Potions, spells, and flying broomsticks: there’s no better way to fill your inner child with magic than at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden. In fact, the Harry Potter Studio is one of the best ways to spend the day with your family — hardcore Potterheads or not.
An inside look at the whimsical wizarding world, alongside the incredible sets, props and costumes they used in the films is sure to ignite your toddler’s imagination, as well as your own!
This is definitely a full day experience, so you may want to consider booking a hotel if you don’t live nearby. The Studio is located in Watford, north London, but has excellent transport links into the centre of the city. Some of London’s most popular hotels are right around the corner, where you can rest your broom and hang up your cloak for the night.
We’ll shed some light on the best family friendly hotels near Harry Potter World, their closest amenities and travel times for families below.
- Best Family Friendly Hotels Near Harry Potter Studio Tour
- Best Western White House Hotel
- Mercure St. Albans Noke Hotel
- Southern Cross
- Two Brewers Hotel, Kings Langley
- The Grove
- Boxmoor Lodge Hotel
- Bedford Arms Hotel
- Village Hotel London Watford
- Holiday Inn London Watford Junction
- Jurys Inn London Watford
- Hilton London Watford
- Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead
- Premier Inn Kings Langley
- Aubrey Park Hotel
- Fun Things to Do at Harry Potter World
- Travel Information to Harry Potter World
- Harry Potter Studio FAQs
- Final Thoughts on Harry Potter World Hotels
Best Family Friendly Hotels Near Harry Potter Studio Tour
Best Western White House Hotel
Watford’s only townhouse hotel, the Best Western White House Hotel offers a luxurious stay just 3.4 miles from the Warner Bros Studio Tour.
With interconnecting family rooms, this hotel is optimal for families with youngsters who are travelling and want a cosy room to snuggle up in after a day of adventure.
Free parking is available onsite for a limited number of vehicles, making this the prime spot to call home for families that wish to drive themselves to Warner Brothers Studios and around central London.
- Free parking
- 1 mile from Watford Junction station
- 3.4 miles from Harry Potter World
Mercure St. Albans Noke Hotel
No day of Harry Potter exploring is complete without opening your golden egg in the hot tub. Take your pick of the indoor swimming pool or inviting hot tub to destress after a long day. Or stream your favourite Harry Potter movie using the hotel’s free WiFi.
When staying at the Mercure St. Albans Noke Hotel, 4.5 miles is all that separates hotel guests from the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour.
- Gym, pool and hot tub
- 3 miles from St Albans station
- 4.5 miles from Harry Potter World
This good value hotel atop a pub is a five-minute walk away from Watford Junction Train Station, where a shuttle will take you straight to visit Harry Potter World.
If you prefer to drive, free parking makes the stay a breeze for families, so you can ensure your child has a safe car trip with a car seat without relying on a taxi or public transport. Free WiFi also makes the stay easy because you can keep the kids entertained when you’re not busy with activities.
Your trip to the Harry Potter studios will be a quick 2.7 miles and won’t take you longer than 10 minutes.
- Free parking, 20% off food at hotel restaurant
- 0.8 miles from Watford Junction station
- 2.7 miles from Harry Potter World
Two Brewers Hotel, Kings Langley
If you’re looking to stay in a quieter area and not one of the hotels near Harry Potter World, the Two Brewers Hotel is slightly further away but still less than 20 minutes, a quick 5.6 miles away from the studio tour.
Stay in an 18th-century inn with fireplaces and stone floors set in a quaint green village. On-site dining makes this the perfect place for a family to have a decent rest after a day on their feet.
- Peaceful location, only 20 rooms, onsite pub
- 3 miles from Kings Langley station
- 5.6 miles from Harry Potter World
The Grove is one of the most luxurious family-friendly hotels in the entire UK, and helpfully it’s only down the road from the Harry Potter Studio Tour!
It’s home to a celebrated golf course, spa, multiple restaurants and bars, as well as swimming pools and a number of activities for children.
There are a plethora of room types available, including family suites and interconnecting rooms too.
- Golf, spa, swimming pools, 300 acres of gardens
- 2.1 miles from Watford Junction station
- 2.2 miles from Harry Potter World
Boxmoor Lodge Hotel
Breakfast is included in your stay at Boxmoor Lodge Hotel, so you’ll have all the energy you need to fully enjoy your day at Harry Potter Studios for your tour.
Stay in elegantly decorated rooms in a beautiful cottage-style building. Less than 8 miles away from Warner Brothers Studio, Boxmoor Lodge Hotel feels like waking up in Hogsmeade before making your way to Hogwarts and Harry Potter World for the day.
- Breakfast included, free parking
- 0.3 miles from Hemel Hempstead station
- 7.9 miles from Harry Potter World
Bedford Arms Hotel
One of the best family-friendly stays in the area, you can even take your dog along on your trip to the Bedford Arms Hotel. We recommend this as a stay for anyone with young children. London city centre is close enough for a day trip into the capital but the village of Chenies is a charming place to stay on its own merits.
Bedford Arms is 7.4 miles from Warner Bros. Set away from the bustle of the city on the border between Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, this hotel is a haven for travellers. With traditional furnishing and striking decor, guests have the choice of a modern, classic or family bedroom.
- 2 bars and a restaurant on site, free parking
- 2 miles from Chalfont and Latimer station
- 7.4 miles from Harry Potter World
Village Hotel London Watford
The Village Hotel London Watford is an incredibly family-friendly facility that welcomes groups and individual families alike. Only 5.5 miles from Watford Junction Station, the hotel is conveniently located close to public transport and only 7.1 miles from the Harry Potter Studios.
If you don’t want to worry about parking or directions to the studio, shuttle buses from Watford Junction will take you straight to Harry Potter World and home again!
An onsite restaurant, as well as a gym with a pool, make the Village Hotel the first choice for many travellers. Rooms are equipped with TVs and high-speed WiFi, and the hotel offers free onsite parking and a spa for optimal convenience for guests.
- Pool, restaurants, gym
- 2.1 miles from Elstree & Borehamwood station
- 7.1 miles from Harry Potter World
Holiday Inn London Watford Junction
If you’re looking for convenience and quality, the Holiday Inn London Watford Junction is one of the best options available. Stay in stylish rooms when you’re not exploring the nearby Watford shopping center or central London. Just a four-minute walk away from Watford Junction Train Station, public transport is on your doorstep.
With family-friendly rooms and superfast WiFi, the stay is comfortable for all, and the best part is that kids eat free! Another reason why this is an excellent choice for those looking for a budget hotel.
Warner Brothers Harry Potter World is only 2.9 miles away, so the Holiday Inn is a very convenient option for visitors.
- Fitness centre, Starbuck’s coffee, breakfast and parking available
- 0.2 miles from Watford Junction station
- 2.9 miles from Harry Potter World
Jurys Inn London Watford
Situated on the same road as Watford Junction Railway Station, Jurys Inn is a ten-minute walk from the station, so getting around and heading to your Harry Potter World Studio Tour is easy and convenient.
Beyond the studio tour, London is a short train ride away from Jurys Inn, where families can experience this famous city with ease.
The Jurys Inn hotel features a seasonal restaurant, all day coffee bar, and free WiFi throughout the hotel.
The Jurys Inn is only 3.5 miles from the Warner Bros studio tour if you’re set on driving yourself in for the day.
- Restaurant and bar, laundry services
- 0.4 miles from Watford Junction station
- 3.5 miles from Harry Potter World
The Hilton London Watford has family rooms that can sleep four people and an onsite restaurant that is an attraction in itself. Only 3.6 miles away from the Harry Potter World studio tour and 2 miles to Watford Junction train station, this centrally located hotel is great for families and solo travellers.
The Hilton even has pet-friendly rooms for anyone who wants to take their furry companion with them on their adventures. This is one of the closest and surprisingly best value stays near Harry Potter World.
- Free parking, gym, restaurant and bar
- 2 miles from Watford Junction station
- 3.6 miles from Harry Potter World
Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead
Perfectly located for families who want to go to Warner Bros studios, this family-and-pet-friendly hotel is one of the best Holiday Inn hotels near Harry Potter World.
The hotel has a swimming pool on-site and comes with an included buffet breakfast every morning. Children under 13 years old eat free in the restaurant at the Holiday Inn, making this a first choice for parents with younger children.
A short car ride, only 5 miles, will take the family straight to Harry Potter World for the studio tour.
- Breakfast included, bar and restaurant
- 0.1 miles from Apsley station
- 5 miles from Harry Potter World
Premier Inn Kings Langley
Hungry kiddies in the morning? Well, excellent news, because the Premier Inn Kings Langley offers free breakfast for children. And, with free parking, driving yourself the 3.9 miles to the Harry Potter Studio World Tour is easy.
The rooms at the Premier Inn can be changed and adapted according to the number of guests staying, especially in the family rooms. The Premier Inn is widely regarded as one of the best family hotels near Harry Potter World.
- Free parking, breakfast available
- 1 mile from Kings Langley station
- 3.9 miles from Harry Potter World
Aubrey Park Hotel
Explore the 6-acre meadow at the Aubrey Park Hotel, only 8.7 miles from Harry Potter World. Surrounded by nature, you’ll be able to escape city life and enjoy natural tranquillity. Dogs are welcome at the Aubrey Park Hotel, so you can take your four-legged companion on your adventures with you.
Suites at the Aubrey Park Hotel can sleep up to four people. A gym on-site, as well as a restaurant, will make convincing yourself to get up and leave the hotel a difficult task. Perhaps the only thing that will truly get you out of bed is the excitement of visiting Harry Potter World.
- Free parking, cocktail bar, brasserie restaurant
- 4.3 miles from Harpenden station
- 8.7 miles from Harry Potter World
Fun Things to Do at Harry Potter World
For fans of the franchise and muggles alike, the Harry Potter World studio tour near London is one of the most enchanting experiences imaginable.
The Great Hall
Enjoy a Christmas Eve feast in the Great Hall, where the original costumes from the teachers in the film watch over the rows of tables, making sure the students don’t get too rowdy during meal times.
See your House score in the House Points Counter at the back of the hall, as well as the iconic lectern at the front of the hall, and the teacher’s table.
One of the main attractions of the entire tour, Diagon Alley entices visitors into the very first look of the wizarding world from the films.
Get your wand at Ollivander’s and make sure you have your textbooks for the year ahead at Flourish and Blotts, or get your puking pastilles at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to prank your fellow Potterheads.
As you take your first steps into the wizarding world, see the train that transported Harry into his magical home for the next seven years. See the Hogwarts Express, the filming location of the very first and last scenes shot for the entire franchise, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Potions classes and the headmaster’s office give visitors a first-hand experience of a day in the life of a Hogwarts student. Meet some of the most loved and feared characters of the film, Buckbeak and Aragog, or explore the Forbidden Forest. The studio tour truly is a marvel for every visitor.
Travel Information to Harry Potter World
Watford Junction is the nearest train station to Harry Potter World, from which a shuttle bus goes directly from the station to the studio. No need to worry about driving under the influence of butterbeer!
Some tour companies offer buses from central London to the Warner Bros studio tour. The shuttle bus offered by Warner Bros makes the journey so simple that there’s little need to make any arrangements beyond the train ticket to Watford Junction.
Many tourists find the bus routes around the Watford area easy to navigate, making the hotels near Harry Potter World extremely accessible for the studio tour. It’s also very well connected with central London on both the tube and mainline.
Harry Potter Studio FAQs
Does Harry Potter World have accommodation?
There is no accommodation at Harry Potter World, but there are plenty of hotels and inns in the surrounding areas. Just see our list above!
How long do you spend at Harry Potter World?
You could complete the tour in three hours, however, most guests stay longer and stick around for up to 6 hours to uncover all the magical secrets.
Final Thoughts on Harry Potter World Hotels
There are a huge number of hotels near Harry Potter World to choose from, but the ones we’ve picked above are definitely your best bet if you’re travelling with kids and looking for family-friendly accommodation.
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