Towards the end of last year I went on a long weekend break to Edinburgh, a place I’ve been dying to visit for ages mainly because of its Harry Potter connections.
I did as any true Harry Potter fan would and hunted out all the wizarding hot spots on Pinterest and tried to cram as many of them into my itinerary as possible.
I also did a ridiculous amount of walking across the city so I highly recommend trying to figure out how the buses work.
Anyway, here is my ultimate Harry Potter Itinerary:
- Take a Harry Potter walking tour
The most obvious one of all but they’re a great way to see more of the city and learn all about Edinburgh’s connection to Harry Potter.
I went on the Potter Trail which runs daily and, most importantly, is free (but donations are welcome at the end)! Our guide Liv was so enthusiastic and I’ve never had so much fun waving a wand around in public before.
The tour lasted around an hour and a half and took us around some of the key Harry Potter hotspots in the city.
2. Have breakfast at The Elephant House
This is one of the places that J K Rowling sat in and wrote Harry Potter. The eatery claims to be ‘the birthplace of Harry Potter’ however the truth is slightly stretched.
I’d read both positive and negative reviews about this place but decided to make my mind up for myself. I arrived around 8.40 on a Sunday morning, a good time as it wasn’t that busy.
Their breakfast menu has a great section, I went for simple scrambled eggs on toast which was super tasty.
The toilets were one of the main reasons I wanted to come here and they did not disappoint. Every inch was covered in tributes to Harry Potter, I only wish I’d taken a pen to add mine.
I really enjoyed having breakfast here, the staff were so friendly and welcoming, the only negative point I would say is that prices were a little high for the amount of food you get, however I guess you are paying for the atmosphere also.
3. Walk down Victoria Street
This street is supposedly the inspiration behind Diagon Alley and it’s easy to see why when you walk down it. The cobbled streets just scream Diagon Alley, it even has a joke shop and book shop, sound familiar?
Museum Context is the place to go if you’re looking for Harry Potter goodies and memorabilia to take back home.
4. Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard
This spooky Gothic graveyard is enough to give anyone the creeps – its also very haunted. If you take a look at the headstones you may notice that some of the names sound very familiar, this is where J K Rowling took inspiration for her characters names.
The Harry Potter tour I went on briefly passed through here but I recommend going back if you have time so you can hunt them all out.
In the background of the graveyard you will be able to see George Heriot’s School which is said to have inspired Hogwarts.
5. Drink Butterbeer at The Doghouse
I knew my trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without a sweet Butterbeer and I luckily found a bar that served it!
It’s a little walk out of the city centre but it truly is a unique bar, it has teddy bears hanging from the ceiling.
I hope you enjoyed this post! As you can probably tell I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan and absolutely loved visiting Edinburgh.
I will definitely be back so I can do it all again.
Bye for now