The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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Anne B
7 contributions
Aug 2019
What a wonderful event 🤩, no matter who you are you could not fall to love this event.
I have seen it many times over many years and it always entertains.
People are positively buoyant as they leave and praise every aspect of their evening.
Highly recommended but remember dress for cold weather as it can be very cold and often raining.
Written February 22, 2020
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Sarah S
Great Barrington, MA20 contributions
Aug 2019
We ended up here by chance - I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I had never heard of the Military Tattoo. I try to book one major event/activity in each city we visit and we happened to be visiting in August - this kept popping up when researching things to do. Turns out this is THE reason to visit in August. Yes, the accommodations are more expensive. Yes, there are more people but none of that matters if you get to experience this display. An unforgettable evening and well worth every penny - even sitting in cold drizzly weather!
Written February 16, 2020
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Ryan A
Oregon, IL114 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
What an amazing event in a perfect location. This is absolutely something that should be on any music lover or culture lovers bucket list. The way they use lights (and fire in some instances) and the projection on Edinburgh Castle are such perfect compliments to the fantastic musical performances. It is a truly memorable event and not to be missed.
Written March 11, 2020
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Julia
Saint Louis, MO202 contributions
Aug 2019
This is one of the highlights of my trip to Scotland. My group watched this on our last night, and it was very emotional. The music is sweeping, and it was so incredible to see so many groups from all over the world. The projections on the castle were also really fun. This was just an amazing experience and I'll never forget it.
Written March 9, 2020
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Alan D
Perth, UK812 contributions
Aug 2019
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a must if you are in Edinburgh during the festival.
Even if I'm note able to go would watch on tv.
When was young would sell programs for Military Tattoo and most night watch part of tattoo.
Its marvellous would recommend for family and friends.
Written February 4, 2020
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donna v
47 contributions
Jul 2019
We were very excited for this event and it was not a disappointment. Although performed mostly in the rain, we came prepared. The drawback remains the entry process itself and the exit strategy for getting a cab. Ours was a disaster time wise and cost.
Written February 16, 2020
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tiffno
London, UK13 contributions
anyone knows the detail seating plan of the edinburgh caslte? is the front row starts from A or another way round? am wondering if row H is the 8th row from the front or from the top...
Written August 12, 2010
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sallygoldcoast
Brisbane, Australia78 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We have just been to the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo Sydney 2019 and were quite disgusted with the show. We went for the bands and the pipes I mean that’s what it’s all about is nt it well not this one it was 25per cent bands 5 per cent pipes a bit of highland dancing and the rest rubbish - John Paul Young singing Love is in the air I mean REALLY this is supposedly the Edinburgh Tattoo not a damn pop concert. I must say the Lochiel marching team were fabulous thoroughly enjoyed them. Sadly my last Tattoo shame shame shame
Written October 18, 2019
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DMblevins
Shrewsbury, UK15 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
This was most likely our first and only time to the Tattoo so we decided to splurge on the Tattoo and Dinner Package. I searched on line for any info on the Queen Anne dinner package and could not find anything. The cost for the dinner (minus the Tattoo tickets) was similar to lunch at the Jules Vern (Eiffel Tower) or French Laundry (Napa). So our expectations were it would be a very nice meal. First the Queen Anne room is the Educational room built in the castle. The ambiance was only slightly better than any hotel conference room. The meal started with champagne and an assortment of 4 canapes in a bar area. We then went into the Queen Anne room which was set with tables and some candles. We were offered red or white wine. Both from the same vintner and served in basic generic wine glasses. The first course was smoked mackerel on grapes an tomatoes. There was no amuse bouche or soup to start. Since mackerel is smokey and oily, a sorbet or granita to cleanse the palate would have been nice. The second was venison loin with purred sweet potatoes, roasted beet and shallot. Venison is very lean and if over cooked is similar to eating leather. The venison was well done, and inedible. The vegetables were fine except several of the shallots at our table had not been peeled sufficiently, we we needed to peel off dry layers. The next course was dessert, again a nice course but no better than any typical restaurant. Then we were offered coffee or tea and a table which is a one inch piece of what in the US is called praline. No cordial, pork or whiskey offered. The producer of the Tattoo came and gave us a 5 min talk and a bag piper performed for a few minutes. We were then handed a program and rain poncho (much needed!!) and walked to the stadium. The performance was fantastic! The performers did a marvelous job even though it rained the entire time. So if going to the Tattoo, buy the premium seats, take a rain poncho even if there is no rain in the forecast, stay at a hotel within walking distance and make reservations at any of the wonderful restaurants around the castle. You will have a MUCH better dinner and $$$ ahead.
Written August 26, 2014
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RDCM
Darwin, Australia116 contributions
As an ex-military band musician who has always dreamed of seeing the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Edinburgh Castle, I could not have been more disappointed and disenfranchised. This is not a military tattoo but more a dancing show with cultural elements of which we have all seem many times before and is getting boring. The military part was the massed pipes and bands which was about 15 mins of the 1.5 hour show. What happened to the marching band display and military aspect? I strongly believe that to call it a Military Tattoo is highly misleading and false advertising. My recommendation - don't bother wasting your time or money.
Written August 23, 2014
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