So for Erin's birthday I booked us tickets to go to the Warner Bros Studio Tour just outside Watford as we are both fans of the Harry Potter franchise and I thought she'd love it (Spoiler alert - she did!).
Amazingly, even though the studio tour opened over 5 years ago, the days still get fully booked far in advance! I booked two tickets for the 5th November on the 5th September and even two months in advance there were only a few tour times left between 5pm-6.30pm so we were booked on the 5pm tour.
Along with the tour you can also buy in advance souvenier programmes, digital audio guides, butter beer (drink and ice cream). For two people, with a souvenier programme and two digital audio guides is just shy of £100. This may seem a lot, but as you should hopefully see from the following post the tour is incredibly well done, they've spent a lot of time and money creating it and with a recommended tour time of 3hrs I think that is pretty good value for money! I've heard of anyone yet who have been and not enjoyed it, if that isn't a sign of how good it is, I don't know what is!
The tour is self guided, so after a quick introduction to the franchise you are introduced to the start of the tour (hint: a very large room/set) and you can walk around at your own pace. They say it should take around 3 hours but the longest time taken so far is 14 hours! If you stopped and read every little bit of text, listened to every one of the items on the audio guide and stopped to take lots of photos, I can see how you could spend many more hours there than the 3hours they say it takes!
The studio tour is made up from a collection of sets from the film, interesting facts, details on how items were filmed and things were developed. This includes such greats as Dumbledore's office, Griffindoor Commmon Room, Potions Room, The Burrow, Hogwarts Express, Ministry of Magic, Knight Bus, Privat Drive, Flying Car and Diagon Ally.
Although the whole tour is based around the Harry Potter franchise if you are interested in what goes into making films then you'd enjoy too! You get a great insight into the amount of skill, detail and planning that goes into making a film, let along 8! You'll learn secrets such as the fact that for any of the full body shots of Hagrid this wasn't Robbie Coltrane!
You can order in advance Butterbeer and Butterbeer Ice cream you can also buy it on the day. Although we wern't a fan of the drink we really liked the ice cream and I think you'd feel that you might have missed out if you don't at least give it a try?
All in all this is a highly recommended day out and both myself and Erin loved it!
Have you been or want to go, maybe you have some questions? Let me know in the comments below!