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    The 2017 Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    2 night Tattoo packages that include tickets to the show & hotel accommodation

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo Packages

2017 Tattoo Packages now available

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the world's foremost celebrations of military history and pageant and remembers Scotland extraordinary contribution to British history as well as inviting bands from across the world to celebrate their skill and esprit de corps. We off a selection of Edinburgh Military Tattoo Short Breaks that combine hotel accommodation with Tattoo tickets and are the easiest way to enjoy the Tattoo if you are not living nearby.--readmore--

For 2017, Edinburgh's spectacular and world-renowned Royal Military Tattoo takes place between 5th - 27th August 2017 under the theme of "Tunes of Glory" which is both a tribute to the Queens 90th birthday as well as the long musical tradition of the British Army.

The 2017 Tattoo, which is the 68th consecutive tattoo in Edinburgh will feature, amongst others, the New Zealand Army Band and Lochiel Marching Drill Team, His Majesty The King's Guard from Norway, the Imps Motorcycle Display Team alongside the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces Band and Drill Team as well as the Massed Pipes and Drums of the Scottish Division. In all 1200 performers will feature in 2017 from as far afield as Scandinavia, the Middle East, North America, Europe and the Antipodes. Amongst the British army bands taking part will be The Band of The Household Cavalry, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Royal Regiment of Scotland and The Royal Irish Regiment. The spectacle closes with the  Lone Piper, playing high on the Castle battlements above the parade ground, whose haunting lament, The Flowers of the Forest, originally recalls the dead of Flodden Field but is today a lament for the many soldiers in armies around the world who give their today for our tomorrow.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is Scotland's biggest and best-selling spectacle, the most popular annual event on the Scottish calendar, attracting an international audience each year of some 217,000 people. We offer 2 and 3 night packages to the Tattoo that combine your accommodation and tickets to the Tattoo. 


The 2017 Tattoo (5th-26th August 2017) will be the 68th extravaganza to be staged at the Scottish capital's ancient Castle - a spectacular and inspiring backcloth for this remarkable and internationally acclaimed event. With innovative production, heart-stopping sound, imaginative graphics, state-of-the-art lighting and specially commissioned fireworks, the 90-minute show is set to captivate a large cosmopolitan audience.

The line-up of nearly 1200 performers includes hundreds of musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers.

A huge audience favourite is once again expected to be the traditional and poignant close of the evening's proceedings when the Lone Piper high on the Castle ramparts plays a haunting lament, before the colourful, cosmopolitan cast march off the Esplanade to the strains of famous  pipe melody, The Black Bear.

Other information about the Edinburgh Military Tattoo:

  • Doors open 45 minutes before Tattoo performance.
  • Duration of Military Tattoo programme: 1.5 hours.
  • Children of 3 and under admitted free of charge provided they sit on an adults lap.
  • The management reserve the right of admission.
  • In the event of any part of the performance being cancelled through inclement weather, tickets are not valid for any other performance and money will not be refunded. No performance has ever been cancelled.

Seats Available in Tattoo Packages:

All our seats are allocated in the mid tier seats. Most of them are in Areas 3,4,5,12,13,14 although we may have some seats in 2 & 15. The areas in quetion are all coloured YELLOW in the diagram of the arena below.

tattoo seats sm

Our Tattoo Packages

Edinburgh Tattoo Day Tour

A day tour of Highlands + Tattoo at the end, with visits to a distillery (inc dram), mountains of Perthshire. At the end of the day enjoy an evening at the world famous Edinburgh Militatry Tattoo. Runs 5th-27th August NOT Sundays.

  • Prices From: £115
  • Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

2 Night Tattoo Break at The Place Boutique Hotel

2 Night tattoo break at Edinburgh's new 4 star boutique hotel: The Place in Georgian New Town. Available all day. Prices based on two sharing twin or double.

  • Prices From: £298
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo 2017 at Edinburgh Capital

2 night break in Edinburgh staying at Best Western Edinburgh Capital Hotel. Available between 4th - 26th August 2017.

  • Prices From: £270
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo 2017 Holiday Inn 2 Night Package

2 night break in Edinburgh staying at Holiday Inn Express in the city centre. Available between 4th - 26th August 2017 including weekends. Mid-tier tickets inc.

  • Prices From: £298
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo 2017 Holiday Inn Leith Package

2 night break in Edinburgh staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Leith. Available between 5th - 26th August 2017 including weekends. Three mid-tier tickets included in package. Package can be configured for one night. Perfect for couple & child.

  • Prices From: £220
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo Apartment Package

Excellent Package for groups of 4 or 5 who want to stay together in the centre of town and look after themselves. (Can sleep up to 5) Includes 2 nights & tattoo tickets at level 2. 

  • Prices From: £220
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo Braids Hill Break

2 night Tattoo break in Edinburgh staying at Braid Hills Hotel on the SW outskirts of Edinburgh.  Packages available Tues, Thurs. Saturday.  Package includes 2 nights B&B + 1 dinner + Lower tier tattoo tickets.

  • Prices From: £235
  • Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Edinburgh Tattoo Inn Place Package

2 night Tattoo break in Edinburgh staying at 4 star The Inn Place in the Old Town on the winding Cockburn Street. Packages available between 4th - 26th August 2017.  Package includes 2 nights + tattoo tickets.

  • Prices From: £320
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo Motel 1 Edinburgh Princes Package

2 night Tattoo break in Edinburgh staying at "hip" Motel One on Edinburgh Princes Street. Packages available between 4th - 26th August 2017. 

  • Prices From: £345
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo Motel 1 Edinburgh Royal Package

2 night Tattoo break in Edinburgh staying at "hip" budget Motel One in Edinburgh Old Town. Packages available between 4th - 26th August 2017. 

  • Prices From: £345
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo Package at Dunstane Hotel

2 night package in Edinburgh staying at the 4+ star Dunstane House Hotel in west Edinburgh. Packages starting from 4th - 26th August 2017 including weekends. Mid-tier tickets included.

  • Prices From: £391
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo Package at Mercure Edinburgh Quayside

2 night package in Edinburgh staying at the 4 star Mercure Quayside in west Edinburgh. Packages starting from 5th - 27th August 2016 including weekends. Mid-tier tickets included.

  • Prices From: £326
  • Days: Every Day

Edinburgh Tattoo Weekend Break at 4* George Hotel

A fantastic Tattoo package with 2 nights accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town staying at the 4 star George Hotel and a ticket to the Saturday night Tattoo performance with fireworks!

  • Prices From: £486
  • Days: Friday

Weekend Tattoo Package at 3* Ibis South Bridge

A fantastic Tattoo package with 2 nights accommodation in Edinburgh's Old Town with a ticket to the Saturday night Tattoo performance that culminates with a fireworks display!

  • Prices From: £336
  • Days: Friday

2017 Tattoo Packages now available

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the world's foremost celebrations of military history and pageant and remembers Scotland extraordinary contribution to British history as well as inviting bands from across the world to celebrate their skill and esprit de corps. We off a selection of Edinburgh Military Tattoo Short Breaks that combine hotel accommodation with Tattoo tickets and are the easiest way to enjoy the Tattoo if you are not living nearby.--readmore--

For 2017, Edinburgh's spectacular and world-renowned Royal Military Tattoo takes place between 5th - 27th August 2017 under the theme of "Tunes of Glory" which is both a tribute to the Queens 90th birthday as well as the long musical tradition of the British Army.

The 2017 Tattoo, which is the 68th consecutive tattoo in Edinburgh will feature, amongst others, the New Zealand Army Band and Lochiel Marching Drill Team, His Majesty The King's Guard from Norway, the Imps Motorcycle Display Team alongside the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces Band and Drill Team as well as the Massed Pipes and Drums of the Scottish Division. In all 1200 performers will feature in 2017 from as far afield as Scandinavia, the Middle East, North America, Europe and the Antipodes. Amongst the British army bands taking part will be The Band of The Household Cavalry, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Royal Regiment of Scotland and The Royal Irish Regiment. The spectacle closes with the  Lone Piper, playing high on the Castle battlements above the parade ground, whose haunting lament, The Flowers of the Forest, originally recalls the dead of Flodden Field but is today a lament for the many soldiers in armies around the world who give their today for our tomorrow.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is Scotland's biggest and best-selling spectacle, the most popular annual event on the Scottish calendar, attracting an international audience each year of some 217,000 people. We offer 2 and 3 night packages to the Tattoo that combine your accommodation and tickets to the Tattoo. 


The 2017 Tattoo (5th-26th August 2017) will be the 68th extravaganza to be staged at the Scottish capital's ancient Castle - a spectacular and inspiring backcloth for this remarkable and internationally acclaimed event. With innovative production, heart-stopping sound, imaginative graphics, state-of-the-art lighting and specially commissioned fireworks, the 90-minute show is set to captivate a large cosmopolitan audience.

The line-up of nearly 1200 performers includes hundreds of musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers.

A huge audience favourite is once again expected to be the traditional and poignant close of the evening's proceedings when the Lone Piper high on the Castle ramparts plays a haunting lament, before the colourful, cosmopolitan cast march off the Esplanade to the strains of famous  pipe melody, The Black Bear.

Other information about the Edinburgh Military Tattoo:

  • Doors open 45 minutes before Tattoo performance.
  • Duration of Military Tattoo programme: 1.5 hours.
  • Children of 3 and under admitted free of charge provided they sit on an adults lap.
  • The management reserve the right of admission.
  • In the event of any part of the performance being cancelled through inclement weather, tickets are not valid for any other performance and money will not be refunded. No performance has ever been cancelled.

Seats Available in Tattoo Packages:

All our seats are allocated in the mid tier seats. Most of them are in Areas 3,4,5,12,13,14 although we may have some seats in 2 & 15. The areas in quetion are all coloured YELLOW in the diagram of the arena below.

tattoo seats sm