Enter The Great Hall, or wander down Diagon Alley, before being sent to Dumbledore’s Office, and then hanging out in Gryffindor Common Room – just some of the things you can do on The Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter.
This magical tour takes you around the Harry Potter film sets complete with demonstrations of the special effects. You can even ride a broomstick, just like Harry Potter, Hermione Grainger and Ronald Weasley, or buy a butterbeer (that tastes like ginger and butterscotch mixed together), and pick up a free Activity Passport for children from the lobby.
Digital guides are available in different languages, with facts about the props, costumes and sets, plus interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. They cost an an extra £4.95* (but they offer a group package on these as well). You’ll also find a shop and cafe on-site but you can bring your own food to eat in the Backlot.
You can stay for as long as you like, but on average, it takes 3.5 hours. When you book tickets, you have to choose a time slot. Arriving 20 minutes early is recommended, because if you miss your time slot, you might not get in.
The best way to get to Leavesden Studios from London is by train. The train runs from London Euston to Watford Junction, which is the nearest station to the studio. From the station, there is a swift Warner Bros.’s shuttle bus that’ll take you directly to the studio in around 15 minutes. To plan your journey in more detail, use the Warner Bros. journey planner here.
If you want to roll out of bed and into the Harry Potter studio, why not book into a Premier Inn near Leavesden, or one of our Central London hotels. Plus, don’t forget kids under 16 stay for free at Premier Inn, and if an adult buys breakfast, up to two kids can get a free breakfast with them. Yummy!
*Prices correct as of January 2015. Please check websites for more details.