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Edinburgh's Original Harry Potter Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Richard

90 mins
Up to 9 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

After learning a spell or two, we start our tour in Edinburgh's historic Greyfriars Kirkyard where JK Rowling found several names for characters in the books. You'll learn who the world's worst poet was and which Hogwarts character is named after him as well as visiting the grave of Lord Voldemort himself.

From here we'll also talk about two buildings that helped to inspire Hogwarts and of course give one lucky member of the group the chance to be sorted!

From Greyfriars we'll take you out into the streets, past the suspiciously named Potterrow and on to three locations where JK Rowling wrote. We'll track her escalation of wealth from relying on free coffees from her brother-in-law in the Nicolson Cafe to trashing the most expensive hotel in the city, via the famous Elephant House.

We conclude our tour on the real life Diagon Alley, better known by muggles as Victoria Street.

This tour is highly interactive with a house point competition along the way and plenty of opportunities to ask our expert guides whatever you like.

We are the original, biggest and highest-rated Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh. Consistently ranked in the Top 5 Edinburgh Tours on TripAdvisor, featured in The Times, PBS and BBC Scotland, with nearly a decade's experience behind us - you will not be disappointed!
After learning a spell or two, we start our tour in Edinburgh's historic Greyfriars Kirkyard where JK Rowling found several names for characters in the books. You'll learn who the world's worst poet was and which Hogwarts character is named after him as well as visiting the grave of Lord Voldemort himself.

From here we'll also talk about two buildings that helped to inspire Hogwarts and of course give one lucky member of the group the…

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Meet your host, Richard

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Hello Harry Potter fanatics! My name is Richard and I run Edinburgh's original Harry Potter walking tours, The Potter Trail. Accept no imitations!

With over 8 years experience and thousands of happy muggles in our wake, my guides Becky, Will, Gemma, Charlotte, Charlie, Sam and Alex are the most highly qualified Harry Potter tour guides in Edinburgh.

Our tours are consistently in the top 5 activities in Edinburgh on TripAdvisor and have been featured everywhere from The Times to PBS.

Our group was originally formed out of Edinburgh University's Comedy Society in 2012 so all of our guides are also trained comic performers. We can guarantee they will captivate and entertain you as well as impress with their extensive knowledge.

Edinburgh is as magical to us as it is to JK Rowling and we hope this passion will inspire you too!
Hello Harry Potter fanatics! My name is Richard and I run Edinburgh's original Harry Potter walking tours, The Potter Trail. Accept no imitations!

With over 8 years experience and thousands of happy muggles in our wake, my guides Becky, Will, Gemma, Charlotte, Charlie, Sam and Alex are the most highly qualified Harry Potter tour guides in Edinburgh.

Our tours are consistently in the top 5 activities in Edinburgh on TripAdvisor and have been featured everywhere from The Time…
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Where you'll be

We start in Greyfriars Kirkyard where JK Rowling collected many character names. From here you'll get excellent views of both George Heriots School and Edinburgh Castle, both considered large influences on Hogwarts.

We'll then visit three JK Rowling writing locations in the form of Spoon, the Elephant House and Balmoral Hotel before finishing on Victoria Street, better known as the real life Diagon Alley.

Rated 4.80 out of 5 from 15 reviews.

Steven
September 2020
Amazing tour, Gemma really engaged with us and made us feel welcomed. She really knew her stuff and made it funny and informative! Would definitely recommend
Donnelly
August 2020
Fantastic your! This was a real highlight of my trip to Edinburgh. Richard was friendly, very knowledgeable and brought the tour to life!
Dani
August 2020
Charlie was our tour guide for the Harry Potter tour! He knew lots and shared lots of local knowledge we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to find out on our own surrounding HP and JK Rowling. Really engaging and enthusiastic. Would recommend as part of your Edinburgh experience!
Charlie was our tour guide for the Harry Potter tour! He knew lots and shared lots of local knowledge we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to find out on our own surrounding HP and…
Sarah
August 2020
The tour was great - the kids really loved it, it was the highlight of their holiday in Scotland! They are still talking about it now :-) Thank you so much!
Ellie
December 2020
Excellent guide, very funny, very engaging, would highly recommend .
Claire
October 2020
Brilliant in every way!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 9 guests ages 7 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

A good pair of shoes - preferably boots - as some parts of the graveyard where we start the tour can get quite muddy depending on recent weather.

Something that you can use as a wand. This can be something as simple as a pen or umbrella. Anything roughly wand-shaped will do!