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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a series of events that takes place annually throughout the month of August; however, dates vary from year to year. In 2020, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event will take place every night between August 7th & 29th on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Extremely difficult to purchase tickets for the Tattoo, many of the tours have Tattoo tickets or offer them for purchase as an optional. If one want to travel to Edinborough during Tattoo time it is best to take an excorted tour.

A few Tattoo Facts:

  • The first Edinburgh Tattoo took place in 1950

  • Around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television

  • Not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled.

  • The word ‘tattoo’ comes from the closing-time cry in the inns in the Low Countries during the 17th and 18th centuries ‘Doe den tap toe’ (‘Turn off the taps’).

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