‘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.
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
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.
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.
Once you are there don’t forget to visit the toilets. They are completely covered with writings from the visitors. It’s insane.
AFTERNOON IN Victoria Street
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
Located in Victoria Street, Museum Context is a store that sells everything a wizard could need.
The store is beautifully decorated and there is a place where you can take a picture of yourself as a Hogwarts student.
DUSK AT Greyfriars kirkyard
This cemetery is one of the spookiest in Edinburgh. Its infamous history dates back to the 16th century.
It is known that J.K. Rowling based some of her famous characters on the names written on the tombs.
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.
LATE NIGHT DRINKS AT 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.
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.
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.