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The Making of Harry Potter Tour – A brief guide

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The Making of Harry Potter Tour –  A brief guide

The Experience:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter most commonly known as Harry Potter Tour is the most popular and most demanding tour in London that takes you behind the scenes of your favourite Harry Potter Films. The tour is so popular that the tickets get sold out months in advance The tour has amazed people of all ages in its own magical way.

So, what is Harry Potter Studio tour, in lame words Harry Potter Studio tour is a walking tour that walks you through the magical world of Harry Potter™ films with props, sets, costumes and even the magical animatronics used in the film series. The whole three hours experience really makes you feel like you are in the magical world of Harry Potter and shows you how the magical world was made into reality for its fans.

The tour starts with a short film where Harry and his mates tell you about their experiences while shooting the film series and then the giant doors open, taking you to the great hall, from there on the magical world is open to your footstep and you will unravel the secrets of harry potter world. The tour is divided into stages and amazes you in every corner. As you walk be see Hogwarts Castle, take a ride on Hogwarts Express, walk the cobbles of Diagon Alley and the scary forbidden forest and not to mention a flying ride on Harry’s broomstick.

Audio Guide:

An audio guide is available for your convenience from the studio if you wish to rent it for only £4.95. Audio guide gives you a great insight of the tour with a great explanation of how the props, costumes and sets were made possible for the viewers and lovers of Harry Potter. The audio guide is also available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Brazilian and Portuguese.

Where the studio is located

Warner Bros. Studio London is located in Watford, which is 20 miles north-west of London. There are various ways as to how you can get to the studio and it also depends which type of ticket you bought.

Tickets bought directly from the studio:

If the tickets are purchased directly from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s website, then you have to make your own way to the studio as tickets bought directly from Warner Bros. Studio London does not include transportation. You can make your own way to the studio which is explained later in the article.

Tickets Bought from ticket retailers/tour operators in London:

Warner Bros. Studio London has authorised a number of ticket retailers or tour operators in London that sell the tour including transportation to the studio and back. Such tours are normally available in terms of time slots and are proven to be more successful among tourists because as a tourist it is a little bit tricky to get to the studio and you have to make few train changes. However, if you buy from retailers/tour operators you have everything sorted for you and all you have to do is to make your way to the tour departure point which is generally Victoria London and the tour operator will take care of everything for you.

A Harry Potter tour bought from a retailer normally lasts approximately 7 hours with two hours to reach the studio and back to London and 3 hours to spend inside the studio, mostly you get more than 3 hours to spend in the studio as the transportation takes less than 2 hours.

Transportation only to Warner Bros. Studio London

shuttle bus to harry potter studio

If you have bought tickets directly from the studio, then you can also choose transportation only option offered by some of the suppliers. In order to do that you must make sure that you match the departure time of the bus with the entrance slot, you have booked with the studio, for example, if your entrance time is booked for 2 PM then you must choose departure time of 12 PM in order to get there on time.

How to get to the studio on your own:

If you wish to make your own way to the studio, you can either drive to the studio using the postcode WD25 7LR in your SAT NAV and great news WB Studio offers free parking for its guests. Alternatively, if you wish to travel by train from London then you can take a train from Euston Station to Watford Junction from where you can board on the shuttle service offered by the studio for a price of £2.50 or £3 if you buy a return.

How to Book Tickets for Harry Potter Studio tour:

Tickets to Harry Potter Studio tour gets sold out very quickly, if you have any plans to go to the studio you must book it way in advance otherwise you will struggle to get the tickets or most likely you won’t get the tickets.

Tickets can be bought directly from the Warner Bros. Studio London’s website or from ticket retailers.

Last Minute Harry Potter Tickets:

There is no such thing as last-minute tickets to harry potter studio however some suppliers such as Golden Tours which is the preferred partner of Warner Bros. Studios London keeps allocation for hotel concierges and small sellers in London, so if you have not booked the tickets best thing is to check with small sellers in London or on the internet.


Note: Margo Tickets & Tours is authorized sales agent of Golden Tours Ltd

Open Top Bus Tour

Which Open Top Bus Tours London

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Which Open Top Bus Tour London

A hop on hop off sightseeing bus tour is a must do and highly recommended for London Tourists especially if this is your first-time visit to London. With the help of hop on hop off bus tour you will have a good idea of the city without worrying about directions or stations as the bus stops and passes all the prime locations, which also gives a benefit to people who do not speak very good English as the bus has guide in multiple languages which keeps you aware of places you are passing on the bus. The bus stops at all the stops and you have an option to get off and get back on at the same stop or join the bus at another stop. Following set of paragraphs explains key advantages of the hop on hop off bus tour London and various bus tours available to book.

Key advantages of Hop on Hop off bus tour

  • City Overview and Open Top Bus Experience:

Doing a sightseeing Hop on Hop off bus tour gives you a nice overview of the city and idea of the city’s prime locations to visit. Doing a sightseeing open top bus tour is highly recommended for at least a day or two days and after that, you can be on your own.

  • Flexible & Frequent:

Firstly, a hop on hop off bus tour is very flexible, which means you can use it as you like. The buses are mostly arriving every 10 to 15 minutes in summer and every 15 to 20 minutes in winter, this way you are not bound to any fixed schedule and you can spend as much time as you like at one location and when you are ready you can join another bus coming from the same stop you got off the bus or another stop.

  • Guide in Multiple Languages:

Although London is very tourist friendly with directions and signs everywhere and lots of helpful people but still if you are not very good with English, a hop on hop off bus tour is definitely a good option for you. Usually, all the hop on hop off bus tours have recorded guide in many languages which does not just guide you about the history of London, it is also very helpful if you don’t speak English very well as you will be well aware of where you are and where you are going.

The buses do also have a live onboard guide in English which keeps you entertained as well.

Comparing the Hop-on Hop-off Bus tours:

The time is long gone when London only had one or two sightseeing hop on hop off bus tours, now London has at least four companies operating as a hop on hop off bus tour and it is often difficult for tourists to choose the right one, here is your guide to hop on hop off bus tours. In the following guide, we have focused on 3 main companies in London.

  1. Big Bus Tour
  2. Golden Tours Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  3. The Original London Tour.

Routes Covered

All three companies cover all the major sights including Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, Westminster, Tower Bridge, St. Pauls and Buckingham Palace.

Hotel Districts:

Big Bus Tour has the benefit of offering full-service regular service from areas that are densely populated with hotels such as Paddington, Bayswater, and South Kensington. This way tourists can join the tour right from their hotels and come back to the hotels. Golden Tour’s Hop on Hop off does not have full service from hotel districts except Paddington however they do operate a morning and afternoon connection service

Bus Frequency

Previously Big Bus Tour company had an advantage of having most frequent service and most convenient map with blue line covering most of the sights but now Golden Tour’s also offering very good frequency of buses and with the inclusion of Orange & Blue route where you can cover most of the sights in London

Extra Inclusions:

All the hop on hop off bus tour services offers free walking Tours and River Cruise Tour as part of standard Hop on Hop off bus tour except Golden Tours offering a cheapest 1-day ticket without river cruise tour or walking tours.

How Hop-on Hop-off Ticket works:

Most tickets are formed as 24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours validity, which can be termed as 1 day, two days or three days. The validity of the ticket starts from the time you first board on the bus and valid until the same time next day or day after depending on the ticket you have bought for example a 24 hour ticket will be valid from the time you first board the bus until the same time next day.

Service Timings:

Service timings vary and depend on season, usually in summer time buses operate the longest duration with the Big Bus Tour having last bus tour starting at around 7 PM. In winter, however, most services have their last bus at around 4:30 PM.

Which Company to Choose:

Based on our experience we are fond of two hop on hop off companies in London, Big Bus Tour and Golden Tours’ hop on hop off bus tour. The key advantage with choosing Big Bus Tour is better convenience in terms of route and pick up from hotel districts along with very good frequency whereas Golden Tours’ open top bus tour does also have route convenience and very good pricing strategy where you have an option to choose with or without River cruise tour.

Pricing and Ticket Options

1 Day ( no extras ) 24 hours 48 hours 72 hours Offers

Big Bus Tour

NA £35 £43 £49 Book Here

Golden Tours

£26 £30 £35 £43 Book Here
The Original Tour NA £32 £42 NA Book Here