The Birthplace of Harry Potter | Edinburgh, Scotland

16 March 2015

With only a weekend to spare in Edinburgh, I had a list of places I had to see. Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Elephant House Cafe. The birthplace of Harry Potter was just calling my name.

The Elephant House is situated in central Edinburgh. Opened in 1995, the cafe overlooks the stunning castle and serves a mean Full English. But other than being one of the best tea houses in Edinburgh, the Elephant House is famous for another reason. It happens to be where JK Rowling sat down and wrote most of the first Harry Potter books. It's pretty easy to see why she found inspiration in this tiny central cafe. With a fantastic view, great atmosphere, and amazing coffee, the Elephant House is the perfect spot to get work done. However, being a major stop on any Harry Potter pilgrimage means it can get pretty busy! Make sure to check out my travel tips before visiting. 

+Arrive right when it opens. You'll have the entire cafe to yourself and won't have to wait for seating.
+Make sure to visit the toilets. I know that's a strange tip but if you're a Harry Potter fan you'll love it. Also, bring a pen.
+Price range for food 5 - 15 pounds.
+ Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 10pm
Friday: 8am - 11pm
Saturday: 9am - 11pm
Sunday: 9am - 10pm

Happy Monday!


  1. I definitely need to make a visit one day! X

  2. I never went was super crowded!! But it looks absolutely precious! Edinburgh in general just has a "feel" about it! Next time you're back...go to Alnwick Castle down the coast!!


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