Our most recommended Greyfriars Kirkyard Activities
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 2-hour guided tour. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience.
My daughters had a lovely time exploring Edinburgh city along with gaining knowledge about the Harry Potter tour . The guide Kieran was very interactive and made the trip worth looking forward to. Thank you.
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.
A wonderful tour by the lovely (and very knowledgeable Jenn). I booked this tour as a surprise for my daughters 9th birthday and she absolutely loved it! Would recommend - 10 out of 10!
3. Edinburgh: Haunted City Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour
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, allowi...
The whole family enjoyed the quiz. We have been to Edinburgh before but this fantastic game showed us areas and details of the City's rich history we had completely missed before! Also walked us past some areas we just had to stop at such as the Surgeons Hall which again was another interesting part of our visit. Highly recommend getting this quiz to explore the city while testing your detective skills at the same time. Thank you.
4. Edinburgh: Secrets of Old Town Walking Tour
Meet your guide, who is in costume, then set off on your adventure to discover the sinister side of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Walk in the footsteps of the city’s most prominent historical figures, and hear about the crimes they committed or the legacies they left behind. As you explore, listen to tales of villains, prisons, executions, and more. Highlights of the tour include a visit to Greyfriars Graveyard, and the opportunity to encounter the mysterious MacKenzie Poltergeist. Surviving that, move on to unveil the secrets of the infamous Royal Mile.
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What people are saying about Greyfriars Kirkyard
amazing, interactive, realistically took me back into the Harry Potter story and character experiences, great to see the sites in Edinburgh that gave inspiration to JK Rowling and the series - great tour guide and great tour - I would even take this very tour again it was fun!
Loved the trivia, the locations were also interesting. Kieran our guide was fab. For some reason I expected more Potter views.
Amazing tour with Kieran ! Good explanations, interesting and funny, I recommend without hesitation
Fun and informative the lady doing the tour was fantastic despite being new
Excellent Guide Amy was so informative Thoroughly enjoyed it