What is the Department of Magic?

Magic Potions Tavern

Welcome to the Magic Potions Tavern! Don your wizard robe, grab your magic wand and brew up a delicious concoction.

Make someone fall helplessly in love with you, create liquid gold like alchemists of old, bubble the bones of your enemies.

Brew up a magical experience for you and your wizard friends.


  • Magical Ales

    And Potions cocktails too

  • Traditional Tavern Games

    Free table games for customers

  • The Lost Property Room

    Magical items lost & found

  • Edinburgh Walking Tours

    Click for details

The Wizard Council

  • Iain Campbell

    Head of Magical Creatures Regulation

  • Ben Verth

    Chief Wizard of Magical Secrecy

  • David Bleese

    Minister Of Alchemy

  • John Millar

    Head Warlock For Magical Objects

Things You Need To Know!

This is not a traditional escape game. Sure, you have 50 minutes to defeat the Dark Lord or they will destroy you. But to do this, you must collect the Phrophecies to enter the final chamber. It's a bit like a cross between the Crystal Maze and an escape room set in a magical world.
the wizards at department of mystaeries
The Department of Magic is set in a world of witchract and wizardry. It is inspired by all kinds of magic and fantasy stories. It is not specifically a Harry Potter themed attraction. This would be breach of Warners Brothers' copyright, we don't want that.
The wizards at the department of Magic
The maximum in a booking for a slot is 5. For a larger groups, we would split you into teams and they would compete against each other to see who could defeat The Dark Lord in the quickest time. That would mean booking adjacent slots.

When one team are in the game, the others can relax in the tavern and enjoy a conspiratorial drink. You just need to book slots side by side.

the wizards at the department of Magic


If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to contact us.
The concept is simple; you have to collect Prophecies from rooms where there will be a series of magic themed puzzles, brainteasers and riddles that you must use your common sense, teamwork and brainpower to solve. We don't want to give too much away, but collect Prophecies to save the world!
You will have 50 minutes game time. We recommend coming in earlier, relax in The Old Tavern with a tankard of something special.
Broomstick! We're right in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, just off the Royal Mile. We are close to Waverly train station for those travelling from outside edinburgh.
If you're running late then please phone us as soon as possible on 0131 357 0377 and we can still try to fit you in. However, due to the nature of the game, if you arrive 15 minutes late we will be unable to accommodate your booking. For more information, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
Unfortunately Department Of Magic is not as it’s down a flight of stairs.
Department of Magic is designed to be played by groups of between 2 and 5 people. However, if you're part of a bigger group, we regularly book both our games so your teams can compete against each other! Whilst we design the game to be as accessible as we can, the nature of the experience means that children under the age of 10 may find some of the puzzles difficult.
Absolutely, come and soak up the magical atmosphere. Grab a tankard of brew (kids ones too!) and play some of the free table games.