Harry Potter Studio Tour London Guide
Harry Potter, who doesn’t love it? It’s a phenomenon that seems to have reached every corner of the world. We were both the perfect age to grow up alongside the books and films so when The Harry Potter Studio Tour first opened on the 31st of March 2012, we knew it was something we both would want to do. It took us a few years to finally get round to do it, but in January 2018 we did, and it was amazing! Throughout this blog we will be telling you everything you need to know about the tour, from where to get your tickets, to all of our favourite parts.
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Harry Potter is one of the biggest film franchises in the world and it was an incredible experience to go behind the scenes and learn more about it. The tour really does take you into the films with incredible sets, real props and even the original costumes! It’s also one of the biggest tourist attractions in London and it’s easy to see why, being a true once in a lifetime experience for any Harry Potter fan.
How to get Tickets for the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
You have to buy your tickets in advance for the Harry Potter Studio Tour, there’s no turning up on the day to purchase them. This is something we always recommend though, having everything booked up and planned in advance makes it all so much easier. You can purchase tickets through the official site, however the tickets are always pretty scarce if you’re looking to go within three months, it is one of the most popular attractions in London after all. As mentioned earlier though we got our tickets through Headout, and they include something that the official website doesn’t, return coach transportation from central London! Headout also offer a far wider selection of available dates you can book up, which of course means you don’t have to wait as long to get your tickets, giving you more flexibility. To get your tickets now for the Harry Potter Studio Tour follow this link.
How to get to the Harry Potter Studios in London
Our tickets included return coach transportation from central London, so getting to and from the Harry Potter Studios was as hassle-free as possible. This is such a great deal and actually made the day even more enjoyable, as opposed to just being a boring coach journey, the driver actually gave us a tour of what we were seeing as we drove out of London, it was brilliant. Just leaving London we went passed the Ritz Hotel, Abbey Road, Lord’s Cricket Ground and Marble Arch, how cool! Headout send you all the information you need, you just print off your confirmation email and head into the tour company located just outside of Victoria Station. Once you hand over your confirmation email you have no more worries, you’re taken door to door, such a huge weight off your shoulders. It also meant that we could leave all of our coats and bags in the coach too which was another huge bonus.
If you book your tickets elsewhere you’ll have to make your own way there, you can do this by car but the best way from central London is by train. You’ll first want to make your way to London Euston Station and board a train heading to Watford Junction, this is where you’ll get off and find a designated Harry Potter Studios shuttle bus. It’s a relatively straight forward journey but it does involve a couple of changes, we found the coach provided by Headout so much easier.
Our review of the Harry Potter Studios Tour London
When you first walk in to the main entrance, you’re almost instantaneously transported into the world of Harry Potter, it really is quite surreal. The first thing we did was watch a film, a presentation from the main actors and crew about the beginnings of the franchise, all the way up to how it captivated the world. The screen then lifted up showing the entrance to Hogwarts, which was just incredible, our adventure had just begun! Through the main door was the great hall, the main dining room in the film. It was amazing to be standing in the actual set where all of these films were made.
As you walk around there’s plenty of information on display, text, tv’s, and even people who worked there telling you all the interesting facts about the area you were at. From the Gryffindor boys dorm room, to Dumbledore’s office, and the moving staircases to the talking portraits, we learned so much information. Don’t worry though there’ll be no spoiler’s here, you’ll have to find it out all for yourselves on the tour!
From the beginning the people working at the tour did everything they could to completely immerse us in the world of Harry Potter, and everyone was so knowledgeable if you had any questions. They even go as far to change the music, temperature, music and lighting throughout the tour too, to really set the mood. This tour is the real deal, everything has been planned meticulously and no stone has been left unturned.
The tour was full of different activities to keep you entertained, you can try out a game of Quidditch if you are feeling brave enough on the green screens! And of course there are loads of photo opportunities along the way so make sure you bring your camera along. Another awesome thing was we were given a passport to fill in and get stamped as you explore the sets. There are clues where you can get the stamps and it is a great activity for children and adults too.
My favourite part of the tour has to be the Forbidden Forest. I loved the walk up to it, and it set the scene incredibly well. There was wind, fog, thunder and lightning, and of course I can’t forget the giant spiders. This was just one example of how well detailed and designed the studios were! We also really liked going inside Harry’s house on Privet Drive, to see it in real life was just another pinch yourself moment!
Another big highlight of the tour for us was the amazing scaled set of Hogwarts near the end, it was just breathtaking! The section on how everything was designed was super interesting too, and of course Platform 9¾ where you actually got to go on the Hogwarts Express!
Food and drink at the Harry Potter Studios Tour London
As expected, the food and drink in the studios was pretty expensive, with a small bottle of water starting at £2! Food and drink can be taken in, but for the protection of the sets they will instruct you to not consume anything on the tour unless you are in one of the restaurants. There are two restaurants in the studios, one in the entrance with a Starbucks and one half way through the tour. The restaurant during the tour is also one of the 4 places in the world where you can get butterbeer! Retailing at £3.95, again it’s expensive, but because this really is a once in a lifetime experience, we could not leave without trying it. Nathan loved it, but it was far too sweet for me, make sure you check out our reactions in the video below!
The Harry Potter Studio Tour gift shop
The gift shop was almost like an experience in itself. There was everything you could think of, from Gryffindor sweaters to Slytherin mugs, and from broomsticks to sorting hats. As tempting as it was we didn’t end up buying anything, but we were extremely intrigued by the wands which were going for £29. It was great to see things for all price ranges, but be prepared to see some big price tags!
The Harry Potter Studio Tour in London really is an amazing day out, we had high expectations but even we were blown away! It truly is unique and if you’re a Harry Potter fan in London, this is something you just have to do, you won’t regret it.. If you want to get your tickets right now, follow this link and head over to Headout to get your tickets!
If you have any questions about the Harry Potter Studio Tour, or if you’ve already been and want to share your own opinion, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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