George Heriot's School, Edinburgh

George Heriot's School, Edinburgh

George Heriot's School is a Scottish independent primary and secondary school on Lauriston Place in Edinburgh's Old Town. It was established in 1628 as George Heriot's Hospital, by bequest of the royal goldsmith George Heriot, and opened in 1659. Nowadays governed by George Heriot's Trust, a Scottish charity, it has more than 1600 pupils, 155 teaching staff, and 80 non-teaching staff.

The school's main building – a turreted structure surrounding a large quadrangle, built out of sandstone – is notable for its Renaissance architecture. The foundation stone is inscribed with the date 1628. The intricate decoration above each window is unique (with one paired exception - those on the ground floor either side of the now redundant central turret on the west side of the building). A statue of the founder can be found in a niche on the north side of the quadrangle.

***Harry Potter Tour***
When seen for the first time, the castle-like George Heriot's School usually strikes the onlooker with its resemblance to Hogwarts. Indeed, this private educational institution relies on the same House system to sort students as the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry did, sorting its young wizard pupils as Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, and perhaps it had inspired J.K. Rowling, whose children also attended George Heriot’s School!

Another reason for speculation about its inspiration behind Hogwarts is that, similarly to Greyfrier’s Kirkyard, the George Heriot School can be seen from the windows of the Elephant House Café, which J.K. Rowling used to frequent while writing Harry Potter.
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Sight Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (See walking tours in Edinburgh)
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