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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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Johnston Terrace | Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 1QB, Scotland
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+44 131 225 1188
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Reviewed yesterday

We planned ahead and bought Jacobite Packages before our trip. The evening commenced with a great dinner in the Castle and a walk down to the parade grounds for the "show." In reality this was a collection of parades spanning the globe in completely surprising...More

Thank G9253KZpatrickc
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is an annual event in Edinburgh during the festival, a must see. Highly recommended. Performers from different commonwealth countries. Held outdoors at Edinburgh castle. Make sure you take a rain coat/umbrella, just incase.

Thank Gail G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fantastic show well organised from the approach on the royal mile to when you are all herded out. Seat choice is important, the east seats being the better view. Be aware of the steep steps. Take a cushion !

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of the best shows in the Edinburgh Festival if not the best what a spectical, not to be missed everyone should go at least once, book as soon as tickets go on sale Enjoy Every year is different as it involves people...More

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 2 days ago

This review is based on the 2016 show, the 2017 show will come in August. My wife and I have been several times over a period of years, Considering not only the widely available TV recording but also a world-wide success of the Tattoo (after...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 2 days ago

this is the most spectacular event you will ever see in your lifetime,if you can get a ticket its a must see.

Thank meerkatdave
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went with my parents from Australia and it was one of the highlights of their trip. Had my miserable wife there at the time and even that didn't dampen the spirit of the tattoo, simply awesome.

Thank Damyan W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It will be the best thing you will ever see if you don't go you will kick your self every one should go

Thank Douglas M
Reviewed 2 days ago

U can never come to Edinburgh during the festival and not see the tattoo. Sitting up in the asplanade looking down on all the regiments and artist is outstanding. But u r in Scotland so remember b prepared for the weather, wee folding umbrella a...More

Thank maureen1949
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very moving experience and attended by people from all over the world. The guset artists also come from all over and the experience is one of friendship from across the globe. Our friends from America got rather wet so do prepare for...More

Thank Christine L
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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Please clarify for me what you can take in to the Tattoo. I have read on TA to bring blanket , cushion, jacket, raincoat , plastic poncho and umbrella. But I have also read that umbrellas are not allowed. I was thinking of bringing a backpack for the extra layers but I read there is a bag check at entry. I am not sure if that means you must leave your bags there or that the bags are searched. Would a long sleeve tee shirt, fleece jacket and waterproof raincoat be enough layers or do I need a down jacket also? Thanks so much.
May 24, 2017|
Response from Angela1678 | Reviewed this property |
Bags get checked but can be taken with you. No umbrellas but the idea you have of the layers is good. I say definitely bring raincoat
Melissa H
I just confirmed tickets to the Tattoo for August 14. I will be travelling with my 14 year old daughter. She asked the all-important question: "What do we wear?" Honestly, I didn't think about it.... I just returned home from Scotland about 2 weeks ago, and understand the weather is a bit unpredictable, and wasn't sure how the summer weather would be. We're Chicagoans, so we are used to the cold and wind, but our summers are incredibly hot and humid, and we aren't exactly sure what to expect in Edinburgh. Also, is the Tattoo a formal event? In asking this, I mean, is it expected that ladies wear dressier attire (no blue jeans, t-shirts or other casual wear)? Does anyone have any recommendations? Or, if you have been, what did you wear? Just wondering, as we do not want to be disrespectful or look like total idiots. Thanks in advance!! Melissa
April 7, 2017|
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Response from EdinTattoo | Property representative |
Hi Melissa, thank you for getting in touch. Although the Tattoo takes place in the summer, it can get a little chilly when the sun goes down so we do ask that guests dress accordingly. Unless you have a ticket for a dinner... More
Are seats better in higher or lower sections. Looking at sections 6,7,10 or 11.
March 29, 2017|
Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
I prefer the higher sections. I enjoy a wide view of the show and fireworks.