178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We booked a tour from London with transport from Golden Tours, which came to just short of £70 pp. Its about 1.5 hours drive across to Watford from central London. Everything is well signposted in arrival.

They are clearly very conscious of covid guidance and working at a reduced capacity. It was difficult to follow social distancing at times, mainly cus due to over excited kids, but this didn't matter as we just stepped away if they got a little close. Staff were working hard to frequently clean high touch areas and enforce mask wearing.

The exhibits were great and quite varied from basic design concepts, paper models, props and all the way up to full sets. As 2 adults we spent about 3 hours walking round. There is a break about half way round where you can get butterbeer and food, but we didn't bother. There is plenty of photo opportunities throughout. The gift shop at the end is an event in itself too, its huge!

There is a fast food joint, coffee shop and cake shop in site at the entrance. Due to this being a one way system, I would recommend planning to eat either before or after the tour as you can't just nip out. There was food at the halfway point, but it was very busy.

All in all I would definitely recommend for adults and children alike!

Written October 30, 2020
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