JK Rowling chose Edinburgh as her home, and went to some effort to write each day in our old town. Do something uniquely Edinburgh, come walk in her footsteps. Learn how Edina shaped Harry Potter and how she has shaped us. And get Sorted..
JK Rowling is the most influential woman on the planet; she chose Edinburgh as her home. On these tours, we dive deep into her history. Learn to use failure as a springboard, be inspired, stay committed, defeat your self critic and conquer hearts.
Discover the sights that inspired her and the cafes which fueled her. Experience how, through her adopted daughter, Edina once more left footprints upon the world.
Halfway round the tour we enter Greyfriars Kirkyard and the Harry Potter connections explode. We visit the Dark Lord's grave, a possible inspiration for Hogwarts, attempt to wake Peeves and explore some of the wizarding world’s lesser known tales & traditions.
We’ll hustle down a passable Knockturn Alley, full of dark doorways, crooked stairs and the watching eyes of shopkeeps. At the foot of 'Edinburgh's Diagon Alley’, we’ll reach our prize. Overlangshaw farmhouse, also known as Florean Fortescue's Scottish Ice Cream parlour.
Live Rowling's struggle and triumph and bask in the best of Sir Walter Scott's "yon Empress of the North".
The complete Potter, a 3 hour tour with everything in the old town.
for those who are really excited about Edinburgh being the primary birth place for Harry Potter.
Perhaps ask: Have you read any of the books? How many times have you watched the movies? Have you read any of JK Rowling's Tweets?
Climbs up a breath-taking number of stairs:
Grassmarket -> Victoria Terrace -> Johnston Terrace -> Castle Wynd North steps -> Castle Esplanade. Difficult for the mobility impaired.
Starting opposite the Balmoral Hotel by the statue of the Duke of Wellington on his horse. Presently private bookings only. Phone or email.
Rowling's Edina, 2.5 hours. About the cost of an Imax ticket, I've eaten too many chocolate frogs.
Takes in more stories than the For-tips tour, more fun fantastic beasts stories and JK Rowling's time in Portugal and Manchester and the contributions these made to the Harry Potter world. If JK Rowling is the role model for somebody this might be for them.
At the time of writing it starts outside the entrance to the museum on the mound. But check the website.
A 110 minutes to 120 minutes For Tips Tour
Starts outside the National Museum of Scotland, besides the statue of William Chambers. Just outside their cafe.
Best choice for people with weaker English.
What would you see on the for-tips tour?
What are they about?
The prepaid tours include more fabulous sights, Edinburgh is 'the Athens of the North'. They includes more stories about JK Rowling such as:
3 hours is meal-2-meal. At the end of the tour people won't have to think 'what do I do now?' But 'where should we eat?'.
The Potter Tour vs. The Potter Trail