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Golden Tours - Warner Bros. Studio - The Making of Harry Potter

How to find the Golden Tours office and how to board the Harry Potter Studio bus

Golden Tours bus Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - the Making of Harry Potter
Golden Tours Harry Potter bus: leaving from Victoria

What's it like going on a Golden Tours tour of the Harry Potter Studio?

Despite its name Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is not in London itself but located just outside London, in Watford, around an hour's journey each way.

At present, three tour companies offer a combination ticket with much sought after Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets with transfers from central London, (see menu, right) and in addition there is another tour: International Friends Warner Bros. Studio with Oxford.

The most popular tour is the Golden Tours tour; this page gives a summary of the experience with Golden Tours. We also have a separate page Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter - what to expect - which gives more detail on the Studio itself.

The Golden Tours Warner Bros. Studio Tour offer is very similar to that offered by Evan Evans and Premium Tours, except Golden Tours use a Harry Potter branded double decker bus (showing one of the Harry Potter movies) whilst the others use traditional touring coaches.

Tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

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GOLDEN TOURS WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON - THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER TOUR
FROM VICTORIA OR KINGS CROSS

WB Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter with return transportation from London Victoria or Kings Cross

Adult from £104, child 5-15 from £99

• Daily and hourly bus departures • Entrance tickets included • Pick up from Victoria or Baker Street or Kings Cross • Return branded bus transportation from London showing the first Harry Potter film with free Wi-Fi

Shuttle only tickets

If you have already purchased your Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets and are now just beginning to understand how far the Studios are from Central London you can purchase transport only tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio. Departure points are from Victoria and Baker Street in Central London.

Harry Potter branded bus Golden Tours to Harry Potter Studio

SHUTTLE DEPARTING FROM VICTORIA & BAKER STREET
- WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON - THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER

WB Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Shuttle bus transfer to Harry Potter Studios from London Victoria or Baker Street

Adult from £41, child 2-17 from £37

• Up to 10 shuttles per day • Pick up from Victoria or Baker Street. • Return luxury air-conditioned bus transportation from London with free Wi-Fi • Bus only - purchase Harry Potter Studio tickets separately

Golden Tours Harry Potter Tour - tour details

Harry Potter Studio Golden Tours bus outside Studio
Catch the Harry Potter bus to and from the Studio

The tour runs every day that Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is open, which is daily year round.

There are many departures each day with pick ups in London between 7.30am and 4pm returning to London around 7 hours later.

There are two different tours running with Golden Tours - one that departs from Victoria and Baker Street, and another that leaves from Kings Cross. Both tours can be booked using the same link above, just select the date to see which pick up slots are available.

The buses drop off at the same three points. Journey time is around one hour, depending on traffic conditions.

Where is the Golden Tours office to board the Harry Potter bus in London?

Victoria Coach Station / Railway Station Map
Map of Victoria Coach Station

Victoria

The main departure bus terminus is at the Golden Tours Office on Buckingham Palace Road, in a building just down the road from Victoria Train Station. Victoria is a major hub in central London and easy to get to.

The address to pick up the coach from is: Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH

The office is separate (across the road to) Victoria Coach Station. The outside of the building has colonnades and is unmarked with no tour operator’s details on the outside. There will often be a Golden Tours bus parked outside which is helpful in finding it.

Baker Street

The second pick-up point is at Baker Street, again a strategic location with a major Underground station very close to Madame Tussauds. This is convenient if you are staying in a hotel district close to Hyde Park, Marble Arch or the St PancrasBloomsbury area.

Kings Cross

Pancras Road, Bus Stop T, London NW1 2SD. The interactive map on Golden Tour's web page shows precisely where the bus stop is in relation to the station.

 

What facilities are there in and around the Golden Tours office in Victoria?

Golden Tours office in Victoria, London
Golden Tours office: where you queue to board

Seating

The reception area is quite large and well lit but there are no seats, except for those in the eateries surrounding the office.

Food, drink and gifts

You can use this time to grab something to eat – there are many places around to buy lunch or snacks and drinks - or maybe even purchase a gift from the London gift shop in the vicinity.

Toilets

There are no public toilets in the immediate area; you can if you wish use the loos from one of the surrounding shops, but you need to make a purchase to do this.

Wi-Fi

There is no Wi-Fi in the waiting area at the office, but there is Wi-Fi on the Golden Tours Bus.

Queuing

Check in closes fifteen minutes before advertised boarding time, but the bus does not actually depart for a further thirty minutes.

The order of queuing is the order of entry onto the bus, so if you are first in the queue you will get first choice of seat. Just before you go on the bus have your paper ticket(s) ready for checking.

You will be given an envelope with your Warner Bros. Studio Tour London tickets inside and also return tickets for your shuttle back to the bus station, and the time of meeting.

On board the Golden Tours bus to the Harry Potter studios in Watford, London

Harry Potter movie aboard top deck

The top deck is popular with everyone choosing to sit up here; from here you have a nice view of some of the sights of London and you can also see two screens, where they show one of the Harry Potter films. This is particularly useful if you have children! The film does not start playing until all passengers have been picked up from Baker Street.

Free Wi-Fi on board

There is free Wi-Fi on board the Golden Tour buses.

Toilets

There are no toilets on board the bus so it is best to go before you leave.

Food and drink

Hot food and drink is not permitted on the coach, but you can eat simple cold snacks.

The driver

The bus is not a guided bus, therefore there is a driver only. Driving to the Studio Tour, the driver does not make a commentary, so any questions are best directed beforehand to the office assistant who can advise you in the queue.

Luggage

There is no luggage storage on board the bus; at Victoria Railway Station and Coach Station there are left luggage facilities where you can pay a nominal fee and leave your cases all day until you return.

Alternatively you can leave small suitcases, coats and bags free of charge at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, in the Lobby cloakroom.

Arrival & admission to the Harry Potter studios

Cloackroom at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Information desk and cloakroom at Harry Potter Studio

The bus takes you to just a hundred metres or so from the entrance, and then you are left to walk inside independently. Upon entry you will have your bag checked and then you are free to walk inside into the lobby.

Your arrival time will allow you about twenty minutes to queue, ready for your pre-booked entry time into the Studio Tour itself.

Please note, there is a bag check before you go inside. If you need somewhere to store any small suitcases (or coats and bags) you may have, you can do this free of charge in the lobby cloakroom.

Pushchairs are also encouraged to be left here if possible due to the restricted amount of space in the Studio Tour.

Opposite the cloakroom, also in the lobby, is a digital guide desk where you can hire digital guides for the duration of your tour.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - what will I see?

We have a dedicated page detailing what to expect once inside the studios.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - full detail

Return journey to Victoria or Baker Street or Kings Cross

Harry Potter tickets and passports - Golden Tours
Harry Potter passports

After 4.5 hours, it is time to leave the Studio Tour, and make your way to your Golden Tours bus, which will be waiting just outside.

The driver will be standing outside the bus; you show your return tickets and hop on.

The entire tour takes around 7 hours including travelling time.

On your return journey you can sit back and watch the remainder of the Harry Potter movie you started on your way over, remembering where all the magic began.

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GOLDEN TOURS WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON - THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER TOUR
FROM VICTORIA OR KINGS CROSS

WB Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter with return transportation from London Victoria or Kings Cross

Adult from £104, child 5-15 from £99

• Daily and hourly bus departures • Entrance tickets included • Pick up from Victoria or Baker Street or Kings Cross • Return branded bus transportation from London showing the first Harry Potter film with free Wi-Fi

Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition in Covent Garden

Harry Potter Photography Exhibition Covent Garden
Over 10 years of film making
  • The latest Harry Potter experience arrives in London.
  • A collection of photographic memories from over 10 years of film-making.
  • Images never seen before in one place.
  • Visit London’s only bottled Butterbeer bar.
  • Housing iconic production images.
  • Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition is a must-visit for any Harry Potter fan.

The Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition is a journey through the memories of over 10 years of film-making in a display of behind-the-scenes images, never been seen before in one place. It’s the latest offering from the team at Warner Bros. and is a must-see for all Harry Potter fans. Located in London’s Covent Garden, the exhibition will house iconic production images, and take fans behind-the-scenes of key moments in the film series, from Harry’s first day at Hogwarts through to the Battle of Hogwarts.

Butterbeer is a firm favourite of many that visit Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, and the exhibition will also be home to London’s only bottled Butterbeer bar. You can enjoy Harry’s drink of choice served in a souvenir tankard at the exhibition’s Butterbeer bar or take a bottle away to enjoy at home! This exhibition is a must-visit for all Harry Potter fans.

Stonehenge, Bath, Cotswolds & Oxford 2-day tour from London

HARRY POTTER PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION - COVENT GARDEN

Harry Potter Photography Exhibition Covent Garden

Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition

Adult from £20, child 5-15 from £14

•  Entry to The Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition • Option to add on  Hop on Hop off London Bus tour 1 day or 24hrs • Option to add on River Cruise with hop-on bus ticket

Harry Potter themed tours & activities in and around London

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