After filming all the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. studios, Warner Bros. decided to preserve several of the original sets and props that had appeared in the movies and show them to fans at the Harry Potter Studios Park outside London.
Immediately, this attraction became one of the best tours to do in London and, therefore, one of the most popular, so hurry to book your tickets because they sell out in no time!
Forget planning. Everything is included in the price.
The perfect option to not worry about anything but enjoying your visit to Harry Potter Warner Park, a comfortable bus picks you up at a point near your hotel and returns you to your hotel when you have finished seeing the park.
If you're reading this you've most likely seen the Harry Potter movies and you may have read the books as well. Places like Diagon Alley, Gringotts Bank, Ollivanders store or Hogwarts Castle are not unfamiliar to you, but have you been to any of them? Now you have the opportunity to enjoy them all with this visit.
You won't even have to locate Platform 9 and 3/4 to get to the park; just choose the time and point in London where you are going to take the bus to get to the park. The price of this product includes admission and transportation to and from the park so you don't have to worry about anything.
If you have always wanted to visit the Harry Potter Studios Park, in the following post I tell you how to get tickets and much more to organize your visit and get the most out of this experience.
1. How to get tickets to the Harry Potter Studios Park in London?
Visit the Harry Potter Studios Park if you are a fan of the saga is one of the dreams that you can fulfill during your trip to London by buying tickets online and in advance. To do this you will have to book a date and time to visit the Warner Bros. studios.
If you are sure you want to include this attraction in your agenda, it is best to book your tickets as soon as possible to ensure your place in a particular shift as the capacity is limited. Every day the Harry Potter Studios Park receives thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, which means that tickets fly out like magic!
That said, to discover Harry Potter Studios Park you can get your tickets in several ways: either through a guided tour of Harry Potter Studios Park with transfer or on your own.
2. The best option: book an organized tour
These organized tours include both the entrance to the Warner Bros. studios and the bus transfer to and from the attraction. You can get them from 109 € in Hellotickets.
It is a fantastic option to consider if you are traveling to London with your family as the tickets at the box office do not include the trip to the Harry Potter Studios Park and the attraction is located far away from the center of London (about an hour away).
This way you will not have to worry about finding your own transport (which in a city like London is quite expensive) or the routes and connections to get there. You will also not have to be aware of the timetables of the different means of public transport to get to the studios and not to miss the connections of the transfers.
Going with small children is always a bit of an adventure but you can save yourself the stress of rushing them back and forth to get there if you opt for an organized bus tour that will take you directly to the Harry Potter Studios Park from central London. It's that simple!
3. How to visit the Harry Potter Studios Park on your own
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 or choose the option of tickets plus transfer from central London. These only give access to the Harry Potter Studios Park. They do not include bus transfer from central London (you will have to find your own transport).
4. How much do tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park in London cost?
To know the Harry Potter Studios Park ticket prices in detail and to better organize the budget you will need to make the visit, I advise you to read the post Harry Potter Studios Park Ticket Prices and Harry Potter Tours in London, I'm sure it will help you to clear some doubts!
A word of advice: you may find skyrocketing prices in the resale of Harry Potter tickets and also some scams for tourists... Pay attention and don't let the desire to visit the Park play a trick on you during your trip! Remember that you can always visit the Harry Potter related places in London and leave the entrance to Warner Bros. Park for another time if you do not get tickets.
3. Are tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park in London included in any tourist card?
Unfortunately, tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park are not included in the London Tourist Cards (neither the London Pass nor the London Explorer Pass). However, these passes do include tours of Harry Potter and other movie locations (Bridget Jones, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Mary Poppins, etc.) through the streets of London as well as access to a multitude of tourist attractions in the city.
If you are a big fan of the adventures of the young wizard and after visiting the Harry Potter Studios Park you are left wanting more, I recommend joining one of these tours (either with or without the tourist card) because they are a fun plan to continue enjoying your favorite saga while you explore the British capital and learn very cool curiosities of the films with an expert guide.
4. How much time do you need to visit Harry Potter Studios Park in London?
You will be able to see the entire Harry Potter Studios Park in approximately 3 hours.
However, if you are a big fan of J.K Rowling's novels, you will probably want to spend more time there and extend your visit to 4 or 5 hours exploring every inch of the park and taking in all the details of the Harry Potter universe - there is so much to see here!
5. Is it advisable to go to Harry Potter Studios Park with children?
No doubt about it! If you are traveling to London with children, a visit to the Harry Potter Studios Park will be one of the coolest experiences you can do together during your vacations, especially if the kids are fans of the saga!
They will have a great time touring the sets of the movies (the Great Dining Hall, the school corridors, the Gryffindor Common Room, the teachers' offices, the Dursley and Weasley houses, etc.) and feeling for a while part of the magical universe of Harry Potter as if they were a student at Hogwarts.
In fact, you don't have to go to the Harry Potter Studios Park dressed as simple Muggles, but to immerse yourself even more in this magical atmosphere, you can dress up as your favorite character. The kids will love the idea and you will get fabulous photos.
They will also be able to see original objects from the movies and learn how the novels were brought to the movies. They will be amazed with the tour and it will be a memory they will never forget from their childhood.
However, there are areas such as Lucious Malfoy's house or the Forbidden Forest that might scare some children, especially if they are very young. Just keep this in mind in case you want to avoid these rooms during your tour of Harry Potter Studios Park.
On the other hand, if you are going to make this visit with your family, I advise you to try not to choose the last shift of access to the Harry Potter Studios Park because you would return to London very late and the experience could be exhausting for children.
6. When does Harry Potter Studios Park open in London?
Harry Potter Studios Park is open Monday through Sunday but hours vary depending on the day you visit.
- Weekdays: open from 9:30 AM to 8 PM
- Weekends: open from 8:30 AM to 10 PM.
However, check the calendar when you buy your tickets as opening times may change depending on UK public holidays, park maintenance work or to prepare the decorations for special events.
7. How to get to Harry Potter Studios Park?
Organized tours to Harry Potter Studios Park usually include a bus transfer to and from the attraction, as it is quite far from the center of London. These tours depart from Victoria Station and the bus goes directly to Warner Bros. Studios.
However, if you decide to go to Harry Potter Studios Park on your own, you will have to be patient enough to take several different means of transport to get there and make a combination of subway, train and bus both there and back.
If you want more information on this issue, do not miss the post How to get to Harry Potter Studios London where it is discussed in more detail.
8. Where to eat during the visit?
Your visit to Harry Potter Studios Park may take several hours, so you may find that you work up an appetite at some point along the way - the perfect opportunity to take a break and grab a snack to recharge your batteries!
While you can bring your own snacks in your bag to kill the munchies in the picnic area or the Backlot area, there are also places to eat inside Warner Bros. Studios during your visit. It is a good option if you forgot to take the snacks or if you go with children and you prefer them to take a more hearty dish.
Some of the cafes where you can stay for lunch at the Harry Potter Studios Park are:
The Hub Café: Serves take-out sandwiches and other baked goods as well as Starbucks specialty hot and cold beverages. Open all day.
The Chocolate Frog Café: Ideal for snacking. Serves a wide variety of sweets, cakes, treats and ice cream. Also hot chocolate. Open all day.
The Backlot Café: Here you can taste the famous butter beer! Its menu offers a wide variety of dishes such as sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and soups. They have a children's menu. Open all day.
The Food Hall: Serves breakfast, hot and cold dishes, sandwiches and a wide selection of drinks. Open until 8 PM on days when the park closes at 10 PM and until 5 PM the rest of the time.
9. What will you see during your visit?
The Harry Potter Park studios are divided into indoor and outdoor. During the tour you can walk through several sets of the films (the Great Dining Hall of Hogwarts, Platform 9¾, Diagon Alley, Professor Umbridge's office or the Forbidden Forest, among others), see some of the props and original objects from the films (the Potions Classroom, the Cupboard of Memories, Sortilegios Weasley, etc.) and the costumes of the characters (Quidditch equipment, gala dresses, uniforms, etc.).
If you like the secrets of cinema, know what goes on behind the scenes and how the movies were made, during the visit you can also learn about these issues and see the models and technical drawings that were used to create the sets or what special effects were used to film certain scenes or the method they used to recreate fantastic animals such as the basilisk, the spider Aragog or the hippogriff.
Ah! But in the Harry Potter Studios Park you can not only see things but also do magic wielding a wand or riding on a flying broomstick.
Don't forget to bring your camera because during the visit you will want to take lots of pictures, you will have a great time!
10. Some useful tips to go to the Harry Potter Studios Park
- Remember to book your tickets online in advance to Harry Potter Studios Park. It is one of the most popular attractions in London and tickets sell out quickly, especially in high season, holidays or special dates like Christmas.
- When booking your tickets you will need to choose a date and time to visit. Try to be there at least 30 minutes in advance as if you arrive later than the time you have booked, the attraction staff cannot guarantee that you will be able to enter later in the next available time slot, so remember to be very punctual!
- Strollers are permitted in the Harry Potter Studios Park, although there are a limited number of strollers per visit. Therefore, if possible, it is recommended that you park them in the checkroom free of charge. Double strollers are not allowed.
- Whether you visit the park dressed as a Muggle or as a wizard, remember to wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather at the time of year you are visiting, and don't forget to wear comfortable shoes as the ride is long!
- You can carry some snacks and water in your bag to eat there in the areas provided for this purpose.
- For those who need it, guide and assistance dogs can enter the Harry Potter Studios Park. You will need to bring your formal ID with you, as well as any necessary documentation or vests.
- Before you leave, remember to stop by the gift store for a souvenir of this special day. But if you prefer, check out the post The best Harry Potter stores in London to find out where else in the city you can also buy some cool souvenirs about the Harry Potter saga.