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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

1 to 23 August 2014


About the Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the greatest shows on earth. It runs for 3 weeks each August and showcases music, dance and precision display against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Since the first tattoo in 1950, more than 13 million people have joined the audience on the Castle esplanade. Today around 220,000 people attend the Tattoo each year and another 100 million people around the world watch the show on television.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes its name from the cry of inn-keepers in Belgium and the Netherlands over 300 years ago. They ordered “Doe den tap toe” (turn off the taps) when the fifes and drums of the local regiment marched through the streets signalling the soldiers to return to barracks.

The stirring sight and sound of the Massed Pipes and Drums marching across the Castle drawbridge, the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper high on the Castle Rock will always be at the emotional heart of the Tattoo.

But you will also be thrilled by dancers and musicians from cultures around the world, displays of precision drill, and re-enactments of historic pageants and modern military skills.

did-you-know.png There is an early performance at 7.30 pm on Saturdays during August to allow a young public to enjoy the show. 


Bookings for the Tattoo start early, in December, prior to the show taking place in August each year.

You may obtain details from:

The Tattoo Office
32 Market Street
Tel: (0044) (0) 131 225 1188

Performance Times

Monday to Friday at 9 pm | Saturdays at 7.30 pm and 10.30 pm

Tickets & Seating Plans

Tickets are from £25 to £62.

Link to seating plans

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