The Potter Trail Private Tour

1 hour 30 minutes
Free cancellation
2 - 15
Mobile ticket


Founded in 2012, we are the original Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh. Our guides have the most experience of any tour company in Edinburgh and we are consistently rated most highly by visitors across all platforms.

Booking a private tour with us will ensure the ultimate experience for Harry Potter fans as you'll be able to take the tour at your own pace and ask as many questions as you like!

All of guides are trained comic performers so we can guarantee they will captivate and entertain you as well as impress with their extensive knowledge.

We are also happy to customise this tour to suit you! We take on lots of bookings for hen parties and school groups and our guides are skilled at catering the tour content for any audience.

Edinburgh is as magical to us as it is to JK Rowling and we hope this passion will inspire you too!


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What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Scotland

We begin our tour in the city's historic Greyfriars Kirkyard where JK Rowling spent a lot of time while writing the books. Here we'll see several names on gravestones that inspired characters in the series including William McGonagall and Thomas Riddell.

From here we will also see two potential inspirations for Hogwarts in the form of George Heriot's School and Edinburgh Castle.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Potterrow, Edinburgh, UK

An area of the city named after Harry Potter? Surely not! See the place where she wrote much of the first book from here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland

Some small connections here to Harry Potter but also a good location to talk about the Balmoral Hotel where JK Rowling finished the series.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, UK

A cafe that promotes itself as the "Birthplace" of Harry Potter. We will explain why those inverted commas are very important...

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Victoria Street, Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1, UK

One of Edinburgh's most iconic streets, considered to be the real life Diagon Alley.

Duration: 5 minutes

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Is the tour suitable for children under 7 years old?
  • Usually we would be handing out handmade wands during these tours but that will no longer be happening. Instead visitors are encouraged to bring something they can use as a wand. This can be anything roughly wand-shaped - a pen or an umbrella will work well!
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2023

Very entertaining engaging and a great way to see parts of Edinburgh you wouldn’t probably otherwise see.

June 2022

Roison did a great job helping our younger children have fun even though they had not read the books. Our teens loved the tour!

June 2022

A very fun and informative tour. We absolutely loved it! A must have for Harry Potter fans those big and small.

Shafaet A
June 2022

My wife loves harry potter and she loved the tour. Our guide Roisin was very lively and guided us through lots of interesting places.

June 2022

Funny and packed with cool tidbits about the inspiration for Harry Potter. Anda great way to know Edinburgh. If you’re a fan you won’t regret. Tour guide was amazing. My two teenagers loved it. Me too.

June 2022

Our tour guide, Alex, was phenomenal! He perfectly embodied the spirit and excitement of the tour and was very entertaining and knowledgeable. The tour included some really interesting facts about the history and inspiration for the books, and many obscure and fun facts that we would never have l...

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