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Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

1. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a Harry Potter-themed walking tour across Edinburgh. See the city where JK Rowling found inspiration for Hogwarts, her famous characters, and discover the place where she wrote the books. Have your Harry Potter trivia tested with an audio-visual quiz, and earn points for your house. Find out which Hogwarts House you’re in, and whether you’re a pure-blood, a muggle, or a squib. Visit the Grave of Tom Riddle in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and pass JK Rowling’s golden handprints outside City Chambers. See all this and more on a magical guided tour.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

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. 

Edinburgh: Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

3. Edinburgh: Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

Marvel at the mysteries lurking behind Edinburgh on a walking tour focusing on the city's darker side. Visit Edinburgh Castle, Grey Friars Kirkyard, and the Old Tollbooth Prison. Let your guide thrill you with macabre, twisted tales from days gone by. Learn about witches and ghosts from the city's past and find out which ones are still lurking around today. Soak up every creaky nook and cranny while you search for signs of ghosts and ghouls on this unforgettable walking tour of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Public Walking Tour in French

4. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Public Walking Tour in French

The walking tour starts in front of the building where J.K. Rowling wrote the last words of the Harry Potter saga. The group will then explore the Old Town of Edinburgh, touching the writer's very own hand prints as you walk through the most thrilling parts of the book. You'll pass in front of a very famous café where the author was known to come to write before she became too famous. Following that, wander through the famous Victoria Street, which was so important for Harry Potter and his companions. The visit will end after exploring the most famous cemetery of Edinburgh, Greyfriars Kirkyard, which you will learn is strangely connected to Harry Potter's world.

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

5. Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

Meet your expert local guide and visit the graves of some of the lesser-known individuals buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Learn about the lecturer who taught Charles Darwin, an actor buried in full theatrical costume, and a First World War ace pilot. Uncover fascinating stories from centuries past as you wander through Edinburgh's most historic cemetery. Hear more about the mysterious Miss Cathcart. Visit the gravesite of a bestselling novelist from the 1770s. Discover burial sites that have links to contemporary popular culture, namely the Harry Potter book and film series. In addition to learning about the hidden history behind the graveyard, spot the burial places of famous individuals related to the history of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: 3-Hour Walking Tour

6. Edinburgh: 3-Hour Walking Tour

On this walking tour of Edinburgh, you will get an in-depth look at the city. Your guide will take you on a journey full of history, literature, gastronomy, and nightlife. You will learn the fascinating history and culture of the capital of Scotland. This is a fun and entertaining tour that will give you insight into this historic city and help you make plans for your stay in Edinburgh. During your walking tour, you will make stops that are off the traditional routes while ensuring that you get to see the forgotten areas of Edinburgh. This tour will take you through Old Town and its intricate alleyways to see some of its most emblematic buildings and characters. You will also get to see the New Town, the picturesque Victoria Street, Grassmarket, and the chilling cemetery of Greyfriars, to finish touring the most representative buildings of the University of Edinburgh, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world.

Edinburgh: Private Harry Potter Tour in French & English

7. Edinburgh: Private Harry Potter Tour in French & English

Take a Harry Potter guided walking tour through Edinburgh. Discover the places and stories behind the magic. Experience the parts of Edinburgh which gave JK Rowling the inspiration to write the popular Harry Potter series. Meet your guide and start your wizarding adventure. Follow in Rowling's footsteps. Learn anecdotes about the Harry Potter series and the life of the author. Let your guide reveal the hidden spots in the city that are strikingly similar to the world built in the books.

Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt Exploration Game

8. Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Edinburgh while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. See many of Edinburgh’s most famous attractions and go on a journey through some of the city’s most haunted places. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues and visit ghostly locations including Greyfriars Kirkyard, the site of the Nor’ Loch and West Bow, and sites where public executions were held. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Learn about the Scottish Witch Hunts and the Burke and Hare murders and view the hall containing a book made of William Burke’s flesh. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. Take part in a special Halloween event on October 30 featuring live actors. Wear your best costume to win a contest with prizes such as a $1000 GetYourGuide gift card, a (real) coffin, and much more.

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Walking Tour

9. Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Walking Tour

Explore Greyfriars Kirkyard, one of the most atmospheric, haunted, densely populated, and interesting burial grounds in Scotland. With your expert guide learn more about the lives of its famous and often infamous expired occupants, from the endearing and humorous to the horrifying and disturbing. Find out what inspirations J.K Rowling took from this 16th-century graveyard for her Harry Potter novels and discover the often cryptic and enigmatic meanings behind beautifully carved tombstone engravings and sculptures. Hear of the measures which were taken in an attempt to prevent grave-robbing and the consequences of this plundering. Uncover the dark stories related to the graveyard and hear more about a malevolent poltergeist who is said to still haunt Greyfriars to this day.

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What people are saying about Greyfriars Kirkyard

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,517 reviews

I had a tour with Monique and she was an amazing guide (i guess it's the Hufflepuff blood in her). Although I initially expected to see the actual filming locations, the trip around the see locations and learn factoids about places that inspired JK Rowling was a pleasant surprise as well. Great additional factoids by Monique about history of Edinburgh as well as some behind the scene Harry Potter fun facts are great as well. Highly recommend for Potterhead and more importantly Monique as a guide - for a trip like this, you need a Potterhead guide :)

Kieran was the best guide I have ever had on a tour. He engaged everyone on the tour, shared an incredible vault of Harry Potter knowledge, stopped to talk to the group in a way that everyone could hear and see. During walking time he talked with individual people and showed an interest in them. His accent is very thick but I had no trouble understanding him and I am deaf (wear hearing aids). I would highly recommend this tour for anyone. Hopefully you are lucky enough to have Kieran as your guide.

Monique is a true potter head! it was a nice tour with all the spots where JK got inspired and got the ideas of character names. her recommendations for HP merch shops were amazing.

The tour with Monique was a pleasure! We had a great time listening to all the interesting facts about the city linked to the books. Thanks a lot!

Es hat sehr viel Spass gemacht! Unsere Leiterin Monique hat das super gemacht und mit viel Liebe.