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Edinburgh’s best escape rooms

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Edinburgh is host to a growing number of Escape Rooms – the latest being a new Harry Potter themed offering.  It is hard to ‘escape’ the craze, but if you haven’t heard of it the aim of the game is to solve puzzles in order to escape a locked room. We’ve picked out our top three of the city’s offerings below…


Image credit: Department of Mysteries.

Department of Mysteries

The Department of Mysteries escape room is set in a world of witchcraft and wizardry. The aim is to defeat the Dark Lord by collecting Prophecies in the quickest time; using teamwork and brainpower to solve magic-themed puzzles.

Located off the Royal Mile – close to ‘The Elephant House’, the location where JK Rowling first penned Harry Potter – the venue can take up to five people per booking, while larger groups can divide into competing teams. It is a convenient five minute walk from Waverley railway station and our Cafe Hub! If you need to refuel before or after defeating the Dark Lord, then our Hubmade burgers and freak shakes are just the spell you need.

9-11 Blair Street, http://departmentofmysteries.com/

Image Credit: Locked in Edinburgh

Locked in Edinburgh

Set in an old Vet School, Locked in Edinburgh’s escape rooms are based in real rooms and not purpose built sets. You may find yourself in an old laboratory, a dissection room, anatomy theatre or even a small animal hospital. Or you may find yourself exploring the building as it is used today, as teams uncover the identity of who is plotting against Pickering’s Gin to save the distillery.

1 Summerhall, https://www.lockedinedinburgh.com/


Padlox Escape Rooms

For an escape room experience outside of the city centre, why not head to Padlox Escape Rooms in Leith? Set at the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, visitors must foil doping fraudsters, to rescue the world’s sporting spirit. Teams of 2-6 players can take part, for up to an hour. Padlox Escape Rooms also has an ‘escape room on wheels’ to bring to weddings, personalised for the couple.

37 Bernard Street, https://www.padlox.co.uk/contact-us



Happy escaping!