The Harry Potter fan's guide to Edinburgh: Greyfriar's Kirkyard. Click through for more Harry Potter Edinburgh sights!

The Harry Potter fan’s guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

If you love The Boy Who Lived (and if not, WHY?) Scotland should be high on your list of places to visit—J.K. Rowling wrote the books in the Scottish capital and her inspiration is obvious everywhere you turn. That said, these are six Harry Potter Edinburgh sights every fan simply has to see.

Greyfriar’s Kirkyard

If you’re into this post, I probably don’t need to explain the significance of Thomas Riddell’s grave, which you can find in this atmospheric churchyard.

Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row

The Harry Potter fan's guide to Edinburgh: Spoon café, where J.K. Rowling used to write


Previously Nicolson’s Café, this is where J. K. Rowling wrote “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. It is therefore basically a site of pilgrimage.

Spoon, 6a Nicolson Street

The Harry Potter fan's guide to Edinburgh: The Elephant House café

The Elephant House

This other café is the self-appointed “birthplace of Harry Potter”.

J. K. used to sit in the back room, admiring the views over Greyfriar’s Kirkyard and Edinburgh Castle, while writing some of the books in the series.

The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge

The Harry Potter fan's guide to Edinburgh: the Balmoral hotel, where J.K. Rowling finished writing the series of books

Balmoral Hotel

J. K. locked herself away in room 552 of 5* The Balmoral Hotel as she wrote the very last sentences of the very last Harry Potter book. After finishing her work, she infamously graffitied a bust in the now-named “JK Rowling Suite”.

You can book a stay here, if you’re feeling fancy.

Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street 


This otherwise non-descript street is said to have been the inspiration for the surname of Harry and his family.


The Harry Potter fan's guide to Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle, clearly the inspiration for Hogwarts!

Edinburgh Castle

If Hogwarts wasn’t based on this historic building, perched atop Castle Rock, I’ll eat the Sorting Hat.

Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile

Back soon with more from the stunning city of Edinburgh!

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