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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:
5 Aug 2016 - 27 Aug 2016
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10:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Edinburgh Military tattoo is an annual series of Military tattoos...

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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Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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In June 2016 I decided to arrange a five day stay in Edinburgh for the Festivals. It had to include seats for the Military Tattoo but I had already left it too late to get... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In June 2016 I decided to arrange a five day stay in Edinburgh for the Festivals. It had to include seats for the Military Tattoo but I had already left it too late to get 'ordinary' seats as it is so popular. The only way we could get to see the show was to buy one of the expensive hospitality... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the Edinburgh Military Tattoo with my husband as part of a long awaited holiday. We had attended the Scottish Whisky experience prior to the tattoo as part of the Wallace package. This ensured we had great seats (about halfway up Section 4) with a comprehensive view. Weather was kind to us even though we had gone prepared- rain... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful displays all performers are amazing spectacular people from all over the world show is good for all ages

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Royal Tattoo is a must if you're in Edinburgh during the month of August. Tickets aren't always easy to come by, so book early, if possible. The spectacle of the various pipe bands and dancing and miscellaneous performance troupes against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle is one you'll never forget. The lone piper atop the castle to start... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb viewing position on the Castle Esplanade easily seen from all round with the castle in the background. One drawback open to the elements and weather so wrap up well. Castle situated within easy reach of the City. Suitable for all age groups

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Edinburgh military tattoo is best show to watch and enjoy. Many artist from different country perform in here.too good to see should not miss it if you are around it.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous .. excellent setting and amazing performance .. weather was incredible and fireworks spectacular

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This will be the best night of your life, just everything about it is Scotland From the amazing views to the live music not forgetting the locals "They make it all possible"

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic experience - sitting under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, and watching the pipe bands come out of the huge wooden door into the esplananade, pipe music filling the air, is just magic. I attend every year!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo never disappoints, it is a magical evening for any age group. With the castle as it's back drop the performances are mesmerising.

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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-flavoured 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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