1. United Kingdom
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  3. Edinburgh
  4. Royal Mile

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Product ID: 162984
Experience the more magical side of Edinburgh on a 2-hour guided walking tour and visit the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter books.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 3:00 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Learn about the inspiration for Diagon Alley and Quidditch
  • Discover where Lord Voldemort is buried and the origins of Harry Potter
  • See the original Hogwarts School
  • Visit the cafés and hotel where J.K. Rowling wrote her books
Full description
Experience a little magic on a 2-hour walking tour of Edinburgh that is perfect for all fans of Harry Potter. Learn all the stories and secrets behind the best selling books by J.K. Rowling in the city where she wrote them.

Visit the original sites that provided the inspiration for Hogwarts and the characters who dwelled within its magical walls. Stroll along the High Street to see where Diagon Alley came to life and where Lord Voldemort is buried. See the original Hogwarts School, and look at a virtual school assembly of its characters!

Learn how Edinburgh’s own dark history of witches and wizards played a role in inspiring J.K. Rowling along the way. 
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet by the Tron Kirk, in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street. Look for the guides with the red t-shirts and red umbrellas.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children under 5 years old who are accompanied by an adult can join this tour for free
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Unfortunately, guests in wheelchairs are not advised to join the Harry Potter tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills involved. The local tour operator apologizes for any inconvenience or disappointment caused
• While the tour usually includes the sites and stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 993 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Really enjoyed the tour, lots of interesting information about JK Rowling, her life and her inspiration for the Harry Potter books. Tour guide kept a good pace, but was mindful of those who struggled with hills and took breaks along the way to chat about the city. At first he came across as though he wasn’t a Harry Potter fan at all, so we felt quite dubious at the start of the tour, but after a while he demonstrated some real knowledge of the books - not sure if that was down to genuine passion, or just learning a script, but we found it enjoyable and informative anyway!

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March 4, 2020

Myself and Louise went on the guided tour on Sunday 26th January. The tour provided a nice mix of how J.K.Rowling came to find characters within Edinburgh and a few surprising facts about J.K.Rowling herself. There were also some interesting historical facts pointed out too. 'Australian' David was very knowledgable and enthusiastic. He obviously sees the guide as more than a job. Myself and Louise got to speak to him along the way and he was a very pleasant chap.

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January 29, 2020

Really well informed guide. She had a huge array of international translations and ways to interpret meanings of the tour for all tourists. Despite us taking the tour on a cold and wet January late afternoon into evening and finishing in an absolute torrential rainstorm it was a great experience for our family. Very inclusive and attentive tour guide covered all age ranges (our 12 & 14 year old were the youngest but perhaps the most included!).

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January 26, 2020

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Sandemans New Europe - Britain

Product ID: 162984