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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 on 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. We never cancel; tours run rain, hail or shine.


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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The Edinburgh Harry Potter Tour starts on 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close

  • 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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Next departure in English : Thursday 30th May 20243:30 PM
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What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • 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
  • Unfortunately, we 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 caused
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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