Are you looking for the best Harry Potter Tours in London? You’re in luck! Here’s the top tours in London to spend an afternoon immersing yourself in the magic of the Wizarding World!
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Do you love London? Me too! Being a fan of the tale that is Harry Potter since I was six years old, it was high on my list when I moved to London to find the best Harry Potter experiences in the city.
From seeing real filming locations, to places of inspiration, there are tons of amazing Harry Potter tours in London that will transport you into the magical world and are the perfect way to have the most unforgettable afternoon in the city. Shall we?
The Best Harry Potter Tours in London
1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is one of the most sought-after Harry Potter tours in the UK, as it takes you around to visit real sets that were used while filming the movies. While on site of the ‘real’ Hogwarts, you’ll get to see everything from costumes worn and props used by the original actors in the series.
Famous locations like The Great Hall, to the Forbidden Forrest, and even the Lair of Aragog are open to explore and animatronics such as the notorious Chamber of Secrets Basilisk are also on display.
Just last summer the studio tour also opened a new permanent exhibition, ‘Professor Sprouts Greenhouse’, where you can attempt to re-pot a mandrake as part of an immersive activity.
Make sure you leave all day for this tour, as it’s a combined 7.5 hours roundtrip. The Harry Potter Studio Tour tickets start at £94, but along with the all-day exploration, return transportation (in a Harry Potter Branded double-decker bus!) to and from London is included in your purchase.
You’re also able to choose whichever pick up and drop off location in Central London is the most convenient for you, from Victoria, Baker Street, or Kings Cross. Each bus is equipped with USB charging ports too.
2. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour
The Magical London Walking Tour is an amazing choice for Harry Potter tours in London, especially if you’re searching for a more affordable option.
The tour is fully on foot (with a few journeys on the tube if you choose to take the tour with the Underground option) and leads you along to see notable locations from the movies.
Not only that, but during the tour the guides lead an interactive trivia quiz that will definitely test you on your Harry Potter knowledge.
If you are a truly dedicated fan the tour also goes off the beaten path and stops at the school Daniel Radcliffe attended in his younger years.
The live guide has options in five different languages, such as French, German, Spanish, Italian, and English — so it is great if you are looking for an audio-inclusive option.
Price wise, tickets start at £20 and children under the age of 4 free!
The meeting point is at Southwark View Point, on Minerva Square, and the tour lasts about 2.5 hours.
3. Tour for Muggles
From start to finish, The Tour for Muggles is a totally riveting experience. Their website invites you (the muggle) in to receive a tour from wizard tour guides who work tirelessly to educate us muggles on the incredible world of Harry Potter.
The tour will take you to known magical locations all over London, like Leadenhall Market, the filming spot for Diagon Alley, and others that they claim are ‘hidden in plain sight’. For an extra charge, you can also stop at the celebrated Kings Cross Station.
There are plenty of time slots each day, and up to twenty slots open on each tour. The route begins at monument station in East Central, City of London and after 2 hours, ends at London Bridge Tube station. Prices range from £15 to £17. Prices will increase during the peak season of summer depending on the size of your tour group and what date you choose.
4. Wizards London Bus Tour
The Wizards London Bus Tour is the most comprehensive Harry Potter Tour in Central London, with stops at filming locations from all eight movies and sites from the Magical Beasts spinoff series.
You’ll get to check out the exterior inspiration of Gringotts Bank and be taken on the same route where the Knight Bus from The Prisoner of Azkaban famously squeezed between two normal red double-decker London buses!
The tour runs on Wednesdays, Saturday, and Sunday with ticket prices starting at £21 for children and £32.50 for anyone aged 16 and up.
If you are planning to go with a bunch of people, it’s worth looking into their price discount deal where with any group of 10 or more, the tickets are £24 per person. Or if you’re using this tour for a smaller occasion of 1-5 people, they have an option where you can view the route in a fancy London Black Cab from £299.
The tour begins at the St. Pancras Hotel Car Park and after a 3-hour jaunt around London, ends at Kings Cross Station.
5. London: The Wizard Walk Guided Tour
The Wizard Walk Guided Tour is another great affordable option, that won’t have you missing out on any of the witchcraft and wizardry hidden throughout London.
Be guided through central by knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guides who will curate the most exciting experience for you.
There’s en-route trivia games and even a stop at the House of Spells, where you can purchase specialised souvenirs.
Although the live guide option is only offered in English, you can opt for the audio option which is offered in 6 languages.
Tickets to this tour also give you access to the Vox City App which allows you to track the tour if you get lost or decide to go off on your own detour.
Tickets are only £11.92 for the 2-hour tour, and the meeting point is next to the Statue of Two Men in Hats on the 4th Plinth and opposite the entrance to The National Gallery.
6. Harry Potter Film Locations
Taking you to places like The Leaky Cauldron and the Ministry of Magic, Diagon Alley (and supposedly destroyed) Millennium Bridge, the Harry Potter Film Locations tour will have you spending the day adventuring around the mystical side of London.
Enchanted at every stop the incredible tour guide (experienced in all things Harry Potter) will be there for you to answer any burning questions about the wizarding world you might have.
The tour is 2.5 hours and offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with ticket prices being £23 for children and £28 for adults.
The group will meet at Westminster Tube station. Make sure you have your own form of contactless travel card for the portion of the journey on the tube! Any form of payment accepted on TFL services (Oyster, contactless debit or credit card, ticket, etc.) will work.
7. The Harry Potter Walking Tour with Magical Afternoon Tea
This Harry Potter Tour in London has the lovely inclusion of a Magical Afternoon Tea at the Wizards Emporium on Greek Street in London.
After a day of exploring everything from sites that were inspiried by the books to local shops that actually made paper props used in the films — you’ll get to indulge in delightful Harry Potter themed treats.
The tour starts outside the 9 3/4 shop in Kings Cross and lasts 5 hours in total. Tickets for the experience start at £100. The route also takes a few journeys on the Underground, so make sure you have a form of payment accepted on TFL services!
Bonus: Take a Self-Guided Tour
If you want to experience all the Harry Potter Magic that London has hidden in the city by your ones, or simply with a more affordable option — a self-guided Harry Potter tour is the perfect choice.
You’ll get to explore all of London’s Harry Potter filming locations of your choosing and at your own pace making sure you don’t miss a single spot.
Being self-guided, it’s fully flexible, meaning you can create your own personal guide by putting together a map of the bits you want to see, or instead, grab one of the maps already put together from one of the many other Harry Potter fans who have shared their personal best route on the web!
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