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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

From the moment you step through the vast carved doors of the Great Hall, you know you’re somewhere truly magical. This is no mere theme park – instead, you’ll find thousands of exquisitely detailed artefacts, lovingly preserved from the eight Harry Potter movies, filmed at adjacent Leavesden studios.

The sets are the biggest draw, from a cobbled Diagon Alley to The Great Hall, the Gryffindor dorms to Dumbledore’s office, and the Hogwarts Express, which you can climb aboard. Just watch out for Dementors.

But this showcase of sets, iconic props and costumes is beautifully displayed to allow an immersive, interactive experience that stays with you long after you’ve left. Even if you’re not a Potter fan, the incredible attention to detail, commitment to storytelling and sheer craftsmanship that has gone into both the film sets and the subsequent Studio Tour, can’t fail to move anyone with even the most passing interest in movies.

Don’t miss 

There’s always a big queue (and fee) for the chance to ride a broom against a greenscreen and snag souvenir snaps of yourself high above Hogwarts. But unless you’ve got kids in tow (or are a serious fan) give it a miss in favour of a proper look around the Special Effects and Visual Effects exhibition, which reveals the magic behind such wonders as the door to the Chamber of Secrets, the invisibility cloak and just how those green screenshots were made.

Logistics

Price from: £47
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The studios are located 20 miles north-west of London, under three miles from the M1 and M25 motorways. The nearest rail station is Watford Junction (20 minutes from Euston). From here, regular buses shuttle to the Studio Tour, taking about 15 minutes.

Ardent fans and younger visitors should pick up an Activity Passport which takes you on a Golden Snitch hunt and offers up puzzles and trivia to enhance your tour, and helps you find souvenir stamps at key points throughout the tour such as Platform 9 ¾ and Gringotts Bank.

There are plentiful atmospheric places to refuel including the Chocolate Frog Café serving sweets and treats inspired by the wizarding world, The Hub Café and Food Hall (best for full meals), and the Backlot Café where you can order an iconic butterbeer.

The gift shop has plenty of consumable souvenirs, from packets of Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans to chocolate frogs.

When to do it

It’s open all year round, seven days a week. School holidays and weekends are busy throughout the day, although timed entry requirements do a decent job of spacing out the crowds. At other times, mornings are busiest.

Who to go with: organised tours

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