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Edinburgh Harry Potter Tour

Discover the magical world of Harry Potter with a walking tour in the city where J.K. Rowling wrote this masterpiece

ABOUT THE Edinburgh Harry Potter Tour

You might already know that J.K. Rowling wrote much of Harry Potter here in Edinburgh, but you might not know how much Edinburgh inspired the books. Join your expert local guide - and true Harry Potter fan - for a 2-hour walking tour through the magical world of Harry Potter.


Your Harry Potter walking tour begins outside Frankie and Benny’s at 130 High Street.


Where Harry Potter characters were born

Your expert local guide and Harry Potter aficionado will help you to discover where multiple characters came to life. See where Lord Voldemort is buried, and find the inspiration for Hogwarts Professors like McGonagall.

Find the inspiration for famous Harry Potter locations

Once you know where to look in Edinburgh, it’s easy to find where J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for Harry Potter locations came from. Spot the real-life school that gave life to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and even see the street that inspired Diagon Alley! Moreover, if you’ve joined the Edinburgh Dark Side tour, you’ll completely understand how Edinburgh’s own dark history is reflected in the magical world of Harry Potter.

Learn more about J.K. Rowling and her life in Edinburgh

As your local guide takes you to see the cafés and hotels where Rowling wrote Harry Potter, you’ll hear more about the author’s life in Edinburgh – how she was struggling to get by as a single mother, why it was easier to write in these Edinburgh locations than it was in her own house, and how Edinburgh honors her today.

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Your Edinburgh Harry Potter Tour starts in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron Kirk

  • Discover the origins of Quidditch
  • Find Lord Voldemort’s burial place
  • See the original Hogwart’s school
  • Visit the inspiration for Diagon Alley
  • Learn how so many Harry Potter characters got their names
  • Hear more about J.K. Rowling’s life in Edinburgh, and see where she wrote Harry Potter


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What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Due to the old streets and uneven terrain, accessing parts of Edinburgh by wheelchair can sometimes be challenging. We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Harry Potter Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult in order to join the tour
  • Children under 5 years old accompanied by an adult can join this tour for free
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