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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 guided tour.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Experience a little magic on a 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. 

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

3. Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Tour

Meet your expert local guide and visit the graves of some of the lesser-known individuals buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Learn about the lecturer who taught Charles Darwin, an actor buried in full theatrical costume, and a First World War ace pilot. Uncover fascinating stories from centuries past as you wander through Edinburgh's most historic cemetery. Hear more about the mysterious Miss Cathcart. Visit the gravesite of a bestselling novelist from the 1770s. Discover burial sites that have links to contemporary popular culture, namely the Harry Potter book and film series. In addition to learning about the hidden history behind the graveyard, spot the burial places of famous individuals related to the history of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Tour with Entry to Edinburgh Castle

4. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Tour with Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Se several beautiful Potter sights in this wonderful city and several locations that inspired JK Rowling to create the wizarding universe that we know and adore today. Meet Tron Kirk on The Royal Mile, the first stop of the tour is a view of the historical Waverley Train station. Trains are an iconic part of a young wizard's journey. Head to Edinburgh University Old College, and pop into the Old Town area to see a spooky graveyard and visit a shop down Victoria street which inspired Diagon Alley. Enjoy great views of the famous Edinburgh Castle alongside many sights and buildings that inspired JK Rowling when she was writing each of the books including the famous cafe. Following the walking tour of the city you will then head to the world-famous Edinburgh castle.

Edinburgh's Amazing Harry Potter Walking Tour. Kids Free!

5. Edinburgh's Amazing Harry Potter Walking Tour. Kids Free!

Kids Free :) No need to book your children in, just bring them along You will see several beautiful Potter sights in this wonderful city and several locations that inspired JK Rowling to create the wizarding universe that we know and adore today. After we gather at Tron Kirk on The Royal Mile, the first stop of the tour is a view of the historical Waverley Train station. Trains being an iconic part of a young wizards journey. We then head to Edinburgh University Old College, and pop into the Old Town area to see a spooky graveyard & visit a shop down Victoria street which inspired Diagon Alley. We will also have great views of the famous Edinburgh Castle alongside many sights and buildings that inspired JK Rowling when she was writing each of the books including the famous cafe, The birth place of Harry Potter. This is a great tour for families & die hard fans of Harry Potter 2 hour walking tour

Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Walking Tour

6. Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirkyard Walking Tour

Explore Greyfriars Kirkyard, one of the most atmospheric, haunted, densely populated, and interesting burial grounds in Scotland. With your expert guide learn more about the lives of its famous and often infamous expired occupants, from the endearing and humorous to the horrifying and disturbing. Find out what inspirations J.K Rowling took from this 16th-century graveyard for her Harry Potter novels and discover the often cryptic and enigmatic meanings behind beautifully carved tombstone engravings and sculptures. Hear of the measures which were taken in an attempt to prevent grave-robbing and the consequences of this plundering. Uncover the dark stories related to the graveyard and hear more about a malevolent poltergeist who is said to still haunt Greyfriars to this day.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter in Edinburgh Audio Guide

7. Edinburgh: Harry Potter in Edinburgh Audio Guide

Immerse yourself in Edinburgh's wizarding world without the expense or time constraints of a group tour with an audio guide. See the spots that inspired J.K. Rowling's global phenomenon, including the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle. Start your visit on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade, where you can take in views of the castle and surrounding streets. Continue along the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's most famous street and home to parliaments old and new, law courts, a cathedral, churches, and a vast range of cafés and pubs. Wander down to Victoria Street, one of Scotland's most photographed streets and the inspiration behind Diagon Alley. Next, head to Greyfriars Kirkyard where you can spot the grave of Tom Riddle and some other well-known characters from the Harry Potter series. Pass by the Writer's Museum, a literature fan's heaven that includes portraits, works, and personal objects from the collections of Robert Burns, Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Spot “Hogwarts School of Wizardry” along the way too, and if you like, you can stop in at the famous and not-so-famous cafes where J.K. Rowling wrote before Harry Potter became a best seller. Finish at the Grassmarket where you’ll hear a story of one very lucky lady from the 1700s. Feel free to start, pause, or restart at any time and complete your visit at your own pace. If your travel plans change, you can use the audio guide at any date of your choice or use the virtual in-app option for an at-home experience.

Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

8. Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

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, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. Take part in a special Halloween event on October 30 featuring live actors. Wear your best costume to win a contest with prizes such as a $1000 GetYourGuide gift card, a (real) coffin, and much more.

Edinburgh: Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

9. Edinburgh: Scotland's Dark Secrets Walking Tour

Marvel at the mysteries lurking behind Edinburgh on a walking tour focusing on the city's darker side. Visit Edinburgh Castle, Grey Friars Kirkyard, and the Old Tollbooth Prison. Let your guide thrill you with macabre, twisted tales from days gone by. Learn about witches and ghosts from the city's past and find out which ones are still lurking around today. Soak up every creaky nook and cranny while you search for signs of ghosts and ghouls on this unforgettable walking tour of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

10. Edinburgh: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10+ of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends (not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Edinburgh? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Edinbrugh in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill(where the tour ends), a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

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Prior to this tour I did not know a great deal about everyone’s obsession with Harry Potter. I took this tour as my Friends Children are Fans & they wanted me to do it for them. Well after this incredible tour with Kieran I will be going home to read all 7 Books & then have a Movie Marathon. A very interactive tour, covering lots of beautiful sights & hearing about J.K Rawlings inspirations was very interesting. Highly recommend.

The Tourguide Alex is an absolute legend. Funny, smart and good looking. On top of that the tour is super informative. Had a blast. Give Alex a raise and a promotion

We had Alex as our tour guide- he was the best! Had an answer to everything, funny and kind. The tour itself is insightful, good value for money!

This was such a Fun experience! The house Quiz was Awesome and Alex was the perfect tour guide!

It was awesome. I was a solo traveller and had a lot of fun in this trip