To embark on a magical journey to Hogwarts in the Snow, visitors have several convenient options. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London in Leavesden, Watford, homes this enchanting winter wonder.
How to get to Hogwarts in the Snow
Watford Junction Station offers practical rail connections from many of the UK’s major cities.
From London, direct trains are available from London Euston. These will transport you to Watford Junction in less than 20 minutes.
From there, a shuttle bus service runs to the Studio Tour with a journey time of around 15 minutes.
When journeying from Birmingham New Street, direct trains are available. These will bring you to Watford Junction, with a travel time of approximately two hours.
If you're travelling from the north, such as Manchester Piccadilly or Liverpool Lime Street, you will need to change at London Euston. You can still reach Watford Junction in approximately three hours with these routes.
While Watford Junction is in close proximity to the Studio Tour, walking isn't advised. This is due to the distance and lack of footpaths. Instead, you will want to take one of the frequent shuttle buses.
If you’re considering arriving by car, the Studio Tour is well-signposted from the M1 and M25 motorways. Parking is free of charge in the car park outside the Studio Tour.
Should you prefer a more leisurely pace, coaches operate from various locations around the UK. These will deliver you right to the Studio Tour's doorstep. From Victoria Coach Station in London, for instance, the journey takes roughly one hour.
What to do at Hogwarts in the Snow
Hogwarts in the Snow transforms the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London into a winter wizarding world. Potterheads will struggle to find a more immersive experience.
The festive Great Hall, the first major set, welcomes guests with a holiday banquet that looks ready for Hogwarts students and faculty. It even comes complete with flaming Christmas puddings and Yule Ball decorations.
Take a stroll through iconic, snow-speckled sets. These include the Gryffindor Common Room, adorned with warm holiday decor, as well as the Slytherin Common Room, draped in its dark green garlands. Or, you can venture outdoors to see Hagrid’s Hut and Buckbeak in the Forbidden Forest, all wrapped in a snowy embrace.
Experience Diagon Alley like never before, as it's blanketed in pristine snow. Walk the cobblestone street, stopping at shops like Flourish & Blotts and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
Indulge in unique treats at the Backlot Café, like the Butterbeer Ice Cream. Or, shop among festive Harry Potter merchandise to take a piece of the magic home with you, from light-up Marauder's Maps to Weasley jumpers.
To ensure the best experience, book your tickets in advance. Weekdays tend to be less crowded, providing a more leisurely experience.
About Hogwarts in the Snow
Hogwarts in the Snow is a beloved winter event at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London, launched in 2013.
Every year, it transforms the iconic sets of the Harry Potter films into a festive spectacle. It offers fans a glimpse into the winter scenes of the Wizarding World.
The snow used is artificial, crafted meticulously by the same team that worked on the films. They use a blend of materials like paper and salt to create different textures, which form the crunchy underfoot frost and illuminated flurries of snow.
A highlight is the Yule Ball scene, inspired by ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. Many of the props and costumes displayed are original pieces from the film.
It's all these details that reveal Hogwarts in the Snow goes beyond a regular studio tour. It is the closest that muggles can get to a wizarding Christmas.
Ways to save on your train ticket to Hogwarts in the Snow
If you’re making a family trip of your visit, you can also book a Family Ticket to enjoy group savings. And for children under-five travelling with an adult, their tickets are completely free.
For those who regularly travel by train, investing in a Railcard could save you a third of all your fares.
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