Depart London for a magical day out on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour–The Making of Harry Potter, followed by a visit to the University of Oxford. The…
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I was interested in going to Oxford, and my college kids really wanted to go to the H.P. Studio, so this was a good fit, and by coach bus. We first went to Oxford, and had a walking tour. As we went, we learned about some history, the schools, the lifestyle, university traditions, famous people who lived in Oxford, and H.P. filming sights (unfortunately, most require an entry fee). We were given free time (about 1:15), and had lunch and went to one H.P. location. Then we drove to the WB Studio Tour, which was self-guided. We had almost 4 hours there, which was perfect for my crew. By the time we got back into London, it was about 6:30 (an 11-hour tour), and we had tickets for a musical at 7:30, so it was tight. Unfortunately, there was a group that held us up 20 minutes at the rest stop on the way into Oxford, and another that was 20 minutes late from the free time in Oxford. The guide announced the times, but probably should have clarified to each small group, since many were ESL.
This is a long day and while you can spend a whole day (or two!) at either Oxford or Harry Potter studios, there is enough time on this trip to enjoy both (being somewhat mindful of the time). We had a great tour guide in Oxford, local man who I believe studied/studies there; he gave recommendations & local flavor. Had enough time for lunch at Turf Tavern and some quick shopping. Harry Potter studio is massive and one can easily schedule a whole day for it. We had about 4 hours. I'm a massive fan and was accompanied by a casual one. We ideally would have liked about 30-45 minutes longer to not feel at all rushed but again, still plenty of time to wait in line for pictures on a broomstick, Hogwarts Express, etc if everything else is kept at a decent pace. Unfortunately, the bus does not have outlets, wifi or a bathroom. However, the driver does stop at the facilities en route. Overall, I rate this a 9/10 (slightly longer at Harry Potter maybe, upgraded bus) but would recommend!
We book d this tour because we anted to see the Warner Brothers studio and were too late to book directly through that facility. We loved the Harry Potter studios tour, and felt the three and 1/2 hours to tour that facility was adequate, although we did not do some of the interactive things available in the studio. It did give us time for a quick lunch at the cafe and tour through the facility at a reasonable pace with some gift shop time at the end. The town of Oxford was lovely, but we were there on a graduation day and a day with several other coaches, so the town was packed, and unable to get into most pubs. In addition, the tour of Oxford felt very rushed, with no time to get pictures, or to really look around while touring.
Great tour, enough time dedicated to stroll around the studio at a leisurely pace, reliving the movie moments. It also allows you to catch a ride on Hogwarts express, play the game of quidditch, enjoy the frothing butter beer with your friends, and pack a bag load of goodies and magical memories for days to come. The second part of the journey, taking onevthrough the paved paths of Oxford is refreshing and enlightening. The guide showed us all the relevant monuments in Oxford, and also allowed us to walk around on our own through the cobbled streets of the university town, enjoying the picturesque town, while while exploring it's rich cultural history. Truly, a trip to remember and be part of again!
I attended the trip with my 13 years old daughter. We both liked the trip so much. It was easy to travel with the bus and the guide, who told us Oxford's history on the way there. The bus driver was also so nice and funny! In Oxford we divided into two groups and our guide was the most fantastic lady called Debbie. She told us interesting stories about the university, studying there and of course Harry Potter connections. At the studios we had 4 hours to explore it by ourselves. I can recommend this trip to everyone, who is willing to pay a little extra for a convenient bus travelling and to know a little more about Oxford.