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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 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: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

3. 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: Harry Potter in Edinburgh Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Edinburgh: Harry Potter in Edinburgh Self-Guided Audio Tour

Join tour create Katrina Milne, and explore the Edinburgh that inspired J.K. Rowling’s global phenomenon! We'll explore the secret alleyways of the Old Town, starting at Edinburgh Castle, then we'll wander down to “Diagon Alley” and find the gravestones of Voldemort and some other well-known characters from the Harry Potter series. We'll spot “Hogwarts School of Wizardry” along the way too, and if you like, you can stop in at the famous and not-so-famous cafes where J.K. Rowling wrote before Harry Potter became a best-seller. Our journey will include: • A fantastic view of the Edinburgh Castle from the esplanade in front of it • The Royal Mile, Old Town’s most famous street • The Writer’s Museum, a literature fan’s heaven • Victoria Street, one of Scotland's most photographed streets • The Grassmarket where you’ll hear a story of one very lucky lady from the 1700s. • Greyfriar’s Graveyard

Edinburgh City: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

5. Edinburgh City: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Download an MP3 audio guide and explore Edinburgh's famous attractions at your own pace. Begin your tour at Edinburgh Castle, a building that dates back to the 12th century. See the Scottish Crown Jewels, the magnificent St Giles' Cathedral, Mary King's Close, and walk past underground alleys with a layered history. See the Princes Street Gardens, the Royal Mile, Tolbooth Kirk, the George IV Bridge, Edinburgh City Chambers, Tron Kirk, and the Scottish Parliament Building. Drop by at Deacon Brodie's tavern and try Edinburgh's best haggis, a national delicacy immortalized in poetry by Robbie Burns (the National Bard of Scotland). 

Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

6. Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles on your smartphone as you explore some of the main tourist sights in Edinburg on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour in one. Join with friends or family and learn about the city as you go. To get started, simply download the tour app (instructions received via email after booking) and head over to the starting point at the Scott Monument. Choose to start the activity at any time. Use the map to navigate to each location as you complete challenges and pause at any time to take a break or do some sightseeing. As you explore, learn insider information about the city and attractions. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views.

Edinburgh: Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

7. 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's Amazing Harry Potter Walking Tour. Kids Free!

8. Edinburgh's Amazing Harry Potter Walking Tour. Kids Free!

Kids Free :) No need to book your children in, just bring them along You will see several beautiful Potter sights in this wonderful city and several locations that inspired JK Rowling to create the wizarding universe that we know and adore today. After we gather at Tron Kirk on The Royal Mile, the first stop of the tour is a view of the historical Waverley Train station. Trains being an iconic part of a young wizards journey. We then head to Edinburgh University Old College, and pop into the Old Town area to see a spooky graveyard & visit a shop down Victoria street which inspired Diagon Alley. We will also have great views of the famous Edinburgh Castle alongside many sights and buildings that inspired JK Rowling when she was writing each of the books including the famous cafe, The birth place of Harry Potter. This is a great tour for families & die hard fans of Harry Potter 2 hour walking tour

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.

Edinburgh: Private Harry Potter Tour in French & English

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Greyfriars Church

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,343 reviews

Claire was very easy to listen to and very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. she was especially patient with my very talkative 4 year old which was very much appreciated! Highly recommend

It was a really enjoyable experience with many fun and interesting facts. Our guide Sophia was especially excellent and made the experience all the more enjoyable.

Sophia told it in a really nice way that made it fun not only for Harry Potter fans, but also if you are not. Highly recommended!

Excellent presentation, enthusiastic guide, you really feel like a little witch for 2 hours!

It was a very complete tour and very well explained, enjoyable. Our guide, Sophie, great.