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Harry Potter Tours from Edinburgh

Harry Potter Tours from Edinburgh

Hogwarts may be a magical place, but the word of Harry Potter is rooted in some real spots in Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands, many of which are open to visitors. Here are some of the top ways to experience the Harry Potter magic in Scotland.

City Sightseeing Tours

Walking through Edinburgh gives Potter fans a chance to see some filming locations, as well as places that inspired author JK Rowling to dream up the magical world in the first place. See real-life locations that stirred the entrance to Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Tom Riddle's graveyard, while also visiting some of Edinburgh's main attractions along the way.

Alnwick Castle Tours

Take a day trip from Edinburgh to visit Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick Castle, which has served as a filming backdrop for both the Harry Potter and Downton Abbey series. Alnwick is easily recognizable to Potter fans as the exterior of Hogwarts, and you can visit the interior for some real history, too.

Scottish Highlands and Jacobite Steam Train Tours

Every fan of the Harry Potter films knows the scene showing the Hogwarts Express crossing that high bridge on its way to the wizarding school. The real-life bridge is the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands, and visitors can cross it themselves on the Jacobite Steam Train. Take an overnight trip to the Highlands from Edinburgh and ride the train from Fort William to Mallaig.

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Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover the rugged beauty and cultural splendor of the Scottish Borders on a day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, visit the market town of Kelso and the magnificent Alnwick Castle, a featured film setting in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter Series. Soak up the beauty of Northumberland as you make a final stop at the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Entrance fees are your own expense.
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  • 9 hours
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover Northumberland’s weird and wonderful history, from Vikings to wizards, on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Cross the border into North England and follow the causeway to Holy Island to learn about the island’s ancient Christian settlement and notorious Viking invasion. After visiting the hilltop Lindisfarne Castle, head back to the mainland and continue to Alnwick Castle, a magnificent palace with a completely different claim to fame – as a film location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey! This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 9 hours
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JK Rowling's Edinburgh and the Writing of Harry Potter

JK Rowling's Edinburgh and the Writing of Harry Potter

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Learn about J.K. Rowling and the origins of the 'Harry Potter' books during a walking tour of Edinburgh. See places that inspired Rowling such as the Balmoral Hotel and University of Edinburgh's Old College; locales that shaped the Dementors and Ministry of Magic; and cafes where Rowling liked to write. Your guide is a 'Harry Potter' fan who shares fascinating details about the wizarding world in Edinburgh.
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  • 4 hours
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Potter About Edinburgh - with quizzes

Potter About Edinburgh - with quizzes

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Experience the magic of the world’s most famous wizard on a 2-hour Harry Potter walking tour of Edinburgh, perfect for families with kids. Alongside your Potter-mad guide, you’ll explore the winding streets and mysterious alleys that inspired J. K. Rowling to create the iconic wizarding world, and see filming locations featured in the movies. Plus, tick off top Edinburgh attractions such as the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Princes Street.
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Alnwick Castle and Lindisfarne Day Trip from Edinburgh

Alnwick Castle and Lindisfarne Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Take in Alnwick Castle, Lindisfarne and the Scottish Borders on this adventurous day trip from Edinburgh. Cross the Scottish border into England, and admire beautiful countryside views as a guide sheds light on the region’s colorful past. Stop for tea and scones (own expense) at the Hirsel — an idyllic country estate — then explore the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne, famous for its spectacular scenery and historic monastery ruins. Enjoy free time to visit Alnwick Castle — made famous in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ before returning to Edinburgh.
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Borders and Alnwick Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Borders and Alnwick Castle Tour from Edinburgh

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Travel from Edinburgh over the Scottish border to England and back on this 1-day borders and Alnwick Castle tour from Edinburgh. Visit the impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried, with a guide. Take an optional tour of Alnwick Castle, made famous in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, and learn to fly like a wizard! Explore the grand salons and underground cellars, or take a stroll through the gardens.
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