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Universal Studios

Go behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s oldest studios and give yourself a starring role in the action adventure of a lifetime!

No visit to Los Angeles would be complete without a tour of Universal Studios, one of the oldest working studios in Hollywood and home to one of America’s best-loved theme parks.

The high-tech working methods of today’s state-of-the-art studios would be unrecognisable to Carl Laemmle, Universal’s founder, who hit upon the smart idea of selling tickets to watch silent movies being made. This was the start of the studio tours which have continued in various forms ever since.

Today’s tour takes you on a narrated tram ride through one of the film industry’s most familiar backlots, the scene of movie classics and high-action blockbusters. See how the latest special effects techniques are employed to create spectacular storms and lifelike natural disasters, and learn about the real-life fires that have swept through the tinder-dry sets nine times in the studio’s history, often destroying valuable archive material in their wake.

One attraction that was seriously damaged in the latest conflagration in 2008 was the famous King Kong ride, a staple part of the Universal experience for many decades. At first it was announced that the iconic ride would not be replaced, but thanks to the popularity of Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake, the huge ape was given a reprieve. King Kong 360 3D is even bigger, better and scarier than the original, as the gentle giant battles a pack of ravenous dinosaurs on the warpath.

Other firm favourites are Jaws, Revenge of the Mummy and Jurassic Park. Young children may be frightened by some of the special effects and intense speeds used on these adult-themed rides, but they will love the Simpsons Ride, a family-friendly trip through Springfield to meet all your favourite characters.

Once the adrenalin returns to normal, head for Universal CityWalk to have a bite to eat and browse for souvenirs, or check out the concert programme in the Gibson Amphitheatre.

Universal Studios are located around 16 kilometres northwest of central Los Angeles. This popular attraction pulls in the crowds year-round, so arrive early to be first in the queue.


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Sheraton Universal Hotel £186
Sheraton Universal Hotel

Sheraton Universal Hotel

333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Universal City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal CityWalk. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 miles (5 km). Universal City Station is only a 5-minute walk.

    Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City £182
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    Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

    555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal CityWalk. Hollywood Bowl and Warner Brothers Studio are also within 3 mi (5 km). Universal City Station is 7 minutes by foot.

      The Garland £178
      The Garland

      The Garland

      4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk and CBS Studio Center. Warner Brothers Studio and NBC Studios are also within 3 miles (5 km). Universal City Station is 16 minutes by foot.

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        BLVD Hotel & Spa-Walking Distance to Universal Studios Hollywood

        10730 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Studio City, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 miles (5 km). Universal City Station is 5 minutes by foot.

          Loews Hollywood Hotel £214
          Loews Hollywood Hotel

          Loews Hollywood Hotel

          1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Hollywood Wax Museum and Hollywood and Highland Center. Dolby Theater and TCL Chinese Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Hollywood - Highland Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hollywood - Vine Station is 17 minutes.

            Nite Inn £126
            Nite Inn

            Nite Inn

            10612 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Studio City, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 miles (5 km). Universal City Station is only a 4-minute walk.

              UNIVERSAL INN £86
              UNIVERSAL INN

              UNIVERSAL INN

              10740 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Studio City, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Warner Brothers Studio and Hollywood Bowl are also within 3 miles (5 km). Universal City Station is 6 minutes by foot.

                Private Bungalow - Walk to Universal Studios, Hollywood
                Private Bungalow - Walk to Universal Studios, Hollywood

                Private Bungalow - Walk to Universal Studios, Hollywood

                Ventura and Lankershim Blvd, Studio City, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Universal Studios Hollywood™, Universal CityWalk and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Warner Brothers Studio and NBC Studios are also within 3 miles (5 km). Universal City Station is only a 5-minute walk.