The Royal Edinburgh
Military Tattoo

Scotland Edinburgh Military Tattoo At Night With Fireworks

The 2024 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo attracts visitors worldwide to the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland. The World Heritage Edinburgh Castle castle sets a dramatic backdrop for The Tattoo, where thousands of spectators gather on the castle grounds to see the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade come alive with the sounds and colors of the talented cast. Each year's Tattoo is a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe. Take part in this traditional festival, soak up the atmosphere, and relax to the display of music and dance from around the world. 

The Royal Military Tattoo 2024 Dates & Theme

The 2024 show, Journeys, will transport audiences with tales of music, dance, and culture with performers and musicians from around the globe. Stories will run from August 2-24, 2024. The full lineup for the 2024 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has yet to be announced. We can confirm that audiences will enjoy the legendary sound of the Massed Pipes and Drums, musicians from UK Military Regiments, and the lone piper, alongside outstanding talent from the Tattoo Dancers.

2024 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tickets, Accommodation, and Transport

As always, we take care of all the details for you. We've secured tickets for this sell-out event and perfectly planned your Scotland accommodations and transport to the show. So you don't need to scour websites, book a hotel at peak prices, find good tickets, or try to figure out whether you can take pictures or videos, bring backpacks, what the seating is like, or what the recommended dress code is. Your Travel Directors and Concierges are with you all the way, helping to make your Tattoo experience perfectly seamless. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo runs every year in August. The 2024 show will take place August 2-24.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a yearly performance in Scotland that attracts visitors worldwide to the heart of Edinburgh. The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, with music, dance, precision display, and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper each night against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Each year's Tattoo is a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the world. Plus, with changing yearly themes, each Tattoo differs from the previous one. Past themes include concepts such as Scotland’s homecoming, creativity, and nature.

The Edinburgh Tattoo first took place in 1950. It was inspired by a simple show called Something About a Soldier, performed in 1949 at the Ross Bandstand. The first of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo production included eight items and attracted an audience of 100,000 over its 20 performances. Since then, the Tattoo has grown in strength, incorporating a wider variety of international military bands and musicians each year. 

 

 An iconic silhouette from the top of Edinburgh Castle, the Lone Piper is a key part of the performance marking a poignant moment of reflection and signifying the night's end. When the finale begins and the lights dim, cast your eyes skywards to the Castle Ramparts and listen for the drone of the pipes. 

Performers from over 48 countries now take part in the Tattoo.

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