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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Johnston Terrace | Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 1QB, Scotland
+44 131 225 1188
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Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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The Royal Edinburgh Military tattoo is an annual series of Military tattoos performed at the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams. This is held during the month of August each year which coincides with the Fringe Festival and International Festival. This really is a must when visiting Edinburgh and really provides for the experience of a lifetime. Dress warmly for the outdoors as the seating in the esplanade is uncovered.
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Johnston Terrace | Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 1QB, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 1188
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I write this in anticipation of our visit in August 2017, or I should say our annual visit. We moved to Edinburgh in 2010. We have been to see the Tattoo every year but one since. Each time it is a fabulous experience (with the...More

1  Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There simply aren't words for how amazing this performance is. We did the Amber Package, and it was totally worth it to have the taste of Scotland sample dinner and whisky tasting ahead of time in a beautiful restaurant. Also gave us preferred seating. I...More

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was absolutely the highlight of my trip. Beautiful music, spectacle, and embracing of so many other cultures. Worth every penny! You cannot miss this if you are in Edinburgh I. August!

2  Thank Cynthia P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't think there is a bad seat in the whole arena, we were at the castle end princes street side. The show was superb from start to finish and if you are in the city whilst it is on, is a definite must on the...More

1  Thank jim i
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in Edinburgh for many years but only recently did I get around to going to the tatttoo. It was a nice dry evening for it and I really enjoyed the music and displays form all around the world.

Thank joseuk2001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding for 'pomp and ceremony'..and an enjoyable spectacle. Just pray for fine weather There is music, pomp and ceremony and a whole lot more in one evening.

Thank Geoffrey L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Edinburgh Castle is on a high rock which is the top of an extinct volcano. Outdoor seating and can be chilly so wrap up warm. Every year the programme is varied. The massed pipes and drums are always thrilling.

Thank myrtle321
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to the Tattoo numerous times when friends have been staying with us. It's a great spectacle - the stirring pipes and drums and then the poignancy of the Lone Piper high on the battlements. With the new projection of images onto the castle...More

Thank rmlj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Without doubt this is the premier Military Tattoo in the world. Each year has a different theme with different acts so that you never tire of it. There is always traditional Scottish music (Pipes and Drums) and dancing, complemented by outstanding acts from around the...More

Thank Nessie4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Book as early as you can. A real feast for the eyes. I have been many times over my lifetime. !!!Be warned !!! It can be scorchio, or Baltic cold. Have a wind breaker (down to your ankles) with you as you are out in...More

1  Thank WFDScotland
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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July 20, 2017|
Response from EdinTattoo | Property representative |
Hi there, If you wish to donate the tickets to a charity of your choosing, then you of course may. If you would prefer for us to place your tickets on resale, we are able to donate the money received to charity. To do so... More
July 19, 2017|
Response from EdinTattoo | Property representative |
Hi Karen, Throughout the performance, it is likely you will require a coat or a blanket of some sort, due to the nature of our show and the fact it takes place outside. At the Amber restaurant where your package takes... More
July 6, 2017|
Response from EdinTattoo | Property representative |
Hi, Alcohol is not permitted within the arena of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. There are a number of facilities offering non-alcoholic refreshments for the performance, all of which can be easily accessed upon... More