The Edinburgh Castle Esplanade is the spectacular home of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
|Fri 02 Aug||9.30pm|
|Sat 03 Aug||6:15pm and 9:30pm|
|Mon 05 Aug||9.30pm|
|Tue 06 Aug||9.30pm|
|Wed 07 Aug||9.30pm|
|Thu 08 Aug||9.30pm|
|Fri 09 Aug||6:15 and 9:30pm|
|Sat 10 Aug||6:15pm and 9:30pm|
|Mon 12 Aug||9.30pm|
|Tue 13 Aug||9.30pm|
|Tue 13 Aug||9.30pm|
|Wed 14 Aug||9.30pm|
|Thu 15 Aug||9:30pm|
|Fri 16 Aug||9:30pm|
|Sat 17 Aug||6:15pm and 9.30pm|
|Mon 19 Aug||9.30pm|
|Tue 20 Aug||9.30pm|
|Wed 21 Aug||9.30pm|
|Thu 22 Aug||9:30pm|
|Fri 23 Aug||9:30pm|
|Sat 24 Aug||6:15pm and 9:30pm|
TV Filming: Some performances will be filmed for broadcast at a later date
AD: Audio Description
The closest bus stop to the venue is located on George IV Bridge which is approximately 300 metres from the Tattoo Arena. 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 www.lothianbuses.com.
Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is a short walk of approximately 10 minutes from the venue. Further details regarding train services can be found at www.travelinescotland.com.
Parking is not available at the Tattoo Arena. For a map and street guide to the main car parks in the centre of Edinburgh visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk/parking.
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 https://edinburghtrams.com/.
The Tattoo Queue
There is only one queue to access The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and this starts at Johnston Terrace. Please see map below for reference.
What if I have extra support needs?
Our Box Office can be reached on +44 (0) 131 225 1188, Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm.
Small backpacks and bags are permitted, however bags over A4 size will not be allowed into the venue.
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.
Umbrellas are not permitted to be used in the arena.
No cans or glass bottles
Bottles (more than 750ml), cans or glass containers will not be permitted in the venue. Please note, containers under 750ml will only be permitted if they are unopened.
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.
Alcohol purchased outside the venue will not be permitted.
No hot food purchased outside the arena will be permitted.
No sharp objects
Any item which may be interpreted as a potential weapon including sharp or pointed objects (eg.knives) 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.
Parking is not available at the venue. Edinburgh Council has more information about parking in the city centre.
Assistance dogs can only be accommodated in the disabled area at the front of Sections 1-4 or 12-17. Please contact the Box Office on +44 (0)131 225 1188 to arrange suitable seating.
Wheelchair accessible seating is available and is shown on our seating plan.
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.
Information about Personal Audio Description equipment will be available soon. Anyone wishing to access this facility should contact the Tattoo Office for further details, all equipment is subject to availability.
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 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. Access to the wheelchair areas in Section 1–4 and 12–17 is via a ramp and access to the wheelchair area in Section 10 is by way of an elevator. Wheelchair spaces can be purchased by calling the Tattoo Office on +44 (0) 131 225 1188 or emailing email@example.com.
Each wheelchair ticket will admit one wheelchair user (who must arrive in and remain in their wheelchair throughout the performance) and one essential companion.
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 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the number of seats in the wheelchair and accessible seating 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.
Accessible Vehicle Passes
Monday to Friday performances (excluding Friday 9 August 2024) allow for a vehicle convoy to drop off wheelchair and accessible ticket holders on the Castle Esplanade, prior to the show start. Spaces in the convoy are limited and must be arrange with the Tattoo Office by calling +44 (0) 131 225 1188 or emailing email@example.com.
Accessible toilets are are available within the venue on ground level under the stands and beside wheelchair Section 10. A changing places facility is also available just inside the venue entrance.
Modular Changing Place
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.
For further information about our event, please see FAQs here.