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Edinburgh & the Tattoo

Experience the world-famous spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Edinburgh Tattoo is the most spectacular show in the world, enjoyed by an international television audience of 100 million.  Now here’s your chance to join the live audience over its three-week season on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Tickets for this most famous of Scottish events have always been in high demand and sell out months in advance.

This short break can also be combined with any of our other holidays, just ask.

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Enjoy a three night stay in our hand-picked four star hotel located in Edinburgh together with top price stand tickets for the event.  These short breaks are designed so you can, with our expert local knowledge, enjoy the very best of the capital in the buzzing festival month of August – perhaps also including a show from the International Festival or world famous Festival Fringe. Of course, you can link this experience into a longer tailor-made tour of Scotland, too – just advise us at time of enquiry.

The 2020 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Celebrating its 70th Anniversary

The 2020 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will take place over the period 7-29 August with performances on Monday to Friday at 9.00pm and on Saturday at 7.30pm and 10.30pm. There is no performance on Sunday.

The Tattoo has embarked on its own distinctive path since 1950, meaning that this year, the world-class event will celebrate its 70th birthday, honouring the traditional anniversary gift for this occasion, under the theme ‘The Platinum Edition’.

The Royal Navy, known as the Senior Service for being the eldest of the British Armed Forces, is the lead for 2020. Fittingly, the spectacular show will commemorate the rich maritime heritage of the Royal Navy and tie into Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. Featuring an international cast of more than 1,000 for a 100-minute programme set to music and beautifully lit on the Castle Esplanade, it will make for highly memorable evening.

The show will pay homage to the Tattoo’s sustained legacy in Edinburgh over the past seven decades including its enduring ability to link the Armed Forces with society and bring people together to celebrate the cultures and heritage of allies and friends.

Your Hotel

You will stay in a boutique, country-style four-star small hotel close to Holyrood Park, to the south of the centre of this captivating city. Here you will enjoy Victorian grandeur and elegance – with all the benefits of modern day service, comfort and Scottish hospitality. Built in 1874 and magnificently restored your hotel offers a charming warm and friendly atmosphere and the perfect retreat for a short break. The city centre is easily accessed by local bus or short taxi ride.


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This short break to the 2019 Tattoo is based in Edinburgh, which can be easily reached by train or plane from elsewhere in the UK. A car is not necessary to explore the city during your stay.


Priced at £495 per person based on 2 people sharing double or twin room ensuite, for 3 nights as described on a bed & breakfast basis in our hand-picked 4 star hotel. Price includes a ticket for an East Stand seat for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

We would also be happy to tailor-make longer holidays or self-drive tours to other parts of Scotland.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including directions to your accommodation, Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival information, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All holidays and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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This three night short break can be requested in August 2019. The Tattoo will take place from August 2nd  to 24th in 2019.

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