Backstage Tours 2024

Start your Tattoo adventure with a journey backstage to explore how we create the magic of our August event.




Monday to Friday (excluding Friday 2 and Friday 9 August). 6:30pm for a 9:30pm performance.


Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

What your tour includes

Our 2024 backstage tour offers you an opportunity to journey behind the scenes to explore how we create the magic of our August event. This 2-hour tour will take place prior to your Tattoo Show and includes:

  • An experienced Tattoo guide who will take you on a tour of our arena, the Esplanade and the grounds of Edinburgh Castle
  • An opportunity to see our Journeys Massed Pipes and Drums cast warm up backstage
  • Post tour drink from award-winning Innis & Gunn
  • A copy of our Journeys Souvenir Show Programme

Backstage tours must be booked at least 2 weeks before the Show night you’re attending. Please note, backstage tours can only be bought for nights that you also hold a valid 2024 Show ticket. We regret that tours are unavailable for customers with a hospitality booking due to timings conflicts.

With only 20 spaces available per tour, book now to avoid disappointment.

Please note, this tour will include steep inclines (about 15 degrees at its steepest point) and uneven cobbled surfaces. If you have any concerns regarding accessibility or any other questions about backstage tours, please contact us at

Read the Terms and Conditions for Backstage Tours.