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Edinburgh Harry Potter and History Walking Tour

Join us on an all-round, interactive, 2 hour small group or private Edinburgh Harry Potter and History walking tour filled with dark tales of the city, J K Rowling’s life and Edinburgh castle viewpoints.

The tour will start at the National Library of Scotland where we will discuss the hardest period of J K Rowling’s life, how she began her venture in creating Harry Potter and what inspired her to create Diagon Alley. We will then find ourselves in the heart of the old town, where we will explore the gruesome history of public executions, find one of the most incredible viewpoints of Edinburgh Castle and navigate through the beautiful streets to arguably the most haunted graveyard in the UK, Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Set amidst the hauntingly beautiful gravestones and mausoleums we will firstly meet Greyfriars Bobby, the incredibly loyal dog who stole the hearts of the nation. Before discovering four gravestones (including the grave of Tom Riddle) which are commonly believed to have inspired J K Rowling to name characters in the Harry Potter universe. On the way out of the graveyard we revisit the realm of dark tales this time featuring the notorious Burke and Hare, and the Covenantors Prison.

Towards the end of the experience, you will visit two cafes where Jo spent her time writing the early chapters of her iconic books. Before finishing up at the City Chambers/Clam Shell depending on whether you have the courage to try the deep fried mars bar or/and haggis (recommended but not included for tours after midday)!

From £13 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

Rob Carr Tours

National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge

Key facilities

  • Pets Welcome

Tour information


  • Edinburgh - City Centre




  • Walking


  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English

Tour prices

From £13 Per Adult £13 Per Child £13 Concession

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Rob Carr Tours

Tour company information

Rob Carr Tours

Rob Carr Tours curates unforgettable Scotland experiences filled with fun, interaction, and adventure. Over the last 5 years our magical Edinburgh walking tours exploring old town history, Harry Potter and city sunsets have amassed more than 900 glowing five-star reviews on AirBnB. That’s not all, we also offer guided small group or private Scotland tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling ranging from 1 to 9 day trips. These tours showcase some of Scotland’s most incredible landscapes, history and wildlife through sightseeing or hiking/adventure tours.

Opening times

9am-8pm Monday to Friday

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