Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Edinburgh  /  Sightseeing  /  George Heriot's School
George Heriot's School, Edinburgh
(4.1/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
George Heriot's School is a Scottish independent primary and secondary school on Lauriston Place in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland, with over 1600 pupils, 155 teaching staff and 80 non-teaching staff. It was established in 1628 as George Heriot's Hospital, by bequest of the royal goldsmith George Heriot, and opened in 1659.ArchitectureThe main building of the school is notable for its renaissance architecture, the work of William Wallace, until his death in 1631. He was succeeded as master mason by William Aytoun, who was succeeded in turn by John Mylne. In 1676, Sir William Bruce drew up plans for the completion of Heriot's Hospital. His design, for the central tower of the north façade, was eventually executed in 1693.The school is a turreted building surrounding a large quadrangle, and built out of sandstone. 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.
For travelers who use our international travel planner, Edinburgh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the George Heriot's School and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Source
Create a full Edinburgh itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Edinburgh

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Edinburgh by other users

51 days in Europe & Asia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Asia & Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Edinburgh, Manchester & London BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Edinburgh & England BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, culture, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MAURITIUS March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Yes i was a pupil here and of course as a kid you know the place is stunning but hey, its still classrooms up those turrets. Therefore the view on the streets plenty fine to appreciate its much mentio...  more »
  • A school full of magic, architecture and inspiring fantasy of Harry Potter... to explore and above all to take a picture of the view of the Castle
    View original
  • Legendary College of Edinburgh, inspiration for the College magic of the saga of Harry Potter. The building is majestic. Pity that we could not see it on the inside
    View original
Google
  • Like the school building and the garden around.
  • A must see for every Harry Potter fan, who I'm not :D
  • Excellent school. Pupils are certainlty not arrogant. GH do not need to use JK's name for marketing purposes. JK is like any other parent she chose the best school for her kids. Job done! Wendy you have a chip on your shoulder. Try and get rid of this.
  • Its a pro school. Wendy probably went to watsons, this school is very good academically, top results in country, ok it has its down points but overall amazing
  • Great school, great kids. Top results!!. A credit to the area.