Hi everyone! One of the things my Mom & I were most excited about doing on our trip to London was taking a tour of the Harry Potter studios! We’ve both read the books & seen all the movies (multiple times), so this was a dream come true for us.
You have to have tickets purchased in advance to visit the studio. You can do that online here. It’s fairly expensive to visit (about $50 for an adult ticket) but if you’re a Harry Potter fan it’s so worth it. You can also pay extra for an audio guide and souvenir book (which obviously we did). The audio guide isn’t 100% necessary but we learned so much more with it!
To get to the studio, it’s about 40 minutes outside the city center of London. You should take a train to Waterford Junction from Euston Station. Outside the station, you’ll see a very decorated double decker bus that will take you to the studio. The ride is about another 20 minutes. Your ticket to the studio includes this round trip bus ride from the station. (If you have an Oyster card, you should be able to use this for the train journey).
As I mentioned in my previous London post, the day we visited the studio there were on again – off again snow flurries. Most of the tour is inside, however there is a small portion outside for the larger props and sets! When we stepped off the bus, it had just started snowing but we were so excited! We couldn’t help but take pictures with some of the large posters outside before heading inside.
We spent a little under 5 hours visiting the studio! It’s filled with actual sets from the film, costumes & props! We were in awe. (Don’t worry, there’s a cafeteria where you can get food, drinks & snacks about two thirds of the way through the tour).
The tour starts with a short film, welcoming you to the studio. They only let small groups in at a time so you’re spread out throughout the journey. I couldn’t believe how many things we saw!
To give you an idea of some of the sets you can visit (to name a few):
- The Great Hall
- Gryffindor Common Room
- Hagrid’s Hut
- Potions Classroom
- Dumbledore’s Office
- Diagon Alley
- The Dark Forrest
Check out these pictures!
There were also a lot of cool props as well, including:
- The Sorting Hat
- The Tri-Wizard Tournament Cup
- The Night Bus
Now if you’re reading this, you’re probably a big Harry Potter fan–so I don’t want to spoil too much. You’re just going to have to make it to London and see the magic for yourself. This was certainly one of the highlights of our trip and would definitely recommend it!
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –Albus Dumbledore