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A Harry Potter Moment in Edinburgh & a Whole Bunch of Tartan

Visiting The Elephant House in Edinburgh, Scotland where Harry Potter was Written

Before I begin with this post, I have a bit of a confession:  I am a Harry Potter geek.  I have read all the books (multiple times), seen the films a midnight and I am dying to visit the studio in London where much of the film was shot.  So, imagine to my excitement when I realized that The Elephant House, the cafe where JK Rowling wrote the majority of the Harry Potter books, is just around the corner from Edinburgh Castle.  Yes please, sign me up.

The Elephant House

The Elephant House, where all the Harry Potter magic started. (Pun intended.)

At the Elephant House, we had lunch (vegetarian chili for myself and lamb pie for Neal) with coffees.  Looking out the window was a perfect view of Edinburgh Castle.   I could see how JK Rowling was inspired by the location.

Elephant House, Edinburgh

If you are in the area, I would recommend the cafe for lunch or even an afternoon tea.  Our bill was just about $22 both of us, which isn’t bad at all for a hearty fill me up.

 

Elephant House, Edinburgh

After the cafe, we realized that across the street was the National Museum of Scotland. Since the wind was blustery, this was a perfect inside activity.  (Oh, did I mention that the admission was free? Yes please!)

This museum was MASSIVE, and we spent about 1 1/2 hours exploring the museum.  From ancient artifacts to Scottish history, it was blended in this museum.  There were moments when it was a bit overwhelming, just so much to see, you could easily spend two afternoons there to see it all.

Here were a few of my favorite pics from the visit to the museum:

 

Check out this snappy outfit of head to toe tartan.  Pretty fancy dress, if I do say so myself.

Check out this snappy outfit of head to toe tartan. Pretty fancy dress, if I do say so myself.

A vintage loom for making traditional Scottish tartan.

A vintage loom for making traditional Scottish tartan.

 

 

I loved my visit to Elephant House Cafe.  Sure it was just a bit touristy, but fun to have a “Harry Potter moment”.  And the National Scottish Museum was a perfect place to visit on a cold and windy afternoon in Edinburgh!

Can’t wait to share more with you! Stay tuned…

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