The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Finale

The venue

The Edinburgh Castle Esplanade is the spectacular home of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

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Seating areas

Seating Plan

Accessible Seating

Wheelchair seating


Date Time
Fri 05 Aug 9.00pm
Sat 06 Aug 6:15pm and 9:30pm Timings subject to change
Mon 08 Aug 9.00pm
Tue 09 Aug 9.00pm
Wed 10 Aug 9.00pm
Thu 11 Aug 9.00pm AD
Fri 12 Aug 9:00pm
Sat 13 Aug 6:15pm and 9:30pm Timings subject to change
Mon 15 Aug 9.00pm
Tue 16 Aug 9.00pm
Wed 17 Aug 9.00pm
Thu 18 Aug 9.00pm
Fri 19 Aug 9:00pm TV
Sat 20 Aug 6:15pm and 9:30pm Timings subject to change TV
Mon 22 Aug 9.00pm
Tue 23 Aug 9.00pm
Wed 24 Aug 9.00pm
Thu 25 Aug 9.00pm
Fri 26 Aug 6:15pm and 9:30pm Timings subject to change
Sat 27 Aug 6:15pm and 9:30pm Timings subject to change
  • TV: Some performances will be filmed for broadcast.

  • AD: Audio Description will be available on 4 August & 11th August 2022. Please contact the Tattoo Office for more information.

Getting here

By bus

The closest bus stop to the venue is located on George IV Bridge which is approximately 300 metres from the Castle Esplanade. George IV Bridge is serviced by Lothian Buses. Edinburgh Bus Station is located approximately a 15 minute walk from the venue. Further details regarding bus routes and timetables can be found at

By train

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is a short walk of approximately 10 minutes from the venue. Further details regarding train services can be found at 

There is planned rail strike activity ongoing. If you are travelling by train, we encourage you to check train services are in operation before travelling.

By car

Parking is not available at the venue. For a map and street guide to the main car parks in the centre of Edinburgh visit

By tram

Edinburgh Trams operate between Edinburgh Airport and St Andrews Square, operating a 'Park & Ride' service at Ingliston. The Princes Street Tram stop is approximately 7 minutes walk from the venue. Further details regarding tram services can be found at

Edinburgh Trams have extended their operating hours on Friday and Saturday nights during the Edinburgh Festivals. You can find their late-night operating times here.

The Tattoo queue

There is only one queue to access The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and this starts at Johnstone Terrace. Please see map below for reference. 

What if I have extra support needs?

If you have any concerns regarding your Tattoo visit, please contact us on +44 (0) 131 225 1188. Our phone lines are open Monday to Friday 10:00am (BST) - 4:30pm (BST).

Venue information


Large backpacks and rucksacks over 20 litres will not be permitted in the venue. All bags brought into the venue will be searched which may lead to longer queuing times.


Toilets, including accessible toilets, are available.


We advise that you dress appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions and bring a warm and waterproof layer of clothing if necessary.

No umbrellas

Umbrellas are not permitted to be used in the arena.

No cans or glass bottles

Bottles (more than 500ml), cans or glass containers will not be permitted in the venue.

No flash photography

Photographs and videos (of less than two minutes) may be taken but should not be used for purposes of commercial gain. The use of tripods and monopods, and flash photography are forbidden.

No alcohol

Alcohol purchased outside the venue will not be permitted.

No sharp objects

Any item which may be interpreted as a potential weapon including sharp or pointed objects (eg.knifes) will not be permitted in the venue.

No laser pens

Laser pens will not be permitted in the venue.

No illegal substances

Illegal substances will not be permitted in the venue.

No smoking or vaping

Smoking, or vaping, is not permitted within the venue. 

No parking

Parking is not available at the venue. Edinburgh Council has more information about parking in the city centre.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs can only be accommodated in the disabled area at the front of Sections 1-4  or 12-17.  Please contact the Tattoo Office for more information.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair accessible seating is available and is shown on our seating plan.

Hearing difficulties

A Personal PA System (Neckloop Induction Coil for use with hearing aids equipped with a 'T' switch), is available for all performances. Anyone wishing to access this facility should contact the Tattoo Office for further details, all equipment is subject to availability.

Vision impaired

Personal Audio Description equipment will be available for the Preview Performance on Thursday 4 August 2022 at 9:30pm and the performance on Thursday 11 August 2022 at 9.00pm. Anyone wishing to access this facility should contact the Tattoo Office for further details, all equipment is subject to availability

Food & drink

Innis & Gunn

Thanks to our headline sponsors Innis & Gunn you can pre-order a range of refreshing beverages ahead of Showtime. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available. Pre-order for collection here. 

Cash bars will also be in operation at the venue. Please note, all bars will close 10 minutes prior to the performance start time and remain closed during the performance. 

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase on site. 

There are water stations throughout the venue for filling up water bottles. Please ensure that any bottles brought on site are less than 500ml. 

Coach parking

Special arrangements have been made at designated locations near to Edinburgh Castle. This allows coaches to drop off and pick up spectators within walking distance of our venue. Please note, coach parking must be arranged in advance. To enquire about coach drop off or coach parking, please contact the Tattoo Box Office for further details.

Disabled access and facilities

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is Scotland’s biggest, bestselling outdoor spectacle. The venue itself is situated in the most popular part of the city on Edinburgh Castle’s doorstep, high above the skyline. For this reason, patrons with limited mobility, those with heart or respiratory problems and those that suffer from vertigo, may find access more challenging. However, we do not want anyone to miss out, so if you are in any doubts whatsoever about the venue accessibility, we recommend that you contact the Tattoo Office to discuss your particular requirements.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair spaces which include the admission of one essential companion are located at the front of Sections 1-4 and 12-17 and at the top of Section 10. Wheelchair spaces can be purchased by calling the Tattoo Office on +44 (0) 131 225 1188.

Ticket holders in wheelchairs and their attendants can be seated in designated areas ahead of the main crowd. 

While we do not provide wheelchairs for guests, every effort is made to assist ticket holders into their seats when we have the resources to do so.

Accessible seating access

Accessible seating is available in the front row of Sections 12-17 and only 5 steps from ground level. Accessible seating can be purchased by calling the Tattoo Office on +44 (0)131 225 1188.

As the number of seats in the wheelchair and ambulant disabled areas are limited it may not be possible to sit your whole party together, as such it may be necessary to separate your party. We will however do our best to allocate seating for accompanying relatives or friends as close as possible.

Disabled vehicle passes

Performances on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (excluding Friday 26th) allow for a vehicle convoy to drop off wheelchair and accessible seating ticket holders on the Castle Esplanade prior to the show start. Please note, spaces in the vehicle convoy are limited and must be arranged with the Tattoo Office ahead of the event. To do so please contact or call +44 (0) 131 225 1188.


Accessible toilets are available within the venue.

Modular Changing Place

New for 2022, we have installed a modular changing place toilet at our venue. Supplied and installed by Innova Care Concepts, the unit includes specialist healthcare equipment such as an overhead hoist system.

Low-level ramp access

Low-level seating is easy to access from the Esplanade via ramps. Seating is designed so that wheelchairs are interspersed with essential companion seating alongside.