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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

One of the most iconic events on the festival calendar, this is a must see show for all the family.

7-29 August 2020

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Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s imposing castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most iconic events in Edinburgh's calendar. Bringing together audiences from across the globe, the Edinburgh Tattoo celebrates the skills and talents of military bands and display teams from the British Armed Forces, the Commonwealth and military teams throughout the world. 

Each year approximately 220,000 people attend this impressive showcase of military talent.  Audiences get into the spirit and stamp and cheer to the sounds of the military pipes and drums, clap to the Highland Dancers and watch in awe at some of the daredevil feats of accomplished motorcyclists or intricate marching formations.

About the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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[Image credit: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo]

The Edinburgh Tattoo takes place every weekday evening during the busy festival season, normally in August, with two performances on Saturday evening.  Visitors to the second performance on Saturday night will enjoy a spectacular Fireworks display which illuminates the sky and cascades over the castle.

Performers from over 46 countries have taken part in the Edinburgh Tattoo, and around 30 per cent of the 220,000 audience each year are from overseas. This global gathering is a fantastic event for all ages and for all the family, and a must see event for those visiting the capital during Festival time.


This is Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Tattoo - fun, thrills and fantastic entertainment for all the family.

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