Harry Potter Studio Tour
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a tribute to the spell which this timeless character has cast over millions of people in all parts of the world. Based around the actual sets which were used when making the films, the tour is located 20 miles to the northwest of London, in Leavesden, and is close to both the M1 and the M25. Book a Harry Potter Studio Tour and hotel and, whether you’re a child, a parent or a child at heart, you’ll be able to look forward to a genuinely magical glimpse behind the scenes.
Although many London hotels are within easy travelling distance of the Harry Potter Studio Tour, it can also be reached with ease from hotels in Watford, from Hemel Hempstead hotels and from hotels in Hayes. A Harry Potter Studio Tour hotel is any which brings you close enough to the World of Harry Potter and to the chance to enjoy one of the most popular attractions in the whole of England.
The Harry Potter films were made here for more than 10 years and when the last one had finished shooting, the decision was made to preserve the sets and props which would, in normal circumstances, have been scrapped. Many of the original cast and crew returned to put the sets back together again and preserve their memories for posterity and the result was a tour which opened in March 2012, and which allows guests to gain a genuine insight into how these iconic films were made. Each tour takes three hours and uses the magic of film-making to allow guests to discover how it would look and feel to fly a broomstick over Hogwarts. Other highlights include the chance to explore the Forbidden Forest and Diagon Alley, to climb on board the Hogwarts Express and to see the original sets for locations such as Hagrid’s Hut, the Potion Classroom and Hogwarts Great Hall.
Where to stay for the Harry Potter Studio Tour
Being within 20 miles of London, the Harry Potter Studio Tour is easily reached by road, and to make the most of your experience you’ll want to stay in one of the Harry Potter Studio Tour hotels which combine proximity with comfort and value.
Watford is less than five miles away from the Harry Potter Studio Tour and, while urban in nature, is also home to green spaces such as Cassiobury Park, Cheslyn House and Gardens and Oxhey Woods, making it ideal if the kids want to let off some steam before going on the tour itself, or if you’d like to relax and unwind afterwards.
Chesham is a Buckinghamshire market town which is a little less than 6 miles away from the tour. Its pedestrianised High Street, twice-weekly local market and outdoor heated swimming pool make it a delightful place to stay in its own right, as well as being the perfect location for one of the Harry Potter Studio Tour hotels.
Different types of hotel
The number of locations from which it is possible to travel to the Harry Potter Studio Tour naturally results in there being a wide range of hotels to choose from, ranging from luxury boutique offerings to budget chains and small independent bed and breakfasts. Whether you’re staying for longer as part of an extended holiday, or just need a room for the night while you explore the Potter universe, you’re bound to be able to find a hotel which is the perfect fit.
The Mercure London Watford Hotel, on the A41 Watford bypass is a 4 star spa hotel complete with fitness centre and sauna, meaning mums and dads can pamper themselves at the same time as treating the kids to the Harry Potter experience. The De Vere Latimer Estate offers 3 star accommodation in a romantic rural setting, while the Best Western Welwyn Garden City Homestead Court Hotel is a 3 star eco-friendly hotel which promises traditional touches like free newspapers and a bellhop.
What to do during your stay in the Harry Potter Studio Tour
While you’re staying in one of the Harry Potter Studio Tour hotels you could take advantage of some of the many other attractions this part of the world has to offer. With the whole of London to choose from you could explore the 300 green and pleasant acres of Kew Gardens, marvel at the view of London you can enjoy when you’re 443 feet in the air on the London Eye or get a glimpse behind the scenes of another British icon, James Bond. The London Film Museum in Covent Garden is home to the largest collection of Bond memorabilia in the capital.
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