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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Address: Johnston Terrace | Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 1QB, Scotland
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+44 131 225 1188
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Event dates:
Aug 5, 2016 - Aug 27, 2016
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Royal Edinburgh Military tattoo is an annual series of Military tattoos...

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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Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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We went to the late Saturday evening show, great as the sky gets dark. Love all the bands, pipes and dancers something for everyone. Great way to spend an evening, great... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the late Saturday evening show, great as the sky gets dark. Love all the bands, pipes and dancers something for everyone. Great way to spend an evening, great atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

From start to finish this was truly amazing. If you're having doubt about going GO! The warm welcome from the staff and announcement is fantastic and welcoming as is the help with getting people to leave orderly so you're not feeling overwhelmed by the amount of people. But I must say that the event it's self is phenomenal! Keeps you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would visit the Edinburgh tattoo every summer as a kid and went back when in my 40s, it was still enjoyable and a lively evening. The lone piper playing his bagpipes form the walls of the castle is still very moving. Enough to keep kids entertained and adults interested and being in the castle grounds on a warm summer... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I remember going to the Tattoo when i was younger and there was a lot more variety but that said, it is still a great show which a lot of time and effort goes in to. The performers have such good attention to detail. We were lucky enough to get the seats above the entrance so we had a straight... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Travelodge Cameron Toll close to the city and situated on a major road leading into the city. A bus service is available. I drove to Edinburgh from Chester Le Street Co. Durham which took less than 2hrs. Part of my Tattoo package included dinner at the Cannon Ball restaurant adjacent to the Castle entrance. The atmosphere... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first time at the Tattoo and we weren't disappointed. The weather stayed fair for us but to be honest it wouldn't have mattered the entire show was fantastic makes us proud to be scottish. Highly recommend you go see it magnificent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very special historic surroundings and impressive and entertaining show with an uncomplicated and friendly staff. The event will be remembered for life.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the Tattoo in August of 2015. I wasn't totally sure what to expect at the Military Tattoo, but I was both thoroughly surprised and impressed! It included a ton of music and military demonstrations from all over the world, and was fun for all types of crowds-- families with young children, couples, friends, and more. If you're... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is an experience you will never see again you have to try and see it you will love it then before it you can visit the old town there is plenty of shops and restaurants to go to and you will get the history of Scotland and wyle you are there visit the voilts the city under the capital... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No one can visit Edinburgh without a visit to the Tatoo. Best in the world. Even natives of Edinburgh go regularly. You'll not find anything else that shows the Scottish heritage of songand dance. The venue is spectacular. The bands from around the world enjoy coming back again and again. The lone piper at the end of the tatoo is... More 

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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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