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Why book direct

  • Best rates – we’re never cheaper elsewhere
  • Free room upgrades for stays of 3 nights or more (Nov–Mar)
  • Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne with suite bookings
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Reduced rates for local attractions

Every year in Edinburgh, during the month of august the military tattoo attracts some 222,000 spectaculars during the three weeks the show runs. Returning from the 2nd – 24th August this year to Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo will present ‘Kaleidoscope’, a celebration of glorious symmetries! The Tattoo offers displays of music, dance and performances by the pipes and drums along with the lone piper, all against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Some history behind The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo brings thousands of people from across the globe together for an annual festival to recognize international music and entertainment. It was conceived in 1950 and first performed by the Army of Scotland at the Edinburgh International Festival. The first producer of the Tattoo was Lieutenant Colonel George Malcolm who aimed to bring the Army’s contribution to the Edinburgh International Festival to life. A tattoo is a ceremonial performance of military music derived from the curfew cries of innkeepers in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Where does The Edinburgh Tattoo take place?

This iconic Tattoo takes place on the Esplanade of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. The show includes musicians, singers, and dancers, all celebrating the history and heritage of the Scottish people. Past performers include The Tattoo Dance Company, the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Hjaltibonhoga’s fiddlers, and the Massed Pipes & Drums. But don’t be surprised to see some international flavour from guest talent who may bring New Orleans jazz, steel bands, elephants, Mariachi music, and even motorcycle stunt drivers.

There are performances from Monday to Friday at 9.00pm, and two shows on a Saturday starting at 7.30pm and 10.30pm. They are just over an hour and a half long come rain or shine so consider bringing waterproof jacket’s as the seating is open air. Some nights feature flyovers by the Queen’s Colour Squadron, and all performances conclude with a fireworks display, subject to weather conditions. Watch for a Preview Night just before the beginning of the Tattoo’s run, tickets for this event are half-price and usually go on sale in July. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is bigger, better and even more technically thrilling than ever before and cannot be missed! We highly recommend booking tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased directly on the official Royal Military Tattoo website here.

This year, ‘Kaleidoscope’ will aim to capture the imagination of the audience with music, light, and colour. The 2019 Tattoo is inspired by the optical invention created by Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster in 1816. The Tattoo is an experience for the senses celebrating magnificent symmetries through precision-led performances. The British Army will be at the front of the display with military and cultural acts from across the world. Joined by the fantastic Massed Pipes and Drums, Tattoo Dance Company Pipers Trail and Hjaltibonhoga performing throughout the spectacle.

Staying at the Dunstane Houses

Refined, relaxed, a little romantic and a lot luxurious, The Dunstane Houses is an independent, family-run, five-star boutique hotel, over 2 Victorian townhouses set across the road from each other, that offer guests the best of the Scottish capital. Set in two newly refurbished heritage buildings quite unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before, The Dunstane Houses is a breath of fresh Orkney air in the heart of Edinburgh.

You get the best of all worlds at The Dunstane. Although the hotel is in West Coates, a mainly residential area, you’re still only minutes from Edinburgh’s Princes Street and city centre attractions. Edinburgh Airport is a straight and easy fifteen-minute drive from the hotel, while the city’s Haymarket train station is also near. But do hurry! Just like the Tattoo tickets, our festival accommodation books up fast!