Pack Your Bags: Edinburgh's Elephant House

If you go to Edinburgh,
you're bound to visit
the main historical sites of the town...

The Edinburgh Castle.

Holyrood Palace.

John Knox's House.

The Royal Mile.

But these days,
most people visiting the city
also stop by a place of more recent
historical importance...

You know, where JK Rowling famously penned
the first of the Harry Potter stories on napkins 
while she would nurse a single cup of coffee all day
instead of sitting around in her flat
that she couldn't afford to heat.

It's a bit dorky to want to go there, 
but hey-
if you do want to go,
just know that you're in good company.

{I've been loads of times.}

Plus, it's so close to the historical sites
that you won't be putting yourself too far off track
 from the "respectable tourist site list."

The room is really pretty and has great lighting...
with a killer view of the castle.

It's the perfect place to come for a light lunch....

.... or to relax with a book
at tea time.

{Sidenote: they have such good desserts.}

So make sure you add a quick visit to 
to your trip to Edinburgh!

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. Oh will want to go there for sure, that food looks yummy. I am a big fan of jacket potatoes.

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  2. Gorgeous photos!!! I never had a desire to go to Edinburgh...until I saw your photos on Instagram. Wow!

  3. I spy baby V! The Harry Potter part of me had to go there! I had a lamb pie, which was adventurous for this American, but it was delicious. And I think they have the desk where JK Rowling wrote!

  4. The birthplace of the Harry Potter series... it'd only be unfair to him if I don't visit! Thanks for sharing - that food looks amazing!

  5. Looks wonderful. I will be sure to visit when I get to Edinburgh ~ not sure when exactly that will be but I know I will get there one day. Until then, your photos are great.

  6. Wow, it looks like a beautiful place to spend an afternoon, and sounds like a MUST stop for Harry Potter fans.
    XO, Rachel
    With Love, Rachel

  7. We are visiting at the end of summer and now this place is on the list! Question for you, if you don't mind! When do the summer holiday crowds start to dissipate? My husband and I booked our trip for Aug 27 - September 7th thinking that the kids everywhere would be back in school and then realized we were basing this on American kids going back to school the last week of August! I have no idea when European kids go back to school after summer break! Am starting to worry we misjudged......

    1. Gabby, you'll be arriving literally the day after the Fringe Festival ends- so sad for your joining in, but good for the crowds dispersing! Have a great trip! Where all are you going?

    2. Thank you for letting me know! We are spending 6 days in London and 6 days in Edinburgh though my husband has planned us some day trips driving farther north of Edinburgh. I think we are venturing to Perth one day and Loch Ness /Cawdor Castle another day. The Queen will be at Balmoral at that time so we can't go there but I think my husband still wants to drive around it. I'm super excited!

  8. the view of the castle is amazing! i'm a big HP nerd so this was one of the first places we went when we moved to edinburgh. i also convinced my husband to see 'platform 9 3/4' when we visited london :)

  9. The elephant house has been on my list! It's almost required for an HP fan right?!

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  11. This place looks amazing! We lived in Ireland for a year and never made it to Scotland sadly. Someday!

    Teresa @

  12. I went there for breakfast while I was visiting Edinburgh. They have great muffins and pastries, and the cocoa is delicious! I was there the first week of August, and the crowds weren't too bad in the morning.

  13. Yes! When my old roommate and I went to Edinburgh in 05 this was our little hideout in the storm (it was BUCKETING down rain almost the whole time we were there!). I think we ended up here four times in two days. And we had almost no money to speak of so we totally pulled a JKR and nursed our coffees for as long as possible while we wrote pages and pages in our journals. Some of my happiest travel memories are in that place!

  14. This looks awesome - I totally want to go there now!

  15. OMG I have to go there. I wish it would be closer :D

  16. Just went there a couple of weeks ago! It was so good! And such a great atmosphere.


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