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Are you visiting Edinburgh and looking to explore the inspiration for the best selling Harry Potter novels?

The Grassmarket Hotel are big fans of all things J. K. Rowling with many of the inspirational sights just moments from our hotels doorstep! So, don’t be a muggle, grab your Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger and take them on a tour of the following…

Victoria Street
(10 seconds walk from Grassmarket Hotel)

Said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley, this colourful street located just next to our Grassmarket Hotel is filled with independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

The Elephant Café
(3 minutes walk from Grassmarket Hotel)

A must (and most renowned) location to visit in Edinburgh for Harry Potter fans will be the Elephant House Cafe, located at 21 George Street. This is where J. K. Rowling used to sit daily to write the first and second books, as it was cheaper for her to pay for a cup of coffee than to pay her heating bill at home. Needless to say, she finished on very different circumstances.

Greyfriars Kirkyard
(5 minutes walk from Grassmarket Hotel)

From the Elephant Cafe, J. K. Rowling could source much of her inspiration for what she saw out of her window. The first of these sights was nearby cemetery Greyfriars Kirkyard – where Tom Riddle’s grave resides which has now become a sight in itself for hardcore Harry Potter fans to pay respect to the Dark Lord.

George Heriot’s School
(6 minutes walk from Grassmarket Hotel)

Built in 1628, George Heriot’s School has four houses, four towers, and was a clear source of inspiration for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Grassmarket Hotel has an ideal location for exploring the very best Edinburgh has to offer whether your a Harry Potter fan or not! With fresh fun bedrooms and style like no other, join us for a night or two soon at Grassmarket Hotel…