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AIBU to go to Harry Potter studio Tour alone?

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zoobaby Fri 21-Apr-17 19:37:34

I really want to go to the studio tour. DP is a bit "meh" about the whole franchise. Plus we have a DS (4) and DD (2), obviously too young to know anything about it, requiring attention. AIBU to go alone? Or would I be the sad Neville No-Mates?

I envisage (all excluding my fellow visitees) a leisurely stroll around, time to listen to the audio tour, time to read the signs, time to look at stuff that takes my fancy, time to browse the store in peace, time to try out the butterbeer and whatever else without a thousand tiny little distractions. Or would I hate having to ask strangers to take my photo 100 separate times in 3 hours?

PurpleDaisies Fri 21-Apr-17 19:40:30

I've been travelling alone and so done a fair few tours alone. It's really no big deal.

Sandsnake Fri 21-Apr-17 19:40:59

I actually think it will be fine. DH and I went with DS, who was about 7mo at the time. Although we were together one of us quite often was off entertaining the baby with one thing whilst the other had a proper look at something they were interested in. If you're a big HP fan then I think you'll really enjoy yourself .

AbbeyRoadCrossing Fri 21-Apr-17 19:42:11

It'd be fine. There's loads of people asking each other for photos etc.
Don't bother with the audio guide though - it had no relation to the things on display

FeelingSmurfy Fri 21-Apr-17 19:44:52

Don't buy the audio tour for first visit, far too much to look at and read, you will attempt it about twice then give up. I would use it on additional visits but we made the mistake of getting them on first visit and it was just a waste of money and something else to carry around

Going alone - wouldn't give it a second thought. May be worth putting feelers out to friends and family though, a lot of people I know have really surprised me by going, so there may be someone who would like to join you

urbanrock Fri 21-Apr-17 19:47:28

I went by myself with work. I had a lovely time. I wandered round slowly, bought a butterbeer and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Do it op. Much better than taking kids and a dh who won't appreciate it!

urbanrock Fri 21-Apr-17 19:47:38

I went by myself with work. I had a lovely time. I wandered round slowly, bought a butterbeer and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Do it op. Much better than taking kids and a dh who won't appreciate it!

PersonalClown Fri 21-Apr-17 19:51:35

Go for it. I took the anti- social child on Tuesday. Loads of people there on their own.
Sometimes I think it would be better for me to go alone as I am the HP geek of the house. ASC just wanted to go for the Hogwarts Express.

Staff and other guests are more than happy to take photos for you. Or take a selfie stick (as suggested by DP).

Oh and 3 hours?? You're having a laugh! I took me 4 hours with the ASC who didn't really want to look at everything. My first time was about 5 hours and I still didn't get to look at everything properly.
I want to go again on my own now!

TitsalinaBumSquash Fri 21-Apr-17 19:56:11

Do it! I've been twice with the family and am scheduled to go again with another family member, I'd go everyday if I could! I keep seeing them recruiting for tour guides and then I spend hours trying to rearrange life so I can take the job because if quite frankly be amazing at it!

ChippyMinton Fri 21-Apr-17 19:57:07

It will be heavenly. No distractions.

RTKangaMummy Fri 21-Apr-17 19:58:50

One of my family works there as an interactor (the guides that are all around to tell visitors about the things on show) anyway, they are always taking photos of visitors for them smilesmilesmile

do just ask the staff in beige trousers and pale blue stripped shirts smilesmilesmile

You will have a fab time by yourself and you will have time to just enjoy looking at everything without bring hurried smilesmilesmile

No one will notice you are alone anyway cos even if you went with DH you would be looking at different things anyway

Expect to be there at least 4 hours so your DH can take children to the cassiobury park so they have fun too


PurpleDaisies Fri 21-Apr-17 19:59:38

Do you have enough smiley faces RT? grin

tangerino Fri 21-Apr-17 20:02:03

Do it- it's the sort of place that no one will notice you being on your own (if that bothers you) and you'll get much more out of it if you can take your time. It's great!

R2G Fri 21-Apr-17 20:06:50

Totally fine. Loads of people alone including in the queues for the cheesy photos

Storminateapot Fri 21-Apr-17 20:07:00

Do it! I went with my children when they were much younger, there was loads I didn't look at properly because of the 'come ooooonnnn, I'm boooored' whinging. Go at your own pace, spend as long as you like. Sounds awesome to me!

watchoutformybutt Fri 21-Apr-17 20:11:19

I went on my own. Well I had my baby in a carrier but she was tiny and slept all the way around. I loved it. I went at my own pace and had a really nice day.

RTKangaMummy Fri 21-Apr-17 20:16:50

Purple smilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmile

Just messaged and found out they all wear same uniform blushblushblush

Anyway, it was confirmed that lots of people go alone, and take their time


zoobaby Fri 21-Apr-17 20:29:53

Haha. Going alone totally doesn't bother me. It's just the missed photo opportunities because there will be NO selfie stick thankyouverymuch and I defo WILL be getting on the flying broomstick unless the beige uniforms tell me otherwise. 4 or 5 hours sounds like the perfect amount of time for DP to make his way around Costco take the kids to the park too.

lucyandpoppy123 Fri 21-Apr-17 20:37:26

YANBU it's kind of like a museum - but a Harry Potter one and busy! I don't think you'd look out of place by yourself. I'd recommend the butterbeer

user1471537877 Fri 21-Apr-17 20:54:09

Do it we had a fab day, one tip we were given was to take a plastic bag with you to put your sticky butter beer tankard in after you finished it

maisiejones Fri 21-Apr-17 23:45:53

Do it. I had a lovely day at Hampton Court by myself. Could spend as long as I wanted just wandering and looking at things. Went round the Tudor bit a second time as that was the bit that really interested me. It was so nice not to have to consider anyone else and to do exactly what I wanted.

EBearhug Fri 21-Apr-17 23:48:07

I do loads of things by myself. It's much better - I can go at my own pace and focus on the things which interest me most.

strawberrygate Fri 21-Apr-17 23:51:41

well, if you're a grown up then yes, that is pretty bloody sad. if you are under 12 yo then of course yanbu

KindleBueno Fri 21-Apr-17 23:58:36

It would be a total wasted opportunity if you're a proper fan and going with kids and/or someone who's not a lover of HP.

It is totally amazing!

MadamePomfrey Sat 22-Apr-17 00:01:25

Go for it there are loads of staff around who are happy to help with photo ops as are fellow fans smile.

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