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The History of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, once a wonderful military parade and show, has now grown into a globally televised cultural festival. Drawing music and performances from all around the world, it is a great event to see if you're in Scotland's capital.

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Pipe bands

Of course the most historic and authentic part of the Tattoo is the music. You'll never forget the iconic sounds of Scottish drums and bagpipes ringing through Edinburgh Castle.

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Edinburgh Festival

The Tattoo takes place during the Edinburgh International Festival, and you can see the military parade every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays throughout August.

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Sell out shows

Tickets to see the main final performance tend to sell out each year, with a great deal of national and international interest. So makes sure to book tickets in advance!

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Music

As the Tattoo has developed, it has drawn in lots of different pipe bands, not just from various Scottish regiments, but also from England, and army bands from over seas.

Fireworks displays

On Saturdays, alongside the music, you'll get to see dazzling fireworks displays, which are a definite highlight!

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Our Tips

When to visit?

The Tattoo takes place during the Edinburgh International Festival, and you can see the military parade every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays throughout August.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tickets

Tickets must be bought in advance, and sell out fast, so make sure to visit the website and purchase before you go!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Dates and times vary but are generally weekday and Saturday evenings in August.
  • What is the price?
    Tickets to the Tattoo range from £25.00 to £120.00.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is not necessary, but check out our best-selling tours that include Tattoo tickets.
  • How to get there
    The Tattoo, which takes place at Edinburgh Castle, is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional tips
    ** Flash photography is not allowed. | Umbrellas are not allowed, so be prepared to buy a poncho if it rains!*

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