Things to Expect From Your Visit to Warners Brothers Studio Tours


I start getting ready for Christmas in October, so you won’t be shocked to know that I like to know what to expect on a festive family day out. If you have a similar mindset and are thinking about a trip to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour with your resident Harry Potter fans, these are the things you need to know:

You Need to Book Ahead

Unlike standard London attractions where you can simply turn up and buy a ticket, you absolutely need to pre-book your studio tour, as entry to the exhibit is limited to a particular time slot. This is to ensure that things don’t get too crowded and you’ll be so glad, as there’s nothing worse than trying to squeeze your little ones to the front of a busy display.


When you take a look at all the upcoming exhibits, you’ll see that certain ones are guaranteed to be exceptionally popular, such as Christmas at Hogwarts, so if you have a particular date in mind to visit, it’s even more important that you remember to book in advance.

A lot of the Exhibits are Interactive

The Warner Brothers Studio Tour has a real history of surprising and delighting visitors ever since it opened, which is why you need to be prepared for some of the exhibits being more interactive than simple photo opportunities. You’ll definitely want all your cameras and recording equipment to be fully charged and get ready for a few squeals of delight from your kids, too, as models really do come to life.

There’s Plenty of  Walking to do

The layout of the tour is extensive, with different zones and exhibits being connected by walkways that entertain as you go, but this does mean that feet get tired, particularly small ones!

If I could give you one piece of advice, it’s make sure that you dress comfortably. Lots of people take the opportunity to explore a little fancy dress, choosing to represent their favourite characters or Hogwarts house, and that’s great, but don’t fall into the trap of not being able to move freely or pinching toes in tight shoes. Even Dumbledore probably owned a pair of trainers!

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Food is Available Throughout

Taking water and healthy snacks with you on a day out is always a good idea, but there are plenty of edible treats to enjoy as you make your way through the tour. From the Butterbeer stand stand to the Platform 9¾ shop, there are lots of options for satisfying rumbling tummies, so be sure to add a little to your budget as nobody wants to say no to a chocolate frog (or two).

The Gift Shop Will Test Your Resolve

Once you’ve navigated the tour, seen all the spectacular exhibits and come out feeling like even more of a Harry Potter expert than when you went in, it’s time to brace yourself for the studio shop. Filled from floor to ceiling with every conceivable Hogwarts and Harry Potter-related product possible, you’ll definitely be feeling a tug on the sleeve every other step as more pocket money is requested or Christmas lists are mentioned. If you can say no, you’re stronger than me, as everything is so cute.

To be properly prepared for a Warner Brothers Studio Tour, it’s definitely worth trying to find out more ahead of a trip and genning up, as there won’t be a lot of time for asking too many questions on the day and the kids will have you otherwise engaged.

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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9 Discussion to this post

  1. Haley says:

    If we could only spend a real Christmas at Hogwarts.

  2. I really need to take my girls to Warner Brother studio as they are both huge Harry Potter fans and I just know they would love it. Some great tips Zena x

  3. everyone i know seems to be going on this trip lately! i love your tips, especially the gift shop ha WHO CAN RESIST A GIFT SHOP?!?!?!?!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my goodness this looks like so much fun! That Hogswarts display – swoon! I’d love to see this for myself one day.

  5. I work just across the road from the studios so I always see cars going in and out of that place. I’ve been once but as I’ve not seen all the movies not everything made complete sense to me x

  6. I would love to do this. Looks like such a fab place!

  7. gemma bell says:

    This looks like so much fun! I’m not a major harry potter fan but the displays look so good. 🙂

  8. This sounds much bigger than I’ve always imagined it to be. Now my girls are getting more curious, I would love to go with them soon.

  9. Crystal says:

    I have heard such great things about the Warner Bros. Studio. Thank you so much for breaking down some details for us.

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