Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Among the new-age attractions of the diverse London there is a museum established by Leavesden studios where all iconic Harry Potter movies were filmed. And today it is rather hard to imagine that there was Watford airfield. During the Second World War there was an aircraft assembly facility. In 2012 the former hangar was turned into a film studio ground for the first Harry Potter episode with all stage props and decorations carefully preserved.

Today the studio is a portal taking its visitors to the magical world where the films based on the phenomenal J. K. Rowling's saga were shot, which makes it an ideal destination for the millions of the young sorcerer's fans. Real on set decorations, Harry's and other characters' costumes let you dive into that beautiful fairy tale world. The tour starts with a Welcome to Hogwarts show. The visitors will see the tiny room where Harry Potter lived, will make their own walk around Dumbledore's office and along Diagon Alley. Young visitors will even be able to sit at the dinner tables of the Great Hall of Hogwarts.

The most valuable exhibit is the model of Hogwarts castle used on the set of all of the episodes. It took half a year to make that mini castle, which is 24 times smaller than the original. Everything was elaborated to the tiniest detail – windows, turrets, torches and spires are just like real. The parents will be surprised by unique special effects waiting for them all around the studio, while kids get totally enchanted by the magic of the place.

At the end of the tour visitors can buy magic wands and broomsticks from the local souvenir store, as well as to find their favorite character's costumes and a book of magic. It is easy and simple to get here by train to Watford Junction railway station from London Euston and Birmingham New Street (then by a special bus to the studious). For a successful visit it is required to book the tickets on the studio's website and consult there with the bus schedule. Note that not in every hall it is allowed to take photos or videos, no flashing light is allowed. Audio guides in multiple languages are available. There are bus tours from downtown London to the studio with Golden Tours company. Also Harry Potter fans simply must visit the platform 93/4 at King's Cross station.

Address: Aerodrome Way, Leavesden, Hertfordshire
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9 (10) am – 4 (6.30) pm depending on the time of year and day of the week; closed on December 25-26.
How to reach: Watford Junction station
Coordinates: 51.69095, -0.41779