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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Duration: 2.5 hours
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Meet your guide in Soho and find out which House you belong in, then walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards and witches while visiting Diagon…

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5 Magical Moments On A London Harry Potter Tour

The boy who lived, and ignited a generation of wizards! A trip to London isn't complete without searching out a few of your favorite wizarding world places. Grab some floo powder, and find the real-life locations of Diagon Alley and other Harry Potter haunts.

Platform 9 and 3/4
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Platform 9 and 3/4

Head to King’s Cross, and push your cart and owl onto the platform just like Harry. Look for the queue of fellow First Years in the main departures hall.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

The enchanted dining hall--recreated at Warner Bros. Studios--was inspired by the real dining hall at Oxford’s Christ Church College.

Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express

The real British steam locomotive (name: Olton Hall) is now a museum display at Warner Bros. Studios. All aboard for the 11 o'clock to Hogwarts!

The Leaky Cauldron
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The Leaky Cauldron

Head to Leadenhall Market. At 42 Bull's Head Passage, you'll see a familiar-looking optician's shop (AKA: the entrance to The Leaky Cauldron!).

The Ministry of Magic
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The Ministry of Magic

The exterior shots for the Ministry of Magic were filmed at its rather appropriate real-life counterpart: Great Scotland Yard.

Planning Your Visit

How far away from London is the Warner Bros. Studio?

Warner Bros. Studio is located 20 miles north-west from central London, in Leavesden.

How do you get to the Warner Bros. Studio?

The closest railway station is Watford Junction, a quick 20-minute train ride from London's Euston Station. There are also plenty of shuttle buses that leave from central London. Transportation to and from London is often included in a Warner Bros Studio tour, so check out all your options before you book.

Can you take a Harry Potter tour without leaving London?

The world of Harry Potter is the world of London, meaning you can do a lot of sightseeing without ever leaving the city. Take a black cab or a night bus around town, and visit the film locations for the Ministry of Magic. And, of course, you can go to Kings Cross (a real-life train station) and take photos in front of Platform 9 and ¾.

What people are saying about London

Great trip - enough time for both activities

This is a long day and while you can spend a whole day (or two!) at either Oxford or Harry Potter studios, there is enough time on this trip to enjoy both (being somewhat mindful of the time). We had a great tour guide in Oxford, local man who I believe studied/studies there; he gave recommendations & local flavor. Had enough time for lunch at Turf Tavern and some quick shopping. Harry Potter studio is massive and one can easily schedule a whole day for it. We had about 4 hours. I'm a massive fan and was accompanied by a casual one. We ideally would have liked about 30-45 minutes longer to not feel at all rushed but again, still plenty of time to wait in line for pictures on a broomstick, Hogwarts Express, etc if everything else is kept at a decent pace. Unfortunately, the bus does not have outlets, wifi or a bathroom. However, the driver does stop at the facilities en route. Overall, I rate this a 9/10 (slightly longer at Harry Potter maybe, upgraded bus) but would recommend!

Harry Potter Studio Tour & Oxford Day Tour from London Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/10/2019

Very interesting tour for Harry Potter fans

My kids (11 and 14) are big Harry Potter fans. This was a great tour and it was fascinating to see how they made the movie. My husband and I are not huge fans but we still enjoyed the tour. We visited in July and it was quite warm on the bus for the first 45 min. They show a Harry Potter movie on the bus which entertains the kids (and adults). The facility is huge and there is a lot to see. If you enjoy Harry Potter and are interested in the behind the scenes of movie making, this tour is for you. It is highly recommended.

Harry Potter: Warner Bros. Studio Tour Family Package Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/12/2019

Big Ben is phenomenal and I was nearly in tears or overjoyed with tour

I found your tour guide ‘big Ben’ both informative and inspiring. His vast knowledge of WWII history, London history, architecture, Harry Potter, and all things J.K. Rawling was inspirational. Please continue to do these Harry Potter tours with Ben as he is ‘gold’ for your company. He seems to have a good connection with the locals, and his sense of humour is ‘wicked.’ Well done Ben!!!

2-hour London Harry Potter Walking Tour Reviewed by Gwen, 07/04/2019

Julie Ann was a great guide, the tour was fun and informative.

Julie Ann was a great guide . The tour was fun and informative. The whole family enjoyed the afternoon and it was great value . We were introduced to parts of London that we would never have seen before. Visiting the graphic artists involved with Harry Potter was one of the many highlights. Nothing was too much trouble for Julie Ann and I would highly recommend a tour with her .

London: Harry Potter Locations Walking Tour Reviewed by Eleanor, 07/16/2019

Eva as our German Guide did an amazing job from A - Z

The tour is interesting for Harry Potter experts and newbies alike. I don't want to spoil the surprises, so just book it and try. It's worth the money and the time! Die Tour ist sowohl fuer Harry Potter Experten wie fuer Banausen interessant. Ich moechte nicht zu viel verraten; am besten einfach buchen und versuchen. Es ist das Geld und die Zeit wert!