Spellbinding Potter Tours for Harry Fans
Is your child a Potter fan? Are they old enough to read the books? Perhaps you are a teacher looking for an engaging yet affordable class trip? Then why not book a tour of the sites that inspired Harry’s creator.
As an enthusiastic Times reviewer put it: ‘Just about everywhere in Edinburgh brings Harry to mind.*
“Absolutely loved it. It was so interactive and kids had a blast.”
Founded in 2012, the popular Potter Trail brings the magical side of the Old Town to life. In their cloaks and visors, the theatrical young guides look convincingly wizard-like. These Potter enthusiasts are trained comic performers who know how to entertain children. The tour includes a sorting hat ceremony, a house point competition and even the odd spellcasting opportunity!
The trail begins at the statue of Greyfriars Bobby in the Old Town. Once armed with a wand, you’ll find out where Rowling was inspired and wrote. The sites include ‘Diagon Alley’, Elephant House (café) and George Heriot’s School, a possible inspiration for Hogwarts. The grave of Edinburgh’s worst poet William McGonagall also features. And in Greyfriars churchyard, you search for the spot where He Who Must Not Be Named was buried.
“Perfect length and perfect mix of fun, facts, performance and simply letting the sights speak for themselves.”
School groups are welcome to book a private tour, either as a special event, or as an extension to class study. They run in all weathers. However, the company has recently made it possible for you to experience the trail from the comfort of your own home! Guides use high-resolution images and Google Earth. Just don’t forget your wand!
For more information:
Facebook: The Potter Trail
* Bryce Amber, “On the Harry Potter trail in Edinburgh” The Times, June 24, 2017. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/on-the-harry-potter-trail-in-edinburgh-bgszr7wzh (accessed November 2, 2020).
Is it safe to do a tour?
The tour takes place in the open air. And the company adheres to government regulations: group sizes are limited to 15; visors or masks are worn by everyone; 2 metre social distancing is enforced; guides do not handle cash; sanitizer is used between tours.
How long is a tour?
Between 75 and 90 mins. Or approx. 60, if done virtually.
Are the public tours really free?
Yes. We like to be accessible to all. But donations are always hugely appreciated.
What do you charge for school tours?
15 people or fewer: £75
16-25 people: £100
26-35 people: £125