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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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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Johnston Terrace | Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 1QB, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 1188
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must of residents and tourists alike. The whole event from the location to the music to the atmosphere are simply incredible. We went as a group of 9 including three under 13 year olds and we all really enjoyed ourselves. The event...More

Thank Grahamlaw85
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a wonderful time we had the cheap seats and still had a great view not as big as I thought it would be but lovely how can have photo and talk to the cast before and after

Thank Lucy F
Reviewed yesterday

A wonderful experience in a truly magnificent setting. You can't help but be moved by the sound of the massed pipes and bands. Truly wonderful evening.

Thank Dajari63
Reviewed yesterday

Absolutely well worth going to if you love pageantry and music. The show was brilliant and was extremely well organised. Although there was added security, the queues moved along really well as there were lots of volunteers keeping the flow going. The lone piper playing...More

Thank sylvie28031956
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We attended the show earlier this week. It blew away any expectations we had. The combination of music, artistry and visual effects were phenomenal. I would go again if I could but we must head back to the USA. One tip - it gets cold...More

Thank Sam18Wil
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fantastic entertainment showcasing the best of Scottish music and it's influences around the world. The atmosphere is brilliant. Well organised event. The fireworks are spectacular.

Thank Midhill
Reviewed 2 days ago

We ordered our tickets in December and traveled in August. The weather during our visit was mixed but warm for the most part. We got lucky and the evening was cool but dry. The show started on time and was fantastic to the end. Well...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was our second time to see the Tattoo and we were not disappointed. We were very lucky this time to have amazing weather! We went to the early show this year and I have to say, I like the later shows because they light...More

Thank Erika S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had never even heard of the Royal Tattoo until our taxi driver told us about it. We managed to get tickets and I am so happy that we did. Even worth paying more than face value to get in. It was most amazing experience...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Attended late night performance - fabulous fast paced entertaining show. We'd bought the cheapest tickets months ago and seats and view were super. Seat cushion worth the extra £1. Would highly recommend.

Thank Alison S
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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August 19, 2017|
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Response from EdinTattoo | Property representative |
Hi Michelle, You will be seated with other people on the Package, with table communal for all guests. Dress code is smart, but worth remembering that you will be seated outdoors for the performance and it may be... More
August 17, 2017|
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Response from EdinTattoo | Property representative |
If you visit our Box Office at 1 Cockburn Street, there is a chance we will have had some tickets returned. You can also call the Box Office on 0131-225-1188.
Catherine M
August 12, 2017|
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Response from EdinTattoo | Property representative |
We have never cancelled a show in our 67 year history, so please prepare for rain if forecast!