Edinburgh is the home of Harry Potter and there are several Harry Potter sites in the city that fans can visit. Edinburgh was the home of J.K. Rowling when she wrote the majority of the Harry Potter books. Sit in the coffee shop where she wrote the Harry Potter books. See graves and streets that influenced the names of Harry Potter characters. Find somewhere to have a magic potion drink or butterbeer. These are the Best Edinburgh Harry Potter Attractions:
The Potter Trail
There are now quite a lot of Potter Walking tours. This is the original, and the best. And what’s more, it’s FREE. Join your guide as they take you round Edinburgh’s Old Town district. Discover in which cafe J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book, take a trip down the real Diagon Alley, get yourself sorted into a house outside the school that inspired Hogwarts.
The guides are experienced, fun and above all seem to be genuine Potter fans. The tour is well paced, well timed and hits all the key Potter places, including Voldemort’s grave! Take the hassle out of seeing Potter sights, get a muggle to guide you.
Department Of Magic
The world of witchcraft and wizardry is in peril. As the last hope, it’s up to you to collect The Prophecies. The Dark Lord has scattered them throughout the Department of Magic and you must find them and use them before it is too late!
For those of us who have dreamed of being a witch or wizard, this is as close as we will come. Cloaks and wands are provided as you and your friends are sent in to try and defeat the Dark Lord. This unique take on the traditional escape room allows fans to enter into the world of magic and mystery, even if it’s just for an hour.
The Elephant House
Made famous as the place of inspiration to J.K. Rowling, who sat writing much of her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle. Grab a seat, sip a coffee and feel the inspiration wash over you. A great stop off to warm up after a walking tour, we highly recommend the toilets!
The Elephant House is almost a place of pilgrimage for Potter fans, and the toilet’s for some reason is where messages of love, support and adoration are left. Strange? Maybe they’re just keeping Moaning Myrtle company.
Magic Potions Tavern
If you are looking for something stronger than coffee, make sure you visit the Magic Potions Tavern. Butterbeers and magic potions cocktails bubble and smoke and turn the air magical!
You are given magical ingredients and special potion instructions, it’s up to you to use all your hexes and curses (not those ones!) to create a concoction to ensnare the senses or banish your enemies! Use eyeballs and unicorn blood to create The Dark Lord cocktail. Too evil for you? Then dig in the magic soil for the ingredients for Herbology 101.
Part of the Department Of Magic, Magic Potions Tavern is well worth a visit for any witch or wizard with a thirst.
Victoria Street is Edinburgh’s very own Diagon Alley, This narrow curved street certainly looks the part and is believed by many to be some to be an inspiration for the famous magical high street in the Harry Potter books. Head along to the Grassmarket, soak up the atmosphere and pick up something unique as a souvenir from this curious street.
The world of witchcraft and wizardry has gripped this street and you will find it full of shops with a Potter connection. If your looking for Potter memorabilia from your visit to Edinburgh, then this is the street to visit.
What would it be like to watch Harry Potter live? Well, in Edinburgh you can! After the day is done, settle down to an evening of Potter magic at Monkey Barrel Comedy.
Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fan fiction title. An entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot – with live musical accompaniment.
Be quick, because this is a twice monthly show and seats sell in advance.