How To Book Tickets For The 2011 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Hi, it’s Ian here from in Edinburgh and today I’m going to show you how to book tickets for this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

For those of you who don’t know, the Tattoo takes place every year on the esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle. The tattoo is a colourful display of pomp and ceremony
performed by military from the UK and commonwealth.

I’ve been to the Tattoo 3 times now and have loved it on every occasion.

The Tattoo in 2011 runs from 5-27 August with performances on Monday to Friday at 9.00pm (except Friday 5 August when the performance will start at 8.30pm) and on Saturday at 7.30pm and 10.30pm. There is no performance on a Sunday.

Tickets sell out very quickly so book as early as you can.

To begin booking tickets got the website – this is the official site – please don’t book tickets from any other website – there are some dodgy websites out there claiming to sell Tattoo tickets so please avoid them.

Click on tickets on the top left menu. You can also book tickets by post, at the Tattoo Shop, or by phone. The easiest way to book before you come is online. So click on Buy Tickets Online Now.

Only performances with available seats are displayed. Choose the dates you are
interested in. Then choose the section you would prefer to sit in. Nearer the
castle is usually better but all seats have a good view of the performances.
This year sees the new multi-million pound arena being used for the first time – the new arena should be much more comfortable to sit in than the previous one.

Next, add the number of tickets you would like. Then click Add to Basket. You will then
need to Login or Register and complete the payment.

Tickets will be posted out to you to the billing address of the cardholder or held for collection by the named cardholder anytime during office hours after 1 April 2011 at the Tattoo Shop. Tickets for a performance within seven days (that is 14 days for non-UK addresses) will be held for collection at the Tattoo Shop.

You can also purchase tickets from The Tattoo Shop which is located at 33 Market Street, in Edinburgh. Market Street is adjacent to Waverley Railway Station. The tattoo shop is open all year round Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.30pm. On performance days the Tattoo Shop is open from 10.00am until the start of the performance each evening. The shop also sells lots of great tattoo gifts and merchandise.

The Tattoo also has a Facebook page if you want to get involved a bit more.

Finally for your information, The word “Tattoo” is derived from the Dutch word “tap toe” which means turn off the tap”. In the 18th century music was played
by military bands each night to signal taverns to turn off their beer taps, so
that the soldiers would go back to their homes. Things have changed somewhat
and a Tattoo now means an evening of entertainment performed by Military
musicians. Not many people know that.

Hope you enjoy The Tattooo and enjoy your stay in Edinburgh.


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