The Wizard’s Guide to Edinburgh

‘I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.’

Last May I traveled from London to Edinburgh with the idea of visiting places related to Harry Potter’s world.

I took the train at London’s King’s Cross just like every regular Hogwarts student and arrived 4 hours later at Waverley station in Edinburgh.

London's King's Cross

As I only had a few hours in the city I made a list of all the places I wanted to visit.

Here I share with you my Harry Potter schedule in Edinburgh:

Breakfast at the elephant house

the elephant house edinburgh

This nice café located on 21 George IV Bridge was one of the first places where J.K. Rowling wrote her famous books. With a beautiful view of the Edinburgh Castle and a menu packed with delicious cakes (I recommend the purple velvet cake, it was magical) this café is an indispensable stop for every Harry Potter fan.

the elephant house purple velvet cake edinburgh

Open every day from 8 am to 10 pm, the place is often crowded, and as it doesn’t accept reservations, you’ll probably have to wait in line for some minutes.

the elephant house edinburgh

Once you are there don’t forget to visit the toilets. They are completely covered with writings from the visitors. It’s insane.

the elephant house toilets edinburgh

AFTERNOON IN Victoria Street

victoria street edinburgh

Located in the Old Town, this picturesque street with colorful buildings is said to have been the main source of inspiration for Diagon Alley. Many of its stores sell Harry Potter merchandise.

SHOPPING AT museum context

museum context edinburgh

Located in Victoria Street, Museum Context is a store that sells everything a wizard could need.

museum context edinburgh

The store is beautifully decorated and there is a place where you can take a picture of yourself as a Hogwarts student.

museum context edinburgh

DUSK AT Greyfriars kirkyard

Greyfriars kirkyard edinburgh

This cemetery is one of the spookiest in Edinburgh. Its infamous history dates back to the 16th century.

Greyfriars kirkyard edinburgh

It is known that J.K. Rowling based some of her famous characters on the names written on the tombs.

Greyfriars kirkyard edinburgh

Of course some of the names popped up later…

There are several ghost tours that visit this cemetery at night. I recommend City of the Dead Tours. They cost £13 and last 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Greyfriars kirkyard edinburgh

LATE NIGHT DRINKS AT PERILOUS POTIONS BY THE POP UP GEEKS

PERILOUS POTIONS BY THE POP UP GEEKS

The Pop Up Geeks is a bar located in 27 East Market Street that changes its theme every 3 months. During my trip, I was lucky to visit it during its last night as a Harry Potter themed bar.

PERILOUS POTIONS BY THE POP UP GEEKS

Once I selected a cocktail from the menu, I was given a tray with different tubes with ingredients and the instructions to make the drink.

PERILOUS POTIONS BY THE POP UP GEEKS

IF YOU PLAN TO STAY OVERNIGHT:

I recommend staying at the Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel as it is a low-cost option and it is very well located. It offers both single and shared rooms. The hostel is equipped with a self-catering kitchen and a lounge.