Harry Potter and Edinburgh Private Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is suitable for children as long as they are supervised by a parent.

Friendly: No.
you should be able to walk for the two hours sometimes uphill.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent)

A two hour Private walking Tour

J K Rowling has lived in Edinburgh writing Harry Potter and this tour aims to show some of the possible inspirations for characters and Locations in the books, the cafe's and hotel where they were written and where J K Rowling studied and graduated.
Was Evil Lord Voldemort, born Tom Marvolo Riddle inspired by the grave of Thomas Riddell?
Was Minerva McGonigall inspired by a memorial to Poet William Topaz McGonigall?
Could Victoria Street be Daigon Alley?
See all these and much more as we walk through some of the most historic parts of Edinburgh and learn something of local witches and wizards.


Balmoral Hotel, Nicolson's Cafe, Potter Row, McEwan Hall, Greyfriar's Church Yard, George Heriot's School, Elephant Cafe, Witches Plaque, Victoria Street
J. K. Rowling's Hand Prints, Moray House College,

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: In front of Duke of Wellington Statue opposite the Balmoral Hotel ( Where the last Harry Potter was written ).
Alternatively from city centre Hotel ( which may require additional cost depending on location).

End location: In city centre

Duration: 2 hours


Walking Tour

What’s Included

Other: A walking tour round the Old Town of Edinburgh visiting many locations which could have influenced the characters and settings for Harry Potter.The tour is best for groups up to 8 a similar tour is available for larger groups at revised cost.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 GB Pound - All attractions,shops and Restaurants accept debit and credit cards.
The suggested amount is only for incidentals.

What’s Extra

Other: You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals.


Where vehicles are used I always employ a driver.Parking restrictions require vehicles to be parked some considerable distance from most attractions, a driver can drop us off at the entrance, and collect again when visit completed.

A Recent Review of this tour

We had a fabulous time with Martin. He was so patient with us (we are a family of six with our youngest being 4 years old). Very accommodating to our different needs. Very knowledgeable and tailor made our tour to maximise the short time we had at Edinburgh. Thank you Martin!
Firdous Farouk

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