If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you might want to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, where you can see the sets, props, costumes and special effects used in the films. Here are some information and tips to help you plan your visit:
- The studio tour is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The opening hours vary depending on the season and the day of the week, but generally they are from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. You can check the exact times on the official website.
- You need to book your tickets in advance online, as they are not sold at the door. The tickets cost £47.95 for adults, £38.95 for children (5-15 years old), and £150.95 for a family of four. There are also discounts for students, seniors and carers.
- The studio tour is located in Leavesden, about 20 miles northwest of London. You can get there by car, train or bus. If you drive, there is a free car park on site. If you take the train, the nearest station is Watford Junction, which is about 20 minutes from London Euston. From there, you can take a shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes and costs £3 per person for a return ticket.
- The studio tour takes about three hours to complete, but you can stay as long as you like until closing time. You will see iconic sets such as the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and Gringotts Bank. You will also learn how the filmmakers created the magic with props, costumes, animatronics and visual effects.
- There are also special events and exhibitions throughout the year, such as Discovering Hogwarts, Dark Arts and Hogwarts in the Snow. You can check the schedule on the official website and book your tickets accordingly.
- There are some rules and prohibitions that you need to follow when visiting the studio tour. For example, you cannot bring large bags or suitcases, food or drink (except water bottles), pets (except guide dogs), weapons or fireworks. You also cannot take photos or videos in certain areas, such as the green screen areas or the cinema.
- There are some things that you can do to enhance your experience at the studio tour. For example, you can buy a souvenir guidebook or an audio guide for more information and stories. You can also buy a digital guide that includes photos and videos that you can download after your visit. You can also try some Butterbeer or Butterbeer ice cream at the Backlot Cafe or the Studio Shop. You can also buy some souvenirs or gifts at the Studio Shop or the Platform 9 3/4 Shop.
- If you want to visit other Harry Potter attractions in London, you can also book a combined ticket that includes a bus tour of the city’s filming locations or a visit to Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station. You can also visit other Harry Potter studio tours around the world, such as in Tokyo or Los Angeles.