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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 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
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Johnston Terrace | Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 1QB, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

See the title it says it all! A must for any music lover. You’ll come awaylooking for cds of the Red Hot Chili Pipers! Yes I said Pipers.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a local we can be totally forgot about during August but I love being able to see the tattoo every year with family and friends. Weather is hit or miss but the quality on display never is.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely fabulous! This is a must-see. We loved it so much that we went two times. The first time we took a lot of pictures. The second time we just sat back and enjoyed everything.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very theatrical so if you like that kind of thing, this would be a good event to attend. It was very crowded. The performances by the children were sweet and we enjoyed that part the best.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic atmosphere and parade. Very skilled and well choreographed show with plenty of variety. Will be going again.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute must do during the Edinburgh Festival. This is an annual trip for us and we have never been disappointed, even when the weather does not play ball. Not to be missed!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All the performances are so amazing, at the end the audience all sing auld Lang syne, which always brings a tear to my eye, fantastic night out

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I witnessed my first tattoo and was not disappointed. An amazing performance with a real Scottish flair! Can’t wait to see it again this year!!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the main reason for our visit It was a beautiful performance very moving great music so many international performers and spectators

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Reviewed 4 June 2018

That was a given really. This would have to be one of those events on everyone's bucket list. Very cold the night we attended but at least it didn't rain. The whole show was stunning with all the pomp and ceremony expected. The precision had...More

1  Thank Dudley S
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Boysie0
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Response from kirstieharps | Reviewed this property |
I believe it’s a couple of hours
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K B
21 June 2018|
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Response from Need2Dance | Reviewed this property |
There are variety of different shows. Some you can. Buy just before your show some you'll need to pre book if more popular. Most shows I believe are queue up but the Tattoo does allocate seats.
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margaret c
14 June 2018|
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you cam walk from the castle to waverly station where you can get train to glasgow
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