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JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 3.5 Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter

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    What to Expect
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    Stop At: The Balmoral, 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, UK

    Tour start

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: John Kay’s at the Tron, 122 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, UK

    Visit inside the Tron Kirk

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old College, The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK

    Edinburgh university

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Spoon, 6A Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH, UK

    Harry's maternity ward

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: McEwan Hall, Teviot Place Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AG Scotland

    See the fabulous hall where Rowling graduated

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland

    Unearthing the mythological inspirations of Harry Potter

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Scotland

    JK Rowling wanted her fantastical wizarding world to feel like something from an earlier age.... just like this cemetery.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Over Langshaw Farmhouse Ice Cream, The Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2AW, UK

    Scottish whisky ice cream, the most scottish Ice cream in the world. Sometimes, when the elves have been busy, they also have a butter brew flavour.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Pass By: Diagon House, 40 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2JW Scotland

    We visit Victoria Street reputed to have inspired Diagon Alley and pass by it's famed Harry Potter shops

    Stop At: Makars' Court, 457/1 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, UK

    Edinburgh is was made the first 'city of literature' by UNESCO, we now mentor the others around the world. In this special court to makars - writers, we have a look at the ascent of Edinburgh's most famous adopted daughter.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Lothian Chambers, 59-63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1RN, UK

    JK Rowling & Europe

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Heart of Midlothian Mosaic, 197 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, UK

    What does Harry Potter have to teach? Nothing really, Rowling didn't see herself as children's baby sitter or teacher. Here though we explore some of her ideas and views of the world as embedded in her epic.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Supreme Courts, 11 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RQ, UK

    If we have time we visit inside here on weekdays, but not bank holidays. Don't do anything naughty!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Edinburgh City Chambers, 45-329 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PN Scotland

    We have at look at Rowling's Edinburgh Award

    Duration: 10 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The Iron Duke, 2 Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 3YY, UK
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    City Chambers, 253 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ, UK
    • If it rains we may seek refuge inside
    • The museum of Scotland.
    • The bank of Scotland (reputed as an inspiration for Hogwarts)
    • Old Parliament Hall
    • Ice cream
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Many children have enjoyed the tour, however it's based on Rowling's rags to riches story & so is dark. The more difficulties a person has overcome, the more you can learn from them. This tour has darker stories from Rowling's instructive biography, which I hope will inspire those ready to achieve more.
    • The tour is also based on the books, the books have some adult themes which I give credit too, because 'they're just children's books' annoys me. People who have just seen the movies may not be aware of these darker themes.
    • Near public transportation
    • 6 km+ of up and down walking through Edinburgh's hilly old town.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Sam has amazing knowledge of Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s. I really enjoyed the sorting hat, the cemetery and diagon alley. The information was very interesting. My issues were that he talked way to fast and walked even faster. There were five in out tour and none of us
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    Response from Sam S, Lesser Mugwump at JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 3.5 Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter
    Responded 5 days ago
    Well thanks for remembering some things which weren't so terrible! I've been blessed with many Americans over the summer and it is the case almost all could understand me. A greater number of Europeans have had difficulty, except, so far, perhaps the Dutch (touch a wand, all the wands). But for those who have difficulty following my speech, well it's a 3.5 hour tour, it's frustrating! I'm working on this by sending out a youtube clip off me speaking in the worst possible circumstance, hard on a noisy busy road, and if people can't understand I command them to seek a refund & make other plans. I'm sad you didn't have a better time, I'm getting older day by day myself. If you have a mobility problems, Edinburgh's hilly, this tour isn't the best. A shorter Harry Potter tour is likely better suited, mine or others. Several times I've done my 2 hour tour with folk with reduced mobility wanting something that feels leisurely not a marathon. It cuts much walking, but it's hard to give that to folk who book the longer tour because it has a different starting point. Over winter at least my private rates are competitive with my public ones espeacially for groups of 3 or more. And of course rivals offer tours too which are shorter in length. Anyway thanks for taking a chance on me Roxie. Due to compeition, the costs of magic preparation - tuning the wands, miscellaneous extras and meeting minimum wage I fear a tour of this length and costs can't survive without better reviews, so you maybe one of the last, to do something like this. You're like Harry robbing Gringotts, doing something mental before the whole edifice collapses! ....Dragons are awesome. God bless x Sam.
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    Sam's tour was nice. It was just the two of us in his group so he could really focus on us and our questions. When there was something we didn't understand because he spoke really quick English and it's not our mother tongue he explained it to us - even several times. So the
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    Response from Sam S, Lesser Mugwump at JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 3.5 Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thanks for the review. Yes it can be tricky to understand me. If your English isn't really sharp then perhaps a shorter tour, with shorter stops and shorter stories, might be better. Whoever in your group has the strongest English can translate and catch folk up between stops. Sorry I ate into your day so much Anna. It's the off season coming up and I'll film a Youtube video introducing the tour and include it on the confirmation email. I'll ask folk "Am I hard to listen to?", if so they can get a refund. This should de-risk booking my longer Harry Potter tours. I'm pleased you see me as a specialist, I was less able when I began, so it's great to get recognition, thank you. May your ghoul seldom groan and your vault overflow x Sam.
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    Had a really great tour from Sam! Really engaging and entertaining. The 3 hours flew by! Would recommend to anyone.
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    Response from Sam S, Lesser Mugwump at JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 3.5 Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thanks so much Darta. Hope you had a great time at the Castle, for a special event the cobbled carriageway, winding upto the Castle was lined with metal sculptures of Grindylows (great lake Water demons). Just for folks information it IS presently 3½ hours, although I may shorten it in future, since I think people would maybe like to fit more into their afternoon. For the moment though, my Harry Potter tour takes the hassles of navigation and 'what shall we do next away' for a good chunk of the day. I'm so glad that even at 3 hours it's satisfying, and superior to a History of Magic class! Where you departed, after Greyfriars Kirkyard is for many fans amongst their favourite sections. Thanks so much for the review, I wasn't betting on it, I'm delighted! x Sam.
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    Thank you Sam, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with you. Really informative and your tricks really added to the experience. It was great seeing the graveyard where JK Rowling took inspiration for some of her characters’ names. A longer tour than most but kept our interest and saw
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    Response from Sam S, Lesser Mugwump at JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 3.5 Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Oh you're welcome Sarah, thankyou for choosing me. Yes the graveyard is inspiration central. So many great stories can be packed in there in the quiet. Becoming a bit swampy now too. Think the Weasley's Burrow might have Apparated in, hiding behind a concealment charm. Yes my Harry Potter tour dives off the historic Royal Mile - the Muggle-beaten track, to take in the scenes and atmosphere of the places where Rowling spent her time. At some point Edinburgh may finally get E-bikes to rent on the street, when they do, I might see if I can work in even more! I've been banned from broomsticks, stupid fascists. Thanks for the cheering review Sarah. If you come on my tour and enjoy - please EVERYBODY do a Sarah. May your dinning be as fabulous as Hogwarts and your wining as fine as Slughorn's x Sam.
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    We spent a wonderful Saturday morning on the tour with Sam a few weeks back, and I'd highly recomend it. Its depth of 'Potter mania' is high, you'll get a great sense of Edinburghs rich contribution to JK Rowling and Harry himself, and you'll even get to visit the graves of
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    Response from Sam S, Lesser Mugwump at JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 3.5 Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thanks so much, I'm really thrilled you wrote a review, that's really big-hearted of you. When folk occasionally need to cut things short I just assume they won't, I think: 'oh no, disaster!', so you've been really kind. Yes, Greyfriar's Kirkyard is a treasure for Potter-heads. Rowling wanted to create a sense of this exotic world apart from Muggle-dom, and our ancient Kirkyard was a boon. These days she finds the names for her characters in a different way... It involves drugs, well caffeine. Ask me about it on the tour! Thanks so much for the review, it made me smile. x Sam.
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    • Languages Offered: English
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