The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo attracts thousands of visitors from around the world to the heart of Edinburgh.
The Tattoo has a proud history. We stretch back for almost seven decades. Following the production of "Something About a Soldier" in the Ross Bandstand in 1949, it was decided to create an event that ran alongside the existing Edinburgh Festivals.
The Royal Military Tattoo is Scotland’s biggest, bestselling outdoor spectacle. The venue itself is situated in the most popular part of the city by the Castle, high above the skyline.
The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution and a sellout year after year. Music, dance, and precision display with the Massed Pipe Band Drumming, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers, and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrates musicians and performers from all around the world and opens Scotland’s arms to welcome spectators from near and far to join in the fun.
With changing yearly themes, each Tattoo is different from the previous one. Past themes have included concepts such as Scotland’s homecoming, creativity and nature.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is dedicated to putting on a spectacular performance each and every year with an annual audience of around 220,000. In addition, around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television.
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