Plan Your Visit to the Harry Potter™ Studio | TImings, How to Get There, Accessibility, Tips, Rules, and More

Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio | Visitor information at a glance

Visit Harry Potter Studio
  • What are the Harry Potter™ Studio opening hours?
    The studio tour is open from 8:30am to 10pm.
  • Where is Harry Potter™ Studio located?
    Harry Potter™ Studio is at Leavesden, Watford, about 20 miles northwest of central London. Find on Map
  • How many visitors does Harry Potter™ Studio see every year?
    The Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London welcomes over 2 million visitors annually.
  • Are parking facilities available at Warner Bros. Studios?
    Parking is free of charge. The car park is a short walk away from the entrance to the Studio Tour. Priority Parking is located next to the Studio Tour entrance and is available to purchase online with your Studio Tour tickets for an additional £10.

What are the Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio opening times?

Harry Potter Studio London opens at 8:30am and closes at 10pm. Tours begin at 9am. The first tour begins at 9am and the final tour begins at 6:30pm. The last bus back to Watford Junction departs at 10pm.

General information:

  • The Harry Potter Studio London opening hours may vary, so it's essential to check the Studio's calendar for the latest information.
  • Note that the first bus and last bus times also vary depending on the schedule.

Best time to visit Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio

The best time to visit the Harry Potter Studio is from June to August. The weather is relatively pleasant during these months, making it a perfect time to visit. However, this is also the peak season for the studio so be prepared for large crowds. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit during November to May. This is the off-season so there will be comparatively fewer crowds. Another highly recommended experience is visiting during Christmas, owing to the magical decoration and atmosphere.

Due to its popularity, the Harry Potter™ Studio Tour is always bustling with fans. However, since their intake capacity is limited, you would be able to comfortably explore.

What long is the Harry Potter™ Studio tour?

Typically, a Harry Potter™ Studio tour takes about 3 to 7 hours, depending on the kind of experience you have purchased your tickets for. If you choose to attend an experience, shop, or dine, your time at the studios would increase accordingly.

Where is Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio located?

Getting to Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio

By public transport
By car

  • Train: The nearest train station to the studio tour is Watford Junction. It is just a 20-minute train journey to the studio tour from London Euston and a 1-hour journey from Birmingham New Street. Take the train to Watford Junction (£4) and hop aboard the shuttle service (£3 for a return journey) to the studio. Oyster cards are valid between the stations.
  • Bus: Shuttle buses operated by Mullany’s Coaches run regularly from Watford Junction to the studio. An average journey should take about 15 minutes; a bus is available every 20 minutes from 9:20am every day. The last bus is generally scheduled between 8pm and 10pm depending on the closing hours. Please note that you need to display your booking confirmation to access the shuttle transfers.
  • Transfer options from central London with Golden Tours (preferred partners of Warner Bros. Studios) are also available.

  • From the North:
    Exit M1 at Junction 6a onto M25 (Heathrow), then take A41 towards London (NW & C). Keep left at Hunton Bridge roundabout, then left for A405 (St Albans). Follow the signs to the studio.
  • From London:
    Exit M1 at Junction 5 onto A41 (North Watford) for 3 miles. At Hunton Bridge Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto A41. Keep left and take the first exit, then the first exit again at the roundabout to the studio.

Car parks: Free car parking is available on-site at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. The car park is a short walk away from the entrance to the Studio Tour. When entering the car park, make sure you have your booking confirmation ready to show the Car Parking team. Priority Parking next to the entrance can be pre-booked online for an additional £10.

Book Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tours

Know before you go

Rules and regulations
harry potter studio entrance

There is only one main entrance to the Warner Bros. Studios - The Making of Harry Potter London. All visitors, regardless of their arrival method (car, shuttle bus, etc.), must enter through this single point.

This entrance is located at Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Watford, WD25 8LS, United Kingdom.

Visit Harry Potter Studio

The following facilities are available at Harry Potter™ Studio:

  • Cloakroom
  • Toilets
  • Cash machine
  • Parent and baby rooms
  • Shops
  • Food and drinks
harry potter studio rules
  • Shirts and shoes are required to be worn at all times.
  • Clothing with offensive or inappropriate messages or images might be refused entry.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed inside the studios, except for bottled water. Food can be enjoyed in designated eating areas outside the tour.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited throughout the studio and car park.
  • Large bags and backpacks are discouraged due to limited space within the tour areas. Lockers are available for a small fee if needed.
  • Tripods and professional photography equipment are not permitted.
Visit Harry Potter Studio
Visit Harry Potter Studio

Harry Potter™ Studio has many themed restaurants and cafés serving iconic Harry Potter delicacies.

  • The Chocolate Frog Café - iconic wizarding confectionery serving treats, sweets, ice creams, and cakes.
  • The Hub Café - Serves sandwiches to grab-and-go, bakery items, and hot and cold Starbucks beverages.
  • The Food Hall - Serves sandwiches, baked goodies, and beverages in a refectory-style setting.
  • The Backlot Café - Offers indoor and outdoor seating with views of popular sets. You can also enjoy the famous Butterbeer here.
harry potter studio knight bus
  • Download the Harry Potter Fan Club app: This app unlocks exclusive content through "Enchanted Keys" hidden throughout the tour, offering behind-the-scenes insights and interactive experiences.
  • Pick up an Activity Passport: These free booklets are perfect for keeping children entertained. They include puzzles, trivia, and a Golden Snitch hunt, adding an interactive element to your exploration.
  • Invest in a green screen experience: Take a picture or video riding a broomstick "flying" over Hogwarts, just like the cast did during filming. This souvenir captures a truly unique moment.
  • Visit Diagon Alley at night: During special events, the studios offer extended evening tours where Diagon Alley is illuminated with twinkling lights, creating a magical atmosphere.
  • Participate in seasonal events: The studio tour often hosts themed events throughout the year, such as Return to Azkaban or special exhibitions. These offer unique experiences and photo opportunities.
  • Explore the Backlot: If time permits, venture outside to the Backlot area, where you can see sets used for iconic outdoor scenes like the Hogwarts Express bridge and the Forbidden Forest.
harry potter studio
  • Whippendell Woods: Immerse yourself in nature with a visit to Whippendell Woods, located near the studio. This serene woodland offers picturesque walking trails, providing a peaceful retreat from the bustle of city life.
  • Cassiobury Park: Just a short drive away, Cassiobury Park is a vast public park with beautiful green spaces, a canal, and woodland areas. Ideal for a leisurely stroll, picnics, or even a boat ride along the Grand Union Canal.
  • Watford Museum: Delve into local history at Watford Museum, situated close to the studios. The museum showcases the town's cultural heritage through engaging exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.

Accessibility at the Harry Potter Studio

The majority of the tour is accessible, with ramps and wide pathways throughout the studio. However, there are a few areas that may be difficult to navigate for wheelchair users, such as Diagon Alley's cobbled street, The Great Hall's slate floor, The Forbidden Forest's spongy surface, Privet Drive's narrow doorway, the Knight Bus, and Hogwarts Express. These have limited accessibility due to their original set designs.

harry potter studio accessibility
  • Accessible toilets are located throughout the studio tour.
  • A changing facility with a hoist, height-adjustable changing bench, shower, toilet, and washbasin is available in the lobby. However, visitors are required to bring their own slings for the hoist.
  • Wheelchairs are available on loan for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Staff are happy to assist visitors with any accessibility needs.
  • All paying disabled visitors can avail of one free carer ticket. The carer must provide assistance to the visitor as well as present the proof of entitlement at the ticket window.
  • Fully trained assistance dogs are welcome to the studio tour and water bowls are also available upon request.
  • Both electric, as well as manual wheelchairs, are allowed in the studio but prior notice needs to be given.
  • Handheld digital guides and audio-visual guides are also available for visually impaired or blind visitors.
  • For visitors who are hard of hearing, iPads are available to view media with subtitles throughout the attractions.
  • A sensory room can be used by visitors with autism and other needs who require a calming environment during their visit.
  • Hidden Disability Sunflower Lanyards are also provided to visitors with hidden disabilities so that the studio staff are discreetly alerted to provide support and assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions about visiting Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio

Where is the Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio located?

The Harry Potter™ Studio is located about 20 miles (32 km) from London at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR.

What is the best way to get to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio in London?

While you can take a bus and/or train to reach the Harry Potter™ Studios in London, the best commute option is to opt for a return transfer as part of your tour. This way you don't have to plan to commute back and forth to London.

Is parking available?

Yes. You can avail of free parking services outside the Harry Potter™ Studio by simply displaying your ticket. Priority parking is also available for visitors next to the studio entrance; however, you would have to book and pay for your spot in advance.

What are the Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio opening times?

The studio tour opens at 8:30am. The first tour begins at 9am and the final tour begins at 6:30pm. The studio tour closes at 10pm. The last bus back to Watford Junction departs at 10pm. However, timings may vary weekly or monthly so please refer to the Harry Potter™ Studio Tours calendar.

When is the Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio closed?

The Harry Potter™ Studio is closed on March 30, November 11 to 15, and December 25 and 26.

What is the best time to opt for a Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio Tour?

If you're looking for smaller crowds, November to March is the best time to go for a Harry Potter™ Studio tour. However, if you're looking for a magical experience, you can go for a tour during the Christmas season and witness the magical festivities first-hand.

How long does it take to tour Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio?

It typically takes 3 to 7 hours to completely tour Harry Potter™ Studio. The duration also depends on the experiences you choose to do. Visiting studio shops, cafés, and events might increase the length of your tour.

Are Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio tours wheelchair-accessible?

Yes, most of the Harry Potter™ Studio is wheelchair-accessible. Electric and manual wheelchairs are allowed in the studio, but prior notice needs to be given. However, some locations might be difficult to navigate like Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Bridge.

How to skip waiting lines at Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio?

You can skip long waiting lines at Harry Potter™ Studio by choosing guided tours, arriving early during visiting hours, scheduling your tours on weekdays when the crowds are lesser, and booking a priority parking bay in advance.

Can I buy food and drinks at Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio?

Yes, Harry Potter™ Studio has 4 wonderful Harry Potter-themed cafés where you can enjoy bakery goods, sandwiches, sweets, desserts, and even Butterbeer.

Is it worth visiting Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studio?

Absolutely. Harry Potter™ Studio Tours are a dream come true for any Harry Potter fan. You get to experience the magic of the wizarding world firsthand and make memories for a lifetime.