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The Potter Trail

#15 of 194 Tours in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
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Address: 30-34 Candlemaker Row | Greyfriars Bobby's Bar (George IV Bridge), Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 7853 384535
Fee: No

Grab a wand and join your robed guide on the only tour in Edinburgh...

Grab a wand and join your robed guide on the only tour in Edinburgh designed for Harry Potter fans! You'll discover magical locations that inspired characters and scenes in the series, visit places where JK Rowling wrote the books and even learn about real-life witches and wizards in medieval Edinburgh. Even if you're not a Harry fan, there's still plenty to entertain you on this lively and atmospheric tour. Suitable for families.

Certain tours feature live magic from the fantastic Magus Negus. Tour times change throughout the year.

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Attractions were okay but the guide was PURE MAGIC

My friend and I had such a great time on this tour. We're both long time Potter lovers who have since grown up and it's been a while since we delved into the Potter world. This... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Amelia v

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My friend and I had such a great time on this tour. We're both long time Potter lovers who have since grown up and it's been a while since we delved into the Potter world. This tour, and especially our tour guide (I think her name was Becky), were a fantastic way to re-enter the Potter world once again. Be... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Perfect walk with wonderful guide. Great to see the hidden inspiration behind the novels through the eyes of true nerds! Tour is free, but everone felt absolutely fine paying for it at the end. Kid loved it too!

Thank Brian L
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Definitely a must-do if you're a Potter fan! Lots of great stops and the guide made every stop highly entertaining, even in the pouring rain. We had a huge group but the guide accommodated us and really made sure everyone could get a good look at things.

Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went last Saturday on the 3pm tour. Our tour guide (or should I say Potions Master) was named Will, you could tell he is very passionate about HP which makes the experience even more magical!!! He was really good and the tour was truly fascinating, it lasts one hour only and definitely worth every minute!

Thank Florelle S
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We did the tour with our 2 young children, age 12 and 9, they're extremely enjoyed this Harry Potter tour that they asked me to donate £20 for the guide tour person. And of course, we did, as the guide tour person was very funny and kept our kids entertained with stories and magic wands. Absolutely is a must if... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We discovered this FREE tour at the last minute & could not have been more pleasantly surprised. Our guide - filled with personality - took us on a fun tour of the spots that inspired JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. Definitely worth the generous tip that we offered at the end!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was very hard to arrive at 3 pm at george iv bridge as we were in pithlocry at a whiskie tour but we succeed. The problem. Was the at 3 pm we were under the bridge and not abive so that with a desperate little girl we run to find the tour. When above we realized that the greyfriars... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic find! We were lucky to see the poster advertised in High Street Hostel where we are staying. There was a huge group - at least 100 - and the tour guide, Jodie, handled it really well. She projected her voice fantastically and kept the whole group engaged. There was a mixture of adults and children. A lot... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tour guide: Jodie This tour was amazing. It was quite possibly the biggrst tour led by one person I have seen. There were over 200 people. Jodie handled this very well and made everyone feel involved, even the small children. We could not have asked for a better tour to see the inspiration for characters in real life. I would... More 

Thank Chris C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Joined today's tour with my two children aged 8yrs and 9yrs. Very busy tour but the Guide was excellent, kept us all together and made sure everyone could hear/see each stop. We are Potter mad and the whole family enjoyed this tour :)

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