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George Heriot's School

8 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9EQ, Scotland
+44 131 229 7263
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8 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9EQ, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 229 7263
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

My experience was stone turrets and teachers in cloaks (Really) Anyhow, it is without doubt a beautiful building and has tunnels that go up to Edinburgh Castle, not only is this the original Hogwarts but JK Rowlings kids now attend. LOOK, if you REALLY want...More

Thank Kenny D
Reviewed 24 July 2017

It was interesting to learn that the school was founded in the early 17th century with a generous endowment from George Heriot the renown jeweller to the King and Queen. Constructed from sandstone the architecture is admirable. We enjoyed admiring the grand details.

Thank permia
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

What an amazing building, imagine going to school here! However it is still a school so I wouldn't walk around here without permission :) get a Hogwards feel by going here, very cool

Thank MichelSchuts
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Yes i was a pupil here and of course as a kid you know the place is stunning but hey, its still classrooms up those turrets. Therefore the view on the streets plenty fine to appreciate its much mentioned Hogwarts style grandeur. Want to have...More

1  Thank Laramber
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I saw this building from the graveyard of Greyfriars church. It was described as a school so I assumed it was a Victorian Gothic style building. It turns out this is a very early building first used as a hospital in the 17th Century. It...More

Thank DohaInternational
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This was my school for 9 years, I was one of the "faitherless bairns" that it still offers free tuition to. It is a stunning building with the turrets, quadrangle, pend and chapel. If you can manage it, get to a doors open day, or...More

3  Thank CarinL04
Reviewed 10 January 2016

George Heriot's School is a magnificent building set on beautiful grounds. Sadly, it is not open to the public except on Open Doors day (usually the last weekend if September). The building dates back to the mid-17th century and was originally opened as a "hospital"...More

2  Thank John B
Reviewed 29 December 2015

Awesome when seen after sunset. Beautifully lit, you expect harry potter to be around somewhere and othe wizzards as well!

Thank delagioventu
Reviewed 14 October 2015

I visited friends in Edinburgh a couple of years ago and since I am a teacher, I went to the school and spoke with the Head Master. I basically asked if I could have a tour and he said yes. Two upper classmen took me...More

2  Thank Tammy W
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Our friend who arranged for us to visit the school went to Heriot's. Mathis is an amazing place! And just exudes history! All of the kids were very well behaved, and faculty were very cordial. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing this beautiful school that is still...More

Thank Debbie C
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Tin B
21 September 2016|
Response from Jane S |
It is, as far as I know. There are toured guides and open mornings: however, no matter what anyone tells you DO NOT look through the greyfriars gate. Due to it being near the p1-3s playground and it being a school may give... More