• Established 2012 •
The ORIGINAL and BEST
magical walking tour of Edinburgh... and it's free!
Prepare to enter a secret world...
Grab a wand and join your robed guide on the original tour of Edinburgh designed especially for Potter fans!
You’ll discover the magical locations that inspired characters and scenes in the series, visit the places
where JK Rowling wrote the books, and even learn a spell or two along the way...
See where Lord Voldemort is buried
Discover in which café Rowling wrote the FIRST Potter book
Take a trip down the real life Diagon Alley
Have the chance to be sorted outside the school which inspired Hogwarts
Learn who the world’s worst poet was, and which Hogwarts
teacher is named after him
... and much, much more!
Even if you’re not a Harry fan, there’s still plenty to entertain you on this lively and atmospheric tour, full of colourful characters from Edinburgh’s mysterious past. Suitable for families. Muggles welcome!
Founded in 2012 we are the original and most highly rated walking tour in Edinburgh for Potterheads - accept no imitations!
If you would like a little more insight into what we cover on the tours, below is a video that we made recently for the Edinburgh Evening News featuring two of our guides Richard and Will. This video does contain a few of what we would consider tour spoilers so if you'd prefer to retain more of the magic of the tour before you join, maybe best to scroll on!
Note: The Potter Trail is an unofficial tour that is not endorsed by or affiliated with Warner Bros., JK Rowling or her publishers. All rights to the ‘Harry Potter’ books and associated trademarks are the property of JK Rowling / her publishers. All film / image rights associated with the film series are property of Warner Bros.
All scripted tour content is © 2012 The Potter Trail, and is not licensed for public performance or reproduction.
Please note everything below relates to our tours in real life which are currently out of operation until June 30th. We are currently only operating tours via video call which can be booked here.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Potter Trail costs… absolutely nothing!
Yes, you read that right. We’re currently offering this spellbinding tour for FREE. At the end of the tour we will pass around the sorting hat and give you a chance to contribute any donations.
You’re never under any pressure or obligation to give anything; feel free to give whatever you thought the tour was worth. Our professional guides work hard and with real passion to entertain you, and we
value your support.
Why are we doing this? Well, we know what it’s like to be travelling on a budget, so we’d rather give a tour for free and let folks who can afford it choose to support our tour.
For those who want an extra special, personally tailored experience,
private bookings are available. Click the button for more information ➔
Do I need to book?
Our public tours require no booking and if you show up at the right time and place, you’ll be guaranteed a spot! We may send two guides out to split the group if gets too big but we never turn anyone away from our tours. Our tours start promptly at the times stated below, so we recommend arriving 5 – 10 minutes beforehand.
Where and When?
Where does the tour start and finish?
At the statue of Greyfriars Bobby at the junction of Candlemaker Row and George IV Bridge. The tour finishes on Victoria Terrace (the raised section of Victoria Street). This is a 2 minute walk from the starting location.
Is there a way of catching up with the group if I'm running late?
We do normally leave pretty sharply on the hour! If we are splitting a large group you may find half a group still waiting just across the road from the statue outside Greyfriars Art Shop. Failing that we will be somewhere within Greyfriars Kirkyard. We'll be in there for at least the first half hour of the tour, either somewhere to the left of the kirk when you come in or further to the back through the Flodden Wall arch. Look for the guides in the black capes!
How long does the tour last?
1 hour 30 mins. At quieter times this can be nearer 1 hour 15 mins, depending on how busy the city is.
When does the tour start?
September - March - 2pm every day
April - August - 12pm and 4pm every day
PLEASE NOTE: There will no tours running on Dec 24th, 25th and 26th.
Some of the tours listed above are specially extended with live magic - scroll down to find out more!
Click the portrait to see
Magus Negus in action
Extended Magic Tours
On these special dates, the tour is extended to 2 hours with the addition of magic from Edinburgh’s premier family-friendly conjurer, MAGUS NEGUS!
He is a real-life magician who aims to delight, dazzle, and maintain the secrecy of the existence of the magical realm (if you are a muggle, please don’t read that last bit – thank you). Presenting a mixture of classical illusions with a unique Potter twist, he has over 10 years’ experience performing for families, international audiences, and even Hollywood film directors!
So whether you’re a witch, wizard, or muggle, you’re going to be in for some serious surprises and maybe even some fantastic beasts...
Magus is available for private bookings for those looking to add an extra magical flare to their private tour. He also makes some special appearances on our public tours from time to time. Although perfect for families and groups with young children, Magus is a brilliant addition to groups of all ages.
30% of the money collected at the end of tours featuring Magus Negus will go directly to fund the Anne Rowling Clinic - an organisation set up by JK Rowling to provide clinical care and research to improve the lives of people with degenerative conditions affecting the brain. You can find out more about what they do here.
You can experience Magus Negus on our free public tours on the following dates:
July 18th at 4pm
July 25th at 4pm
Please note that on these dates and times there will be the option to join the magic tour OR the regular tour. We send out two (sometimes three) guides for each tour to split large groups and run two tours simultaneously. On the dates above one group will follow the standard 90 minute tour, the other will experience the 2 hour magic tour.
If you would like to request Magus Negus for a private tour please click here to find out more.
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