If you’re in London and you have the time, The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a definite must! I’d dare almost say that it’s worth booking a trip just to do the tour. We had so much fun going through the studio and drinking our butterbeer. We went while they were having their “Defense Against the Dark Arts” collection and it was awesome. Here are some of our tips for when you’re planning your trip.
Book in Advance
The studio tour requires you to purchase tickets in advance with a specific time slot. These tours book up MONTHS in advance so be sure to get yours right away. Chelsey and I were depending a few days/time slots and by the time we figure out what we wanted, tickets were gone! Thankfully we found an amazing tour that got us the correct day and time we wanted to go (along with some awesome perks)!
Go With a Tour Company
As resident potterholics, we knew from the beginning we had to tour the studio. At first we thought we could get there from central london but we quickly realized that getting out there was more complicated than we first thought. After doing research, we found the Harry Potter Studio Tours through Golden tours! If you’re toying around with the idea of going with a tour group or not, a tour is the way to go. You meet at the designated point and they’ll drive you to the studio and they’ll drive you back. Which is nice because it’s quite a ways out of the city and parking is limited. Also most tour companies have extra perks (free butterbeer) and keeps you from having to stand in line forever. We went through Golden Tours and they were awesome. Here are the links to the different packages they have.
As they say the early bird gets the worm, and this is no different. We left at 3 and got to the studio about 1.5 hours later. It was really crowded and I felt a little rushed throughout the whole experience. I feel like if you go earlier and on a weekday it’ll be a little less crowded. You want to be able to take your time and really see everything. Tour Companies even have an option for you to have breakfast in the Great Hall!!!!
Warner Bros recommends carving out a MINIMUM of 3 hours for the tour. If you are planning on stopping for butterbeer and food, make sure that you include that in your time. Especially keep all this in mind when purchasing your tickets with a time slot.
Take advantage of the butterbeer! There are only 4 places in the world that you can get authentic butterbeer and the studio is one of them. It’s so good. I know that there are recipes on pinterest and everything but there’s nothing like having the authentic thing!
Take Your Time
You’ll go through 2 short videos at the beginning and then you’re left to wander the studio by yourself. Take advantage of the self-guided tour and take your time. You can spend as little or as much time as you want going through the tour. However, if you go through a tour company, make sure you know when your bus is coming back or arrange with them to take a later bus back into the city!
Don’t Forget Your Camera
There are over 7,000 Harry Potter memorabilia to look and document so having a fully charged battery is essential. I would even recommend that you have a backup battery, just in case. There are a few spots where the studio will take your picture with their cameras (you pay for these). The whole studio is full of amazing wonders and you will want to document everything!