HARRY POTTER FAN MUST-SEE IN EDINBURGH
Updated: Jun 7, 2020
"There is always room for a story that can transport people to another place" J.K. Rowling
If you find yourself in this page you are a true Harry Potter fan, just like me!
So, where to start? The first time I visited Edinburgh I paid more attention to Harry Potter related places to see rather than the rest, I was so excited to see the places were J.K. Rowling was inspired and wrote her books!
Following an attentive research on this matter, this is my list of places you must visit if you are a Potterhead wandering about in Edinburgh!
1. WHERE EVERYTHING BEGAN
Start your journey where it all began! How exciting is this? As you probably know J.K. Rowling, before becoming super famous, used to go write her novels in Edinburgh's cafes, the most notable is "The Elephant House" on George IV Bridge, the "birthplace" of Harry Potter novel. It usually pretty busy as you can imagine! A less busy cafe that was previously owned by Rowling's brother in law is called "Spoon Cafe" on Nicolson Street, this is also an important place for J.K. Rowling' s novel as it has been confirmed that much of the first Harry Potter book was written there. Not very easy to spot, The Spoon Cafe is located in Drummond Street!
2. GREYFRIAR'S KIRKYARD
Greyfriar's Kirkyard is located in 26A Candlemaker Row and guess who is the most famous resident of it?
Walk around and look at the graves, you will find a name you already know!
Also know as Lord Voldemort or "He who must not be named" , the name Thomas Riddle appears on a grave, the name of this man was inspiration for one of the most evil of wizards! Well done J.K. Rowling, this is amazing!
3. VICTORIA STREET
Well we continue our journey in the magical Victoria Street, please tell me that you also feel like you are at Diagon Alley!
Heading across the Grassmarket you will find yourself in Victoria Street, you will start to day dreaming looking at the beauty of this street, it must be Diagon Alley! so why not make some Harry Potter shopping? There are many Harry Potter souvenir stores and just a little pin or something will make a great souvenir!
4. J.K. ROWLING'S HANDPRINTS?
Yes, there are J.K. Rowling's Handprints for you to see at The City Chambers, just like the Hollywood Wlk of Fame! ahahah!
The prints were produced when JK Rowling was awarded the Edinburgh Award in 2008.
5. GEORGE HERIOT'S SCHOOL
Rumor has it that this George Heriot's School, located in Lauriston Pl, was an inspiration for J.K. Rowlings Hogwarts School. The school was built in 1628, its breath-taking gothic architecture will let you imagine Hogwarts a little more specifically!
The school is rarely open to the public, but you can get a good view of it from George IV Bridge, Lauriston Place and Greyfriar's Kirkyard!
6. THE BALMORAL HOTEL
On the expensive side, the is a beautiful stay at The Balmoral Hotel (located in 1 Princes Street), the poshest hotel you can find in Edinburgh, but not only! One of their suites, specifically the Room 552, renamed "The Rowling Suite" contains her writing desk as well as a marble bust of Hermes, the Greek god of travel, signed by the author. If you book ahead you might find a good price to spend the night in this fantastic themes Harry Potter hotel room, living the ultimate Harry Potter experience!
7. HARRY POTTER APARTMENT
Edinburgh has it all! There is also an entire apartment Harry Potter themed and it's located in 265/5 Canongate, in the Old Town. The living room resembles the Gryffindor common room, and while one room takes inspiration from a Gryffindor dorm room the other one resembles a carriage of the Hogwarts Express train. I bet it is a pretty unique stay!
8. HARRY POTTER POTIONS
Visit "The Cauldron" in 57a Frederick St, Just your regular cocktail bar! Just kidding! it is a wonderful place where you will use molecular mixology to create magical drinks Harry Potter inspired, it make a great wee date night for Potterheads! Worth a visit but needs a booking!
Just about 20 mins from the city centre by car, Cramond makes a great 1 day visit. Cramond is where J.K. Rowling resides, it is a picturesque suburb of Edinburgh, with a nice harbour and fields.
10. GLENFINNAN VIADUCT and the HOGWARTS EXPRESS
Does "The Jacobite" mean anything to you?
The Jacobite Steam Train, also known as the Hogwarts Express, takes Harry Potter enthusiasts on a thrilling 84 mile round trip to the West Coast from Fort William to Mallaig.
This excursion involves passing locations where scenes from each of the eight movies were filmed, including the site of the Triwizard Tournament from “The Goblet of Fire. Let the excitement begin on the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, before hopping aboard a train from Glasgow to Fort William where your tour will commence!
To check the operating hours of The Jacobite Steam Train click here!
Tell me about your Harry Potter Tour around Edinburgh and beyond leaving a comment in the section below! I will be glad to hear how you felt wondering about this magical city!
Thank you for reading my experience and see you at the next adventure!