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PRIVATE VIRTUAL  TOURS

Enjoy our tours from the comfort of your own home!

 

Our virtual Potter Trail tours are hosted over Zoom, and can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

They’re just as interactive and magical as our real life tours. We use
a live presentation full of photos, facts and fun, along with Google Earth, to bring Edinburgh to you. Everything from our real life tour is there - the house point competition, sorting ceremony, and spell-casting, brought to you by the same fantastic guides. Just make sure you have your own wand (Olivander’s or DIY)!

Our virtual tours last approximately 1 hour although your guide will be available for 90 minutes to give your group time to ask as many questions as you like!

Get a taste of our virtual tour with this short video, or read on to find out how to book...

HOW TO BOOK

  • £50 flat fee per tour- the group size of each tour can be up to 20 people.

  • Book any time to suit you! All of our times listed below are UK times (currently GMT) so if you're calling from outside the UK you may need to convert your time to GMT. You can use the handy widget below to do this.
     

  • If there is anything  else that might make your tour more special, just mention it in the Special Requirements section of our booking form. If you have a question for us you might find the answer in our FAQs section below.

FRENCH TOURS

We also offer this tour in French! Let us know in the Special Requirements box if you would like the tour in French. We do however only have one French-speaking guide, so French tours are subject to availability. If your preferred time isn't available, we'll be sure to contact you to rearrange.

Would you like to buy one of our private virtual tours as a gift?

Well now you can! Simply pay for the tour below to receive a code that a friend or loved one can use to a redeem a tour from our site at a time to suit them. You can choose to send them the code directly or get the code sent to you first if you'd prefer. The perfect gift for a Potter mad friend!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to download Zoom to access the tour?

You do not need to download anything or have an account with Zoom to access the tour. However we recommend you download the desktop app for free here for a better, more stable experience! We also recommend viewing the tour on a laptop or tablet as opposed to a phone. Information on how to access the Zoom call will be sent once you have booked.

Are you able to offer private tours at any times not listed?

Our guides may be willing to work some antisocial hours between 10.30pm and 9am UK time. Please email our Head Wizard Richard at contact@pottertrail.com if you would like an antisocial start time and he work his magic! There will be an extra £20 added on to the tour price for this.

My group is larger than 20 people, can we can still do the tour?

You have two options here. You can split your group up and book multiple tours with us. We can use Zoom's Breakout Room function to run multiple tours of 20 people at the same time. You can select up to 4 groups of 20 per time slot using our booking system.  If you would really like your group to stick together you can let us know this in the Special Requirements box of our booking system. We can then add a £20 Large Group Charge once you have completed the booking.

I run a school/youth group. Are these tours safeguarded for young people?

Our virtual tours are set up to be as safe as possible for school and youth groups. All of our Zoom meetings are password protected with waiting rooms enabled. Our guides will always admit the group leaders to the call first and only then admit names that are recognised by the group leaders.

Is this tour suitable for children? Will they understand it?

The rule of thumb we like to use is – “if they’re old enough to read the books, they’re old enough to take the tour.” The Potter Trail has some creepy locations, and a few gruesome historical details, but there’s nothing in here half as likely to give kids nightmares as some of the scary scenes in the books! 

 

The tour is designed to engage kids and communicate information clearly. There’s plenty of audience interaction and theatrical touches tailored to keep their attention primed.

 

We wouldn’t recommend that very young children come on the tour. A good age guideline is 7+. For safeguarding reasons children must be accompanied by an adult. 

My partner/kids/friends are mad about Potter, but I’ve never even read it. Will I find it boring/confusing?

 

We certainly hope not! Although the tour is focused on the books and films, there’s also plenty of funny, atmospheric and informative content about Edinburgh’s literary history and real-world characters. If all you know about the series is that they’re about the adventures of a schoolboy wizard and are written by JK Rowling, then congratulations – you already know more than enough to enjoy the tour. No prior knowledge is assumed.

If you have any concerns or questions about how a virtual tour could work for your group please don't hesitate to contact our Head Wizard Richard at contact@pottertrail.com.

You can also click below to find out more about what we cover on the tour:

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