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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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The Castle Esplanade Residence

3rd Floor, 16 Johnston Terrace , Edinburgh , EH1 2PR

The Castle Esplanade Residence is 0.07 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £

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8.7 out of 10

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Retro Castle Retreat 2Bed (sleep 6)

Johnston Terrace 16/9 , Edinburgh , EH1 2PR

Retro Castle Retreat 2Bed (sleep 6) is 0.07 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £

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Castle Apartments

Ramsay Garden , Edinburgh , EH1 2NA

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

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9.2 out of 10

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Ramsay Gardens

7 Ramsay Gardens , Edinburgh , EH1 2NA

Ramsay Gardens is 0.08 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £

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9.4 out of 10

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The Ramsay Castle View Residence

Ramsay Garden 14 , Edinburgh , EH1 2NA

The Ramsay Castle View Residence is 0.09 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £

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9.8 out of 10

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Castle Rock Hostel - Adult Only

15 Johnston Terrace , Edinburgh , EH12PW

Castle Rock Hostel - Adult Only is 0.09 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £

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9.1 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 £

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9.5 out of 10

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Great Location! - Charming Apt by Edinburgh Castle

1 Castle Wynd South , Edinburgh , EH1 2JU

Great Location! - Charming Apt by Edinburgh Castle is 0.11 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £

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Grassmarket Studio

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

Grassmarket Studio is 0.12 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £

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9.5 out of 10

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Castle Wynd Old Town

3 Castle Wynd South , Edinburgh , EH1 2JT

Castle Wynd Old Town is 0.12 kilometers from Military Tattoo Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £

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8.6 out of 10

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