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Harry Potter Tour: (Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter)

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Harry Potter Tour: (Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter)

Top Tips:

  • Bring cash for Butterbeer, green screen photos and the gift shop
  • Look out for special events, particularly at Halloween and Christmas
  • With so many photo ops, make sure your camera is fully charged

Ever since J.K. Rowling dreamt up the idea on a crowded train from London to Manchester, the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione have been eagerly followed by fans worldwide.


Ever wondered what Butter Beer tastes like? Want to see how big the Great Hall really is? If so, this is the perfect tour for you! Fans of all ages can enjoy learning about the magical talents and efforts that went into the creation of the famous Harry Potter film series.


The tour is organised into different sections. You can see all aspects of the set behind-the-scenes from the model of the Hogwarts castle used in filming to Privet Drive itself where Harry’s journey began. Special events take place periodically throughout the year, such as ‘Wand Week’ which gives budding wizards and witches the chance to duel with a death eater.


You can see the original Hogwarts Express in a recreation of Platform 9 3/4. You will have the chance to pose at a luggage trolley as it disappears into a wall and even explore the inside of a carriage on the train. Read more about it here. All this is included in the price of a standard ticket. There has never been a better time to book your visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.


The Harry Potter Experience is constantly updating and adding new exhibits like the Forbidden Forest and Gringotts Wizarding Bank so keep an eye out. If you haven’t been recently, you haven’t been!


Want to have a cheaper day with Harry Potter? Check out our Harry Potter itinerary. Plus learn how to make the most of your money at the tour here.

Booking Advice:

  • Tours are incredibly popular so book well in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Buy Tickets Now for entrance to the tour and round trip transportation from Victoria
  • Family packages are also available



Studio Tour Drive
WD25 7GS

Phone number:

+44 (0)845 084 0900


Opening hours:

Depending upon the time of year, the first tour starts between 9am – 10am and the last tour between 4pm – 6:30pm; closing time is 3 hours after the last time slot. We are open 7 days a week, all year round, except on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

How to get there:

See website for details.
A shuttle bus from Watford Junction train station is available.

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Teen Verdict

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This place is exactly as you’d expect… magical! I’ve been several times and it never gets old. I love it as a teenager and I know that kids love it too. Not only are you immersed in the wizarding world, you get to see behind the scenes of film making that might’ve never even crossed your mind. I also love that it’s worth going every few years as they are always adding more interesting exhibits. Make sure to try the butterbeer and maybe try to go at Christmas because it’s so magically festive!

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • This isn’t a cheap day out but these are the real Harry Potter film sets so it is recommended.
  • After being led into the Great Hall, you’re free to explore so try to stick together or have a plan to find each other before seeing the exhibits outside.
  • Don’t play hide and seek inside. Yeah, I learned my lesson as it took ages to find the kids!
  • Butterbeer is so sweet it makes your teeth hurt but, go on, you can only buy it here.
  • The shop is pricey so limit the souvenirs to something small.

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  1. Kate

    Recently went here for the second time, kids were 5 years older than the first time we went and it was just as magical and fascinating this time. Yes it is expensive, but a complete treat for any Harry Potter or film fan young or old, 10/10 from this 50 year old, wish all family days put were this good!!!

  2. Sue Baker

    Amazing day out. I went with my son,12, another Mum and son and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! We literally spent all day there and ate in the restaurant (really good varied menu, reasonable prices). You really feel as if you are on set and there are some great green screen photo opportunities. Not the cheapest day in the round but one of the best and most memorable. Would highly recommend

  3. Kitty

    What a place! I thought I’d heard everything there was to hear about this as so many friends had taken their children – but I was completely unprepared for how brilliant it was. Took our 5 and 7 year old boys and spent an incredible 6 hours there and we all loved every single second. Well worth the money and a very definite 10/10, magical!

  4. rebecca

    We took our 8 year old son for his birthday with 3 friends of the same age , they absolutely loved it, as did the elders. Plenty of interactive exhibits to bring the filming alive and great to see so many well known sets up close. This would suit children ( and adults ) of all ages who are old enough to see the films and appreciate the detail and effort in every scene. Easy to find , park and explore , took around 3 hours and great fun . Would definitely consider a return visit in a few years time once the kids are older and can appreciate the more technical aspects. Only down side is the cost and expensive gift shop ( especially the wands ! ) Fabulous day out 10/10 !

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