Complete guide to the Edinburgh Tattoo 2019

One of the highlights of the cultural calendar is the annual Edinburgh Tattoo. We have put together a comprehensive guide to the Edinburgh Tattoo 2019 to provide you with all of the information you could wish to know about the 70th running of this world-renowned event!

Updated for 2019 - 2019.02.10

Edinburgh Tattoo 2019 Dates

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place between the 2nd and 24th of August 2019. If you want to see a performance then you can do so at the following times:

Friday3rd August9.00pm
Saturday4th August7.30pm
Saturday4th August10.30pmExtended Fireworks Display
Monday6th August9.00pm
Tuesday7th August9.00pm
Wednesday8th August9.00pm
Thursday9 August9.00pmAudio service for visually impaired visitors
Friday10 August9.00pm
Saturday11 August7.30pm
Saturday11 August10.30pmExtended Fireworks Display
Monday13 August9.00pmTV
Tuesday14 August9.00pmTV
Wednesday15 August9.00pmTV
Thursday16 August9.00pmTV
Friday17 August9.00pmTV
Saturday18 August7.30pm
Saturday18 August10.30pmExtended Fireworks Display
Monday20 August9.00pm
Tuesday21 August9.00pm
Wednesday22 August9.00pm
Thursday23 August9.00pm
Friday24 August9.00pm
Saturday25 August7.30pm
Saturday25 August10.30pmExtended Fireworks Display

How to get Edinburgh Tattoo 2019 tickets?

Tickets for the Edinburgh Tattoo in 2019 are in high demand. Once you have a specific day in mind then you should book through a major, reputable ticket vendor.

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Edinburgh Tattoo Tours

Due to the global popularity of the Edinburgh Tattoo, tour operators put on tours dedicated to the event. With so many on the market, we have highlighted a couple to give you a flavour of the options while also pointing you in the direction of the best value providers!

  1. Coach holiday to Edinburgh with Shearings

Shearings run a very popular 5 day tour that takes in the Tattoo as well as giving you the freedom and time to explore the magnificent Scottish capital. You will stay in a beautiful and superbly situated hotel with transport and meals taken care of for you. Take the stress out of organising and leave it up to the experts!

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2. Family-friendly Edinburgh Tattoo city breaks 

Superbreaks are a very well respected city break company who know how to make sure you have a super break! They have put together a dedicated package that is perfect for couples and families alike for 2018.

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Where to stay for the Edinburgh Tattoo?

Use our handy deals finder below to get the best priced hotels to book for your city break to Edinburgh. If you are aiming for luxury then make sure you check out our guide to 5 star hotels in Edinburgh here.

How long is the Edinburgh Tattoo show?

The performance is approximately 100 minutes including the firework display. Give yourself time either side of the performance to make sure you have time to enjoy the full experience without rushing to take your seat in time or to be jumping up at the end!

Edinburgh Tattoo 2019 Fireworks

If you are looking for the best day to view the famous Edinburgh Tattoo fireworks then Saturday evenings (10:30pm) are the best option for you. On Saturday the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of August, there are extended firework displays as part of the ceremony. These specific events within the month-long event have a late-evening start and so are more aimed towards adults (or lucky children!). Booking will, of course, be essential as these are typically the most popular displays of the Tattoo.

Edinburgh Tattoo Seating Plan

There is not a bad seat at the Edinburgh Tattoo but it is always nice to know where the best places to sit are! You will see a seating plan below that shows the complete layout with the various pricing tiers associated with each. It is right to assume that the most expensive seats are the “better” ones but due to the setup of the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, you cannot go wrong with your seating choice!

In total, there are seats for 7,700 spectators per performance which means that there are 160,000 seats available during the whole Tattoo.

Edinburgh Tattoo 2019 performers

The theme for the Edinburgh Tattoo 2019 is “Kaleidoscope” and the organisers have put together an exquisite lineup to entertain the world. Scotland is focusing on its “Year of young people” and that has overflown in to this historic event with performance from talented global youngsters. Alongside the next generation of performers are current world-leaders including; Switzerland’s Top Secret Drum Corps, The Central Band of the Czech Armed Forces and the Royal Air Force.

Edinburgh Tattoo 2018

Where to park at the Edinburgh Tattoo?

If you decide to drive to a car parking space near the event then you will need to plan ahead. It is advised that you don’t take this option. You can find out what your options are on this parking website.

Where does the Edinburgh Tattoo take place?

You can see the exact location of the arena in the map below. This is helpful when planning hotel bookings for Edinburgh.

If you are looking to fly to Edinburgh then you can save money with easyJet discount codes. easyJet run various routes in to Edinburgh airport on a regular basis so you are likely to find a good deal that suits you!

Watch the 2017 Edinburgh Tattoo below to give you a taste of this best-in-world event!

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