Are you wondering whether to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London? Well here is my guide to the studio tour and whether it is worth using your hard earned money to spend an afternoon here. (Don’t worry; I won’t give away too much!)
It’s not hard to get here from London on the train, simply take the train from Kings Cross Station to Watford Junction Station. When you arrive at Watford Junction, an official shuttle bus will take you to the studios, which will cost about £2.50 for a return journey. The whole trip should take around an hour, although I would definitely allow extra time so you aren’t late for your time slot.
Whilst it is called a ‘studio tour,’ it is not a guided tour the whole way through. From memory, you first watch a video about the making of the films before being taken into the Great Hall where you have a certain amount of time to enjoy the atmosphere and take photos. After this, you enter the rest of the walk through journey, which you are free to do at your own pace. My best advice would be to allow a few hours to complete the tour, and not to rush through it.
There are so many amazing props on display, either on the sets or on their own. From cars, to food, to characters, to wall hangings used in the films, take your time to look at the great detail that has gone into making these props.
The sets are so realistic that you will really feel like you are a part of the films, and they make for some great photo opportunities. Some of my favourite sets were Diagon Alley, the Hogwarts Express, and Privet Drive.
You can buy food during the tour at the backlot cafe, which is all very overpriced. Whilst the food is mostly just regular food, what most people come to try is the Butterbeer, as seen frequently in the movies. It’s very sweet in my opinion!
There are a couple of merchandise shops here, one of them being a huge one located at the end of the tour. They sell everything Harry Potter related that you could ever want- wands, robes, collectables, and sweets. You name it, they probably have it! Keep in mind; if you want to buy something it will probably set you back a fair bit, even if it’s only a small souvenir.
Value for money
The tour is not exactly backpacker budget-friendly and the food and extra add ons are all very much overpriced, however you are not obliged to buy anything once you are inside (although you may be tempted!). Our tickets were reasonably priced at £33 each when we visited in 2015, although I believe the price has increased to £39. In my opinion, the tour itself is worth every penny, especially if you are a hardcore Harry Potter fan like I am.
This day filled me with pure happiness as I finally got to live out my childhood (and adulthood!) dreams. The tour far exceeded my expectations, and unless you really dislike Harry Potter, I highly recommend you visit this amazing attraction. It definitely made me appreciate the films even more, after seeing firsthand the amount of effort and ‘magic’ that was put into making them. To avoid disappointment, I recommend you book online in advance, as tickets can sell out way ahead of time. So what are you waiting for? The magic awaits!