Although the FAQ on the official web page says that says that 'We estimate the average Studio Tour to last approximately three and a half hours', I spent literally 5.5 hours in the studio soaking everything in- from snapping photos of (and with) all the exhibitions to reading the descriptions and watching the short clips on the how the films were made on screen; it was truly an enjoyable day out!
To make complete use of your tour slot, I would suggest allocating an entire day for it. The closing time is 3 hours after the last time slot so if possible, book one of the earlier time slots. Only approximately 30 minutes of the tour is guided. After the guided tour, you're free to roam as you please.
It is also quite expensive to get yourself to the venue as you can only take the bus or train there (and change to bus) as it is somewhat in the middle of nowhere. If you have a Railcard, taking the train would probably be faster and also slightly cheaper. But if you don't, then taking the direct bus provided by Warner Brothers would probably be much cheaper. (Check though! Prices might have changed since I went).
Another thing I would like to point out is that Christmas would probably be the best time to visit as they would have decorated the studio with Christmasy decorations! This seasonal special makes the dayout much more worth it.
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