Harry Potter’s London – A Guide to Harry Potter Studios & other activities
I myself am a big fan of the whole Harry Potter universe and have both read the books and seen all the movies many times.
So it’s with great pleasure that I present this guide to help you plan the trip to Harry Potter studios in London – the big Harry Potter exhibition.
I have received many questions from travelers who are going to London and want to visit the Harry Potter studios.
The questions are numerous:
- Where is Harry Potter studios?
- What can you see at the Harry Potter exhibition?
- Is it a Harry Potter theme park?
- How to get from London to Harry Potter studios?
- Should you book your hotel close to Harry Potter studios?
- Are there any Harry Potter attractions in London itself?
In this guide to Harry Potter’s London, I will answer these questions and give advice on how to purchase tickets before your trip.
First, here’s a couple of facts about the Harry Potter studios:
- It is a relatively expensive to visit
- It is not located in London, but in Watford, north of London
- You must buy tickets to Harry Potter studios in advance
- It is not an amusement park, but rather a form of interactive museum
- The tour guides on site knows everything about Harry Potter so you should really ask them if you’ve got any questions at all
- You get the opportunity to purchase the famous Butterbeer
All right – sit back and be ready to learn about Harry Potter land 🙂
Harry Potter studios = Harry Potter Exhibition & Museum in London
The correct term is actually Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios, but for convenience we’ll just call it Harry Potter studios.
It is basically a huge ‘Harry Potter museum’, where you can come aboard the original Hogwarts Express, walk down Diagon Alley and see theGreat Hall and Dumbledore’s office at Hogwarts.
In other words – you get the opportunity to step directly into the amazing world of Harry Potter.
Just take a look at how Diagon Alley looks in this photo:
A trip to the Harry Potter studios is a must for all Harry Potter fans who travel to London. With modern technology it is even possible to try a ride on a broomstick.
You don’t actually get to fly (unfortunately) but it almost feels like it – and it will definitely look like it if you get your friends or family to take a photo.
Magic is everywhere in the Harry Potter studios and therefore there is of course also an exhibition of the most famous wizards wands – including those on the dark side!
This means that you can for see wands that belonged to Lord Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange and Draco Malfoy.
After you have enjoyed some hours in the Studios you get to the souvenir shop where you can buy all sorts of Harry Potter merchandise. Have you ever wanted to taste multi flavour beans or have you always longed for a Gryffindor scarf?
Then you can look forward to visiting the Harry Potter souvenir shop after.
Transport from London to Harry Potter Studios
The studios are not in London itself, so you need to sort out transportation from Central London to the city of Watford where the Harry Potter studio is located.
See the location on the map below:
So how do you get from London to Watford?
The trip can be done be by train from Euston Station to Watford Junction and then you have to proceed with a shuttle bus to the Harry Potter studios.
However, there is a simpler alternative which is to buy tickets for the Harry Potter studios with Visit Britain, where transport from London to the exhibition is included in the price.
Buy tickets to Harry Potter studios incl. transport
First of all: you have to buy tickets for the Harry Potter studios before you get there – and preferably as soon as you know you want to visit the studios.
Harry Potter studios is one of the most visited attractions in the area and so the tickets are always sold out, so it’s a very good idea to buy tickets as soon as possible.
I recommended to buy tickets to Harry Potter studios in the official VisitBritain shop.
This tickets gives you free transport from Central London directly to the studios in Watford included in the price.
It is simply much easier than having to first go by train to Watford and then by shuttle bus to the studios.
The prices for tickets to Harry Potter studios incl. transport from London are as follows:
- Adult: £69
- Children (5-15): £64
- Toddler (3-4 years): £20
- Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children): £256
Where to get on the bus in London?
The bus runs from Victoria Coach Station, located right next to the Victoria Station in central London.
See the location on the map below:
With a Harry Potter studios ticket from VisitBritain, there is no need to book a place at any hotel near the studios or think more about transport from London.
You’ll get easy access to the studios from Central London and you’ll go back to Central London after spending 3,5 hours at the Harry Potter studios.
This special ticket with transport included makes it easy to visit the Harry Potter studios and look forward to a good experience.
Get an idea of the tour of the studios in the video below:
Plan your own visit to the Harry Potter studios
It is of course also possible to plan the visit yourself, where you take the train to Watford Junction and from there take a shuttle bus to the studios.
If you want to plan your visit to Harry Potter studios do the following:
Buy tickets online at wbstudiotour.co.uk
The London Overground also run to Watford Junction, but then it takes about 50 minutes because this train stops at several stations on the way from Euston to Watford Junction.
Tickets for the train can either be purchased from home at Train Genius, but it is far smarter for your whole trip if you buy either a Visitor Oyster Card or a Travelcard, which both can be used for all public transport in London. Both cards can also be used on this trip.
The cards must be purchased from home at VisitBritain.
Visitor Oyster Card is a travel card, which can save you 50% when traveling by public transport compared to buying single tickets
The price of the trip from Euston to Watford Junction with a Visitor Oyster Card is £5 (£8.10 if you travel in peak times)
Travelcard offers ‘free’ unlimited travel on public transport in London.
Be aware that Watford Junction is in Zone 6.
From Watford Junction runs a shuttle bus to the Harry Potter studios. This bus will cost £2.50 per person and it runs about every 15 and 20 minutes. Remember cash for the shuttle bus.
Price for a trip to Harry Potter studios if you plan it yourself:
Train trip / return: £16.2 (at peak times)
The shuttle bus trip / return: £5
Therefore, I recommend buying tickets to Harry Potter studios at Visit Britain, where transport from Central London is included in the price and you don’t need to think about taking the train and a shuttle bus.
The choice is yours and I wish you a great trip to the magical Harry Potter studios 🙂
More Harry Potter activities in London
If a trip to Harry Potter studios are not enough or I prefer to stay inside the London, there are still many activities to get to grips with.
Below we take a look at the Harry Potter related activities that can be enjoyed in the English capital.
Harry Potter bus tour in London
Go on a sightseeing bus tour of London, which differs from the classic bus tours by focusing on Harry Potter related sights. On this bus tour you will go past the following Harry Potter related sights (and some other as well)
- The entrance to the Ministry of Magic (as seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
- Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross station, where you can try to “push through the wall”
- The house that was used as headquarters for the Order of The Phoenix
- The building that was used as Gringotts Bank
The bus journey takes just under 3 hours and cost £27 for adults (over 13 years) and £20 for children.
Here is a good way to see a lot of London, but with a focus on the Harry Potter attractions.
You can book tickets from home at VisitBritain here.
Harry Potter walk in London
If you do not want to board a bus, then there is also a Harry Potter walk in London, which is cheaper than the bus trip.
On the walk we see among others the following locations:
- The Leaky Cauldron (the locations of the two pubs that have been used in the films)
- Millennium Bridge (which is destroyed by the Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – do you remember that scene?)
- The Ministry of Magic entrance
You could obviously take this walking your by yourself, but consider taking the organised trip as the tour guides are very knowledgeable.
See more about which sites are visited and book tickets at VisitBritain here.
I hope you find this guide to Harry Potter’s London interesting and that you now are ready to experience the magic of the English capital.
If you’ve got any questions about Harry Potter studios, Harry Potter sights in London or London in general you’re more than welcome to post a comment below.