One of the most fun activities you can do during a getaway to London is to visit the Harry Potter Studios Park or take a location tour to discover the places where the blockbuster movies were filmed.
Many travelers come to London with the aim of doing one of the best Harry Potter tours in London and tickets sell out quickly. Buying tickets is very easy, but how much do tickets cost, are there reduced rates, can you join using a tourist card, and all that and more, I'll tell you below!
1. What budget do I need to visit Harry Potter Studios Park?
If you are a fan of the saga "Harry Potter" and one of the dreams you want to fulfill during your trip to London is to visit the Harry Potter Studios Park, from 116 € you can get in Hellotickets a ticket to the Warner Bros. studios with transport included round trip by bus.
With this ticket to the Harry Potter Studios Park, muggles can enter the magical universe created by the novelist J.K. Rowling to learn how the films were made and what special effects were used as well as contemplate the sets, props and costumes with which the adventures of the wizard Harry Potter were recreated on the big screen.
What will you see with this ticket?
The Harry Potter Studios Park is divided into interiors (the common room and bedroom of Gryffindor House, the Great Dining Room, the living room of the Weasley house, etc.) and exteriors (Platform 9 ¾, Diagon Alley, Ollivander's store, the Forbidden Forest or the Dursley's house on Privet Drive, among others). And in the sets of both places you will not only see some original objects of the Harry Potter saga but also a lot of information about how it was made.
Why choose this ticket?
Harry Potter Studios Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, so it has a huge influx of visitors. If you buy your tickets online in advance, you will secure your place for the date and time you wish to visit.
Taking them out once you land in London is something that I do not recommend because if the date is approaching, you run the risk of being sold out for the day you wanted and there is no availability. In the resale of Harry Potter tickets you run the risk of being ripped off and also being left without a ticket.
Also, unlike tickets at the Warner Bros. Studios box office, this Harry Potter Studios Park ticket includes bus transfer to and from the attraction, which is quite a distance from central London. So it's best not to hassle with finding transportation, tickets and so on - choose a tour where everything is already organized and simplify things!
2. Can I buy tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park at the box office?
In case you prefer to visit the Harry Potter Studios Park on your own, you can also buy tickets on the Warner Bros Studios website.
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adults (over 16 years): from £ 49
- Children (5-15 years): from £ 39
- Children under 4 years: Free
These tickets only give access to Harry Potter Studios Park and do not include bus transfer from central London, so you will need to find your own transport.
If you are going to make this visit with children, the option I recommend you to choose is the tickets with bus transport included as it simplifies things. For the kids it will be more comfortable and easier to travel directly by bus to Warner Bros. Studios instead of having to travel by different means of transport and cross the city making several transfers on the way to get there.
3. How much do the Harry Potter Tours in London cost?
Harry Potter Tours in London have different prices depending on factors such as the size of the group, the duration of the activity and whether it is done on foot or in a vehicle.
For example, from 21 € you can get in Hellotickets a ticket for a walking tour, short and small group to see some locations of the saga for about 2 hours. And for a little more money, from 35 € you can make a similar guided tour and luxury bus through the streets of London for 3 hours.
In case you want to live an exclusive experience in the worlds of Harry Potter, from 191 € you can take a private tour of locations of the saga in which the guide will be dedicated exclusively to you and your companions. In addition, he will fully adapt to your preferences, that is, you can ask him to alternate the locations of these films with other emblematic London tourist attractions that you want to see.
4. Do children pay admission to these activities and can you save a little on their tickets?
In these Harry Potter universe activities, babies usually get in for free while the rest of the children must buy their own ticket as well as the adults to be able to participate in the experience.
However, for them there are reduced rates that will help you save a little on your budget during your stay in London and that you can use to spend in the Harry Potter souvenir store. I'm sure the little ones will be thrilled to get a little gift!
We compare children's rates on these activities
- Harry Potter Studios Park
- Reduced children's tickets
- Admission with bus transfer to the park: from £49
- Park tickets only: from £39
- Harry Potter Location Tours
- Reduced children's tickets
- Children's tour tickets 2 hours: from 17 €
- Children's tickets 3 hours tour: from 25 €
5. Can I take a Harry Potter tour with a tourist card? How much does it cost?
That's right! If you have the London Pass (from 75 ¤) or the London Explorer Pass (from 41 ¤) you can use it to take tours of locations from Harry Potter and many other films such as Mary Poppins, Bridget Jones, James Bond or Sherlock Holmes.
If you love movies, there is no doubt that this is one of the activities you will enjoy the most during your vacations in the British capital and these tourist cards will help you make the most of your hobbies while saving money (by not having to pay separately for each ticket) and time (by avoiding queues at tourist attractions in the city).
To choose the tourist card that best suits your plans in London, I recommend you to read the post The best tourist card in London. There you will find very interesting information to learn how they work and what each one includes.
6. How much does it cost to get to Harry Potter Studios Park or location tours?
How to get to Harry Potter Studios Park
Harry Potter Studios Park is located 32 kilometers northeast of London. To get there you will have to combine several means of transport such as train and bus.
A return train ticket can cost around 15 € to go from London Euston station to Watford Junction station, the closest to the Warner Bros. studios.
However, that's not the end of the journey as you will then have to take a shuttle bus from Watford Junction station to the entrance of the Harry Potter Park. The ticket for this shuttle bus will cost you about 4 € approximately.
To know in detail how to get there, I recommend you to take a look at the post How to get to Harry Potter Studios London.
Harry Potter Location Tours
To get to the meeting point where the location tour starts, the transport I recommend you to take is the subway. It is the fastest and most comfortable way to move around London although it is also one of the most expensive. The single ticket can cost from 6 or 8 € depending on the area where you move.
As the price is a bit high, to save some money I recommend you to get the Travelcard (a card for unlimited use for a period of time) or the Oyster Card (rechargeable card that lowers the price of the single ticket), two transport cards that you can use to move around the city for the duration of your stay.
7. Is it possible to take a free Harry Potter tour in London?
Of course you can! If you are traveling to London on a tight budget but you don't want to give up to take a tour of locations from the Harry Potter movies during your stay, you can always opt to go on your own (although if you really like the saga, I recommend you to join a guided tour because the group dynamics and the guide's explanations make it an even more fun experience).
In any case, there are many places of interest related to Harry Potter that you can visit for free in the city. All you need is a transportation card to travel by subway, a map and write down the following sites:
- The Leaky Cauldron in Borough Market and Leadenhall Market.
- Diagon Alley in Leadenhall Market.
- Sirius Black's residence at 25 Claremont Square.
- Platform 9 and ¾ at King Cross Station.
- The entrance to King Cross Station on the facade of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
- The Dursley's house in the Whinging district.
- The Gringotts bank at the Australian Embassy.
- The headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix in Claremont Square.
- The entrance to the Ministry of Magic in a typical red telephone booth.
- The reptile terrarium at London Zoo.