After filming all the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. studios, Warner Bros. decided to preserve many of the original sets and props that had appeared in the movies and show them to fans inside the Harry Potter Studios Park just outside London.
This attraction immediately became one of the best things to do in London and therefore one of the most popular, so book your tickets quickly because they sell out!
Forget planning. Everything is included in the price: entrance fees and transport.
The perfect option for not worrying about anything other than enjoying your visit to Harry Potter Warner Park, the recreations of the sets, the production of the films and the whole magical universe of Hogwarts.
If you are reading this you have probably seen the Harry Potter films and you may have read the books too. Places like Diagon Alley, Gringotts Bank, Ollivanders' shop and Hogwarts Castle are not unfamiliar to you, but have you ever been to any of them? Now you have the chance to enjoy them all with this tour.
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'll be catching the bus to the park. Booking these tickets with transfers included means you don't have to worry about a thing.
Recommended if... you wouldn't want to miss Harry Potter Park on your visit to London but finding transport to get there and getting there on your own is a real headache.
How to get tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park?
If you're serious about putting this attraction on your agenda, it's best to book your tickets online as soon as possible to ensure you get a seat at a specific time slot as capacity is limited. Every day 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 a number of ways: either with a pack which includes tickets and transfer to Harry Potter Studios Park, or you can go it alone.
The best option: book tickets with transfer
There are packs that include both the entrance to Warner Bros. Studios and the bus transfer to and from the attraction. You can get them from 107 € at Hellotickets.
This is a fantastic option to consider if you're travelling to London as a family as the tickets at the box office do not include travel to the Harry Potter Studios Park and the attraction is located a long way from central London (about an hour away).
This way you don't 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 also don't have to keep track of the timetables of the different means of public transport you have to take to get to the studios and not to miss the transfer connections.
With young children, organising an outing is always a bit of an adventure, but you can save yourself the stress of rushing them back and forth to get there by opting for a bus transfer that will take you directly to Harry Potter Studios Park from central London. It's that simple!
Choose the departure point for your transfer
But London is big, so you have a choice of two options for your transfer ticket package. I'll tell you what they are and you choose the one that suits you best:
- Harry Potter Park tickets with transfers from central London.
- Harry Potter Park tickets with transfers from King's Cross
What is it like to visit Harry Potter Studios Park on your own?
If you prefer to visit Harry Potter Studios Park on your own, you can also purchase tickets from the Warner Bros Studios website. These only give access to Harry Potter Studios Park. They do not include bus transfers from central London (you will need to arrange your own transport).
How much do tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park cost?
From around 107 euros you can buy tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park with transfers from Victoria Station. This would be the cheapest option if you want to forget about finding other public or private transport to get there. If you choose the package that departs from King's Cross, the price is around 120 euros.
However, to know the Harry Potter Studios Park ticket prices in detail and to be able to better organise 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. It will surely help you to clear some doubts!
Are tickets to the Harry Potter Studios Park included in any of the tourist passes?
Unfortunately, tickets to Harry Potter Studios Park are not included on the London Sightseeing Passes (neither the London Pass nor the London Explorer Pass). However, these passes do include tours of Harry Potter and other film 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're a big fan of the young wizard's adventures and after visiting the Harry Potter Studios Park you're still hungry for more, I recommend joining one of these tours (with or without the tourist card) because they're a great way to continue enjoying your favourite saga while exploring the British capital and learning cool facts about the films with an expert guide.
How much time do you need to visit Harry Potter Studios Park?
You will be able to see Harry Potter Studios Park in its entirety in approximately 3 hours.
However, if you're a big fan of J.K Rowling's novels, you'll 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's so much to see here!
Is it advisable to go to Harry Potter Studios Park with children?
Without a doubt. If you are travelling 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 holidays, especially if the kids are fans of the saga! Here are a few reasons why:
- They'll have a great time touring the sets of the films (the Great Dining Hall, the school corridors, the Gryffindor Common Room, the teachers' offices, the Dursley and Weasley houses, etc.).
- In fact, you don't have to dress up at Harry Potter Studios Park as simple Muggles, but to immerse yourself even more in the magical atmosphere, you can dress up as your favourite character. The kids will love the idea and you'll get some fabulous photos.
- They will also be able to see original objects from the films and learn how the novels were brought to the cinema. They will be amazed by 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 which, due to their grim realism, might scare some children, especially if they are very young. Just bear 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 on this tour as a family, I advise you to try not to choose the last time to enter the Harry Potter Studios Park as you will be returning to London very late and the experience could be exhausting for the children.
When does Harry Potter Studios Park open in London?
Harry Potter Studios Park is open Monday to Sunday but opening 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, please check the calendar when purchasing tickets as opening times may change depending on UK public holidays, park maintenance or to prepare the sets for special events.
How to get to Harry Potter Studios Park
Organised tours to Harry Potter Studios Park usually include a bus transfer to and from the attraction, as it is quite a distance from the centre of London. These tours usually depart from King's Cross or 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 need to be patient and take several different modes of transport to get there and make a combination of tube, train and bus both there and back.
For more information on this, don't miss the post How to get to Harry Potter Studios London where it's covered in more detail.
Where to eat during your visit?
Your visit to Harry Potter Studios Park is likely to take several hours, so you may find that you work up an appetite at some point during your visit - the perfect opportunity to take a break and grab a snack to recharge your batteries!
Although you can carry your own snacks in your bag to kill the munchies in the picnic area or the Backlot area, there are also places to eat during your visit inside the Warner Bros. studios. It's a good option if you forgot to grab snacks or if you're going with kids and want them to have a more hearty meal. Some of these are:
- The Hub Café: Serves take-away sandwiches and other baked goods as well as hot and cold Starbucks specials. 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 butterbeer! The menu offers a wide variety of dishes such as sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and soups. There is also 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.
What will you see during your visit?
The studios at Harry Potter Park are divided into indoor and outdoor areas. Here's a summary of what you can see during your tour of the park:
- You will be able to walk through various sets from the films such as the Hogwarts Great Hall, Platform 9¾, Diagon Alley, Professor Umbridge's office or the Forbidden Forest.
- See some of the original props and objects from the films, e.g. the Potions Room, the Wardrobe of Memories, Weasley's Sorcery, etc.
- Costumes of the characters, quidditch equipment, dresses, uniforms...
- On the other hand, if you like the secrets of cinema or how the films were made, during the visit you can also 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 at Harry Potter Studios Park you can not only see things but also do magic by wielding a wand or riding on a flying broomstick.
Don't forget to bring your camera because you'll want to take lots of pictures during your visit - you'll have a blast!
Some useful tips for going to Harry Potter Studios Park
- Remember to book your tickets online in advance for Harry Potter Studios Park. It is one of London's most popular attractions and tickets sell out quickly, especially during peak season, bank holidays or special dates such as 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 staff at the attraction cannot guarantee that you will be able to enter later in the next available time slot, so remember to be very punctual!
- Prams are permitted in Harry Potter Studios Park, although there are a limited number of prams per visit. Therefore, if possible, it is recommended that you park them in the cloakroom free of charge. Double buggies are not allowed.
- Whether you are visiting the park dressed as a Muggle or 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 designated areas.
- Guide dogs and assistance dogs are allowed into Harry Potter Studios Park. You will need to bring your formal ID with you, as well as any necessary documentation or waistcoats.
- Before you leave, remember to stop by the gift shop to pick up a souvenir of this special day. But if you prefer, check out the Best Harry Potter Shops in London post to see where else in London you can also pick up some cool Harry Potter souvenirs.