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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 2-hour guided tour.

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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. 

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Edinburgh: Inspirations of Harry Potter with a Warlock

3. Edinburgh: Inspirations of Harry Potter with a Warlock

J. K. Rowling is a moderately influential woman who's sold a few books. On this tour you will dive deep into her history. Learn to use failure as a springboard, be inspired, stay committed and conquer the world. Discover the sights that inspired her and the cafes which fueled her. Experience how, through her adopted daughter, Edinburgh, she once more left footprints upon the world. Enter Greyfriars Kirk-yard and the Harry Potter connections explode. You will visit the grave of "You Know Who", a possible inspiration for Hogwarts, attempt to wake Peeves, and explore some of the wizarding world's lesser known traditions and tales. You will hustle down a cobbled alley, full of dark doorways, crooked stairs and the watching eyes of shopkeeps. At the foot of Victoria Street (Edinburgh's "Diagon Alley") you'll raise your hoods and study your shoes, since Eaters of death be prowling. Explore 40% of Edinburgh's Hogwartian old town, discover fabulous gothic scenes off the Muggle-track — the brickwork of Rowling's imagination. Over the course of the tour you will learn the entire genesis of Harry Potter —  from a lightning striking on a Manchester train, to how an unhappy marriage was the birthing of the world's most beloved books, becoming a pillar of British culture and shaping a generation. Rowling said Edinburgh surely rubbed off a little on her epic saga. Come and see why, and consider what you can learn from her journey.

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What people are saying about Victoria Street

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,639 reviews

Kieran made the tour interesting, fun, he really captured everybody’s attention during a very well filled two hours. Edinburgh centre is quite small so there wasn’t very much walking involved and I felt we were getting a good overview of the centre. Definitely recommend! My 14 year old was kept interested and amused in spite of the cold wet weather

Kieran was a great tour guide. He was a big Harry Potter fan himself so knew everything inside out. Would definitely recommend a trip with him while in Edinburgh. 10/10

Crystal was a brilliant guide. So personable, knowledgable and passionate about what she does. Well worth the time and money.

Monique was amazing! The tour was so interesting and she kept us engaged and gave so much cool information

Such an insightful tour, really changed the way we viewed the city.