Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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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.

  • Pipe bands

    1. 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.

  • Edinburgh Festival

    2. 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.

  • Sell out shows

    3. 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!

  • Music

    4. 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.

  • 5. Fireworks displays

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

Planning Your Visit

  • 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 should I visit?
    Dates and times vary but are generally weekday and Saturday evenings in August.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information
    ** Flash photography is not allowed. | Umbrellas are not allowed, so be prepared to buy a poncho if it rains!*

What people are saying about Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,219 reviews

A wonderful, unforgettable day, a memory forever.

Our tour guide was great, knowledgeable, humorous and an excellent coach driver. We had one of our best days out ever.

Soft driving, plentiful info, tks toDuncan!

The Only complaint is that the bus a/c was not working well - 28-31celsius is Too much!