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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a series of Military displays that are performed once every year by the British Armed Forces, the Commonwealth, International Military bands and display teams. The festivities take place every evening in August (twice on Saturdays), on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, and is just one of many other festivals and events held during this month, that are collectively known as the Edinburgh Festival.

The word 'Tattoo' actually comes from the Dutch phrase 'tap toe' ('last orders'), that the British Army adopted when they were stationed in Flanders, Belgium, during the War of the Austrian Succession. They turned the phrase into a signal that was played at a certain time each night, so that tavern owners would know to stop serving alcohol, so that the soldiers would get to bed at a reasonable time. Later in the 18th century, with the introduction of army barracks and full military brass bands, 'Tattoo' became not only a phrase, but also ceremonial evening entertainment.

In 1950, the first official Edinburgh Tattoo took place, attracting 6000 spectators. These days, 217,000 people come from all over the world to witness the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which includes performances from African Tribes as well as British Regiments! The Tattoo is a charitable event, which has been completely sold out over the last 10 years, and has not once been cancelled due to weather. Over the years, this event has raised more than £5million towards charities such as the Army Benevolent Fund.


Hotels near Military Tattoo Edinburgh


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My-Castle Apartments

Ramsay Garden , Edinburgh , EH1 2NA

My-Castle Apartments is 0.07 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.8 out of 10

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Castle Esplanade by Reserve Apartments

16 Johnston Terrace , Edinburgh , EH1 2PR

Castle Esplanade by Reserve Apartments is 0.08 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.4 out of 10

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Castle Rock Hostel

15 Johnston Terrace , Edinburgh , EH12PW

Castle Rock Hostel is 0.09 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.6 out of 10

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Castle Wynd Apartment

3 Castle Wynd North , Edinburgh , EH1 2NQ

Castle Wynd Apartment is 0.09 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.8 out of 10

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The Witchery by the Castle

Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh , Edinburgh , EH1 2NF

The Witchery by the Castle is 0.10 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 335

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9.5 out of 10

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Grassmarket Studio

7/5 Castle Wynd South , Edinburgh , EH1 2JT

Grassmarket Studio is 0.11 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 120

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9.7 out of 10

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Johnston Terrace Apartment

7/9 Johnston Terrace , Edinburgh , EH1 2PW

Johnston Terrace Apartment is 0.14 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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7.5 out of 10

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Grassmarket Old Town Vacation Apartment

76/2 Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2JR

Grassmarket Old Town Vacation Apartment is 0.15 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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9.6 out of 10

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Grassmarket-Old Town Apartment

90 Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2JR

Grassmarket-Old Town Apartment is 0.16 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.9 out of 10

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Grassmarket Hotel

94-96 Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2JR

Grassmarket Hotel is 0.18 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 108

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8.5 out of 10

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