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Family Hotels near the Harry Potter Studios (Warner Bros Studio Tour)

If you are wondering where should I stay when visiting Harry Potter London?, then this guide to family hotels near the Harry Potter Studios (Warner Bros Studio Tour) will help. Most importantly, the studio is not actually in London, but near Watford, which is a train journey out of central London. If you are staying in central London, it is still very easy to reach the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Simply leave London Euston station for Watford Junction station. Then pick up the shuttle bus direct to the studios. The entire journey will take about 35 minutes in travelling time with the train journey taking 20 minutes and the shuttle bus 15 minutes but obviously will be slightly longer with connections.

Buses run at least every 30 minutes from 9.20am (with additional services available from 8.15am when the first tour is at 9am). Please note, the last return Shuttle Bus back to Watford Junction will depart the Studio Tour when the Tour closes.

However, if you wish to stay even closer to the Harry Potter studios, here are some alternative options which are also family friendly, some with indoor swimming pools. With these hotels, the best and quickest way to reach the tour is via taxi or self drive – all under 15 minutes drive away, but if you need public transport, details are also listed below. They are listed in order of distance from the Warner Bros Studio Tour, with number one being the closest by car or taxi.

If you wish to carry on exploring all the UK has to offer on Harry Potter and the Wizarding World, you may also find this post on Harry Potter themed places to stay in the UK and Ireland useful too!

Harry Potter Studio (Warner Bros Studio Tour)
Harry Potter Studio (Warner Bros Studio Tour)

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Family Hotels near the Harry Potter Studio (Warner Bros Studio Tour)

1. Mercure London North Watford Hunton Park

Location: Essex Lane, Watford, Hunton Bridge, Kings Langley, WD4 8PN

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 0.4 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

Taxi (4m) / Drive

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Cheslyn House & Gardens 
    • Taxi (4m) / Walk (38m)
  2. Cassiobury Park
    • Taxi (9m) / Walk (1hr)
  3. Langleybury War Memorial
    • 1km
    • Taxi / Walk
  4. St Paul’s Langleybury
    • Walk  (16m)

HOTEL AMENITIES

  • The Huntsman’s Pantry & Bar
  • An indoor swimming pool
  • 24 event spaces including the beautiful Orangery and Terrace Marquee
  • WIFI/Internet Access
  • Accessibility for people with reduced mobility
  • Dry cleaning / Ironing

2. The King’s Lodge Hotel

Location: Bridge Road, Kings Langley, WD4 8RF

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 0.9 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

  1. Taxi / Drive (8m / 1.9mi) Via Old Mill Rd
  2. Bus 
    • Walk (6m) to Long Elms
    • Bus (14m) Long Elms to Studios
    • Walk (5m) Studios to Warner Bros.

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Cassiobury Park
    • Taxi / Drive (11min / 4.0miles)
    • Walk (56m)
  2. Cheslyn House & Gardens
    • Taxi / Drive (3m)
    • Walk (35m)

Hotel amenities:

  • 5 en-suite bedrooms
  • Family room with 3 beds
  • Each bedroom is individually designed and themed towards the medieval days of Charles I
  • Hunters Bar & Restaurant
  • Countryside is only 5 minutes from the hotel to enjoy a relaxing walk

3. Southern Cross

Location: 41-43 Langley Road, Watford, WD17 4PP

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 3.3 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

  1. Drive / Taxi (10m) via Courtlands Dr
  2. Public Transportation (23m)
    • Walk (7m) to Railway Bridge
    • Bus (9m) Railway Bridge to Ashfield
    • Walk (8m) Ashfield to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Cassiobury Park
    • Drive / Taxi (6m) via A412 and Cassiobury Park Ave
    • Walk (14m) via Stratford Rd
  2. Bhaktivedanta Manor – Hare Krishna Temple
    • Drive / Taxi (12m)
  3. Cheslyn House & Gardens
    • Drive / Taxi (3m)
    • Walk (20m) via Langley Rd and Nascot Wood Rd
  4. Vicarage Road Stadium
    • Drive / Taxi (9m) via A412 and A4178

Hotel amenities:

  • Kid Friendly
  • Free WIFI
  • Traditional British Pub
  • Non Smoking Hotel
  • Rooms has Flatscreen TV and Hand Dryer
  • Dog Friendly

4. Holiday Inn London Watford Junction, an IHG Hotel

Location: 65-67 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1DS

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 3.7 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

  1. Taxi / Drive (14m) via A411
  2. Public Transportation (21m)
    • Walk (4m) to West Street
    • Bus (13m) West Street to Studios
    • Walk (5m) Studios to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Cassiobury Park
    • Taxi / Drive (5m) via Cassiobury Park Ave
    • Walk (18m)
  2. Cheslyn House and Gardens
    • Taxi / Drive (8m) via Langley Rd and Nascot Wood Rd
    • Public Transportation (15m)
      • Walk (5m) to Beechen Grove North (Stop V)
      • Bus (6m) Beechen Grove North (Stop V) to Ridge Lane
      • Walk (5m) Ridge Lane to Cheslyn House & Garden
  3. The Forties Experience
    • Taxi / Drive (9m) via Clouston Ave
  4. Oxhey Park.
    • Taxi / Drive (8m) via Beechen Grove/A411
    • Public Transportation (15m)
      • Walk (4m) to Watford Junction
      • Overground (5m) towards London Euston – Watford junction to Bushey
      • Walk (5m) Bushey to Oxhey Park

Hotel amenities:

  • Bright, family-friendly rooms
  • All Day Dining menu
  • Kids stay and eat free
  • Entertainment & Recreation – 24-hour Lounge
  • On-site Children’s Activities
  • On-Site Business Center
  • Complimentary Fitness Center
  • Free High-Speed Internet
  • Guide Dogs Allowed

5. Jurys Inn London Watford

Location: 31 – 35 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JA

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 4.2 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

  1. Taxi/Drive (3.4mi) Via Langley Rd
  2. Public Transport 
    • Bus (15m) Watford Clarendon Road, Stop S → Ashfields
    • Walk (8m / 600meters) Ashfields to Warner Bros.

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Cassiobury Park
    • Taxi / Drive (8m) Via A412 and Cassiobury Park Ave
    • Public Transport Services 
      • Walk (2m) to St John’s Road
      • Bus (10m) St John’s Road → Watford Metropolitan Station
      • Walk (14m) Watford Metropolitan Station → Cassiobury Park
  2. Cheslyn House & Gardens
    • Taxi / Drive (7m) via Langley Rd and Nascot Wood Rd
    • Public Transport Services
      • Bus (12m) Watford Clarendon Road, Stop S → Chilcott Road
      • Walk (8m) Chilcott Road → Cheslyn House & Gardens
  3. Watford Museum
    • Taxi / Drive (8m) Via Stephenson  Way/A4008
    • Public Transportation Services
      • Walk (2m) to St John’s Road
      • Bus (9m) St John’s Road → Watford High Street Railway Station (Stop B)
      • Walk (1m) Watford High Street Railway Station (Stop B) → Watford Museum
  4. Rickmansworth Aquadrome
    • Taxi / Drive (16m) via A4145
  5. Aldenham Country Park
    • Taxi / Drive (16m) via N Western Ave/A41

Hotel amenities:

  • Stylish Bar menu available all day
  • Room service available
  • All Day Costa Coffee Bar
  • Seasonal Restaurant menu from 6pm
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi throughout the hotel
  • Spacious room for up to 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children sharing
  • Flat screen TV with Freeview
  • Tea and coffee refreshment dock
  • Spacious bathroom with complimentary toiletries
  • Selection of pillows available for your comfort
  • Rooms available for guests with reduced mobility

6. Best Western White House Hotel

Location: 27-31 Upton Road, Watford, WD18 0JF

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 4.2 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

  1. Drive / Taxi (12m) via A411
  2. Public Transportation
    • Walk (6m) to Market Street (Stop H)
    • Bus (25) Market Street (Stop H) towards Abbots Langley and Studios
    • Walk (5m) to Warner Bros. Studios Tour London

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Cassiobury Park
    • Drive / Taxi  (4m) via Cassiobury Park Ave
    • Walk  (10m) via Central Ave
  2. Bhaktivedanta Manor – Hare Krishna
    • Drive / Taxi (10m) via Stephenson Way/A4008
  3. Cheslyn House & Garden
    • Drive / Taxi (6m) via Langley Rd and Nascot Wood Rd
    • Public Transportation (14m)
      • Walk (2m) to Exchange Road (Stop L)
      • Bus (8m) Exchange Road (Stop L) to Ridge Lane
      • Walk (5m) Ridge Lane to Cheslyn House & Gardens
  4. The Forties Experience
    • Drive / Taxi (8m) via Bushey Hall Rd
    • Bike  (11m) via Bushey Hall Rd

Hotel amenities:

  • Free parking available onsite
  • Free WIFI available throughout the hotel
  • Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Lift to all floors
  • Pets not accepted
  • Guide and hearing dogs only

7. Mercure St. Albans Noke Hotel

Location: Watford Road, Saint Albans, AL2 3DS

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 4.9 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

  1. Drive / Taxi (13m) via A405 is the quickest and easiest if not then:
  2. Public Transportation (37m)
    • Walk (3m) to Long Fallow
    • Bus (19m) Long Fallow to Watford Junction
    • Shuttle (15m) to Studio via Mullany’s Coach (operates 7 days a week)

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. The Cathedral & Abbey Church of Saint Alban
    • Drive / Taxi (9m) via N Orbital Rd/A405
    • Public Transportation (21m)
      • Walk (3m) to Lye Lane
      • Bus (15m) Lye Lane to Abbey
      • Walk (4m) to The Cathedral & Abbey Church of Saint Alban
  2. Verulamium Park
    • Drive / Taxi (10m) via Watford Rd/B4630
  3. Heartwood Forest
    • Drive / Taxi (17m) via Watford Rd/B4630
  4. Verulamium Museum
    • Drive / Taxi (9m) via Watford Rd/B4630
    • Public Transportation (31m)
      • Walk (3m) to Lye Lane
      • Bus (13m) Lye Lane to St Albans Abbey Railway Station (Stop B)
      • Walk (17m) to Verulamium Museum

Hotel amenities:

  • Indoor heated pool
  • Fitness centre
  • 2 Bars and 2 Restaurants
  • Wheelchair Accessible Hotel
  • Wifi
  • Dry Cleaning/Ironing
  • Air Conditioned
  • 100% non-smoking hotel

8. Hilton London Watford

Location: Elton Way, Watford, WD25 8HA

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 5.1 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

  1. Taxi / Drive (14m) via N Western Ave/A41
  2. Public Transportation (1hr 9m)
    • Walk (4m) to Park Avenue
    • Bus (29m) Park Avenue (602 towards Watford) to King Street (Stop T)
    • Bus (31m) King Street (Stop T) (8 towards Abbots Langley) to Studios
    • Walk (5m) Studios to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Escape Hunt Watford
    • Taxi / Drive (10m) via Stephenson Way/A4008
  2. Cheslyn House & Gardens
    • Taxi / Drive (14m) via N Western Ave/A41
  3. Bentley Priory Museum
    • Taxi / Drive (12m) via N Western Ave/A41
  4. Cassiobury Park
    • Taxi / Drive (15m) via Stephenson Way/A4008
  5. Aldenham Country Park
    • Taxi / Drive (12m) via N Western Ave/A41 
  6. Bushey Rose Garden
    • Taxi / Drive (8m) via Elton Way/N Western Ave/ 41 and Coldharbour Ln

Hotel amenities:

  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Digital Key
  • On-site restaurants
  • Fitness center
  • Pet-friendly rooms
  • Room Service

9. Two Brewers Hotel by Greene King Inns

Location: The Common, Kings Langley, WD4 9BS

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 5.1 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

Drive / Taxi (15m) via Bucks hill

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. St Paul’s Church, Chipperfield
    • Walk (2m)
  2. The Plough
    • Walk (15m)

Hotel amenities:

  • Car Park
  • Free WiFi
  • Easy Check-Out
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Superior Rooms
  • Meeting Facilities

10. Shendish Manor Hotel

Location: London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0AA

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 5.2 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

Drive / Taxi (15m) via A4251

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. The Snow Centre
    • Taxi / Drive (8m) via London Rd
    • Public Transportation (34m)
      • Walk (11m) to Doolittle Meadows
      • Bus (4m) Doolittle Meadows to Durrants Hill Road
      • Walk (18m) Durrants Hill Road to The Snow Centre
  2. Frogmore Paper Mill – The Paper Trail
    • Taxi / Drive (5m) via London Rd
    • Walk  (21m) via London Rd
  3. Apsley
    • Taxi / Drive (5m) via London Rd
    • Walk  ( 21m) via Weymouth St.

Hotel amenities:

  • Free parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Taxi Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Golf Course
  • Breakfast in Rooms
  • Laundry Service

11. Holiday Inn Express Hemel Hempstead, an IHG Hotel

Location: Stationers Place, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9RH

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 5.3 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

Drive/Taxi (17m) Via A4251 and Aerodrom Way

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Whipsnade Wild Animal Park & Zoo 
    • Taxi / Drive (25m) via B440
  2. St Albans
    • Taxi / Drive (19m) via Hemel Hempstead Rd/A4147
  3. The Snow Centre
    • Taxi / Drive (5m) Via London Rd/A251 and St Albans Hill
    • Public Transportation (19m)
      • Walk (15m) to Belswains Lane
      • Bus (2m) Belswains Lane to Leys Road
      • Walk (2m) Leys Road to The Snow Centre

Hotel amenities:

  • Free Wifi
  • Free Breakfast
  • Open to Pets
  • Complimentary Self Parking Available
  • Smoke-Free Facility
  • Connecting Rooms Available

12. Mercure London Watford Hotel

Location: A41 Watford Bypass, Watford, WD25 8JH

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 6.3 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

Drive / Taxi (15m) via N Western Ave/A41

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Aldenham Country Park
    • Drive / Taxi (8m) via Tylers/N Western Ave/A41 and Dagger Ln
    • Walk (40m) via Tylers Way/N Western Ave/A41
  2. intu Watford
    • Drive / Taxi (8m) via N Western Ave/A41 and Stephenson Way/A4008
    • Public Transportation (28m) 
      • Walk (11m) to Middle Furlong
      • Bus (16m) Middle Furlong to King Street (Stop T)
      • Walk (1m) to atria Watford, 201 The Harlequin
  3. Topgolf Watford
    • Drive / Taxi (6m) via N Western Ave/A41 and Berry Grove Ln
    • Walk (39m) via Elton Way/N Western Ave/A41 and Berry Grove Ln
  4. Lost Jungle London
    • Drive / Taxi (6m) via Tylers Way/N Western Ave/A41 and Edgware Way/Watford By-Pass/A41

Hotel amenities:

  • In-Room Dining Menu
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Complimentary High-Speed WiFi
  • Privilege rooms offer a Nespresso coffee machine, robe and slippers

13. Boxmoor Lodge Hotel

Location: London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RA

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 7.6 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

Drive / Taxi (16m) via A41

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Jungle Mania
    • Walk (8m)
  2. Swan Antiques
    • Walk (1m) via London Rd
  3. St John’s the Evangelist
    • Drive / Taxi (16m) via London Rd/A4251
  4. Boxmoor Trust
    • Walk (9m) via London Rd/A4251

Hotel amenities:

  • 24 comfortable rooms
  • A continental breakfast
  • Free wifi
  • Child-friendly
  • Pets allowed
  • Restaurant

14. Bedford Arms Hotel

Location: Chenies, Rickmansworth, WD3 6EQ

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 7.8 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

Drive /Taxi (25m) via Bucks Hill

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Amersham Memorial Gardens
    • Drive / Taxi (13m) via A404
    • Public Transportation (31m)
      • Walk (7m) to Garden Centre
      • Bus (20m) Garden Centre to Gore Hill (Stop F)
      • Walk (4m) to Amersham War Memorial
  2. Cheslyn House & Gardens
    • Drive / Taxi (20m) via M25
  3. Fired Works
    • Drive / Taxi (16m) via A413
  4. Chiltern Open Air Museum
    • Drive / Taxi (13m) via Lodge Ln

Hotel amenities:

  • Banquet room
  • Baggage storage
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Laundry service
  • Meeting rooms
  • Newspaper
  • Coffee / tea maker

15. Village Hotel London Watford

Location: Centennial Avenue, Centennial Park, Elstree, WD6 3SB

Distance from Harry Potter Studio: 9.7 km from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

How to get there from Harry Potter Studio?

  1. Line 342 bus, Line 142 bus, Line 500 bus
    • Walk (2m / 130meters)  – Village Hotel London Watford, Elstree → Elstree, Village Hotel Bus Stop 
    • Bus (9m by bus every 30m) – Elstree, Village Hotel → Stanmore Station
    • Bus (27m by bus every 15m) – Stanmore Station → Watford, St Mary’s Road
    • Change / Transfer
    • Bus (10m by bus every 1H) – Watford, High Street → North Watford, Russell Lane
    • Walk (17m / 1.4km) – North Watford, Russell Lane → Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
  2. Taxi
    • Taxi (9m / 11km) Village Hotel London Watford, Elstree → Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
  3. Drive 
    • Drive (9m/11km) Village Hotel London Watford, Elstree → Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Nearby Places and how to get there:

  1. Bentley Priory Museum
    • 2.2 km
    • Taxi (10m) / Bus (1h 6m) / Subway (59m)
  2. Aldenham Country Park
    • 2.5 km
    • Bus (1h 3m) / Taxi (10m)
  3. Lost Jungle London
    • 1.9km
    • Bus (10 m) / Taxi (2m) / Walk (24m)

Hotel amenities:

  • Breakfast is served Mon-Fri 6.30am – 9.30am
  • Breakfast is served Sat & Sun 7.30am – 10.30am
  • Big pool and state of the art gym
  • Dining and Sport at the Pub & Grill
  • Parking is free for up to 4 hours, then £5 per day thereafter between Monday to Friday.
  • Parking is complimentary after 5pm on Fridays. Charges then apply from 3pm on Sunday

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