City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2016

By edg - Posted on 26 October 2014

Tattoo 2011: Scotland the Brave
Event details
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 9:00pm - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 10:30pm
Telephone (info): 
0131 225 4783
Telephone (box office): 
0131 225 1188

For scale, no show in Edinburgh can rival the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Literally hundreds of performers, both from Scotland and bands and organisations from abroad, gather under the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The series of displays, which take place on the castle esplanade (an 18th century parade ground), combine breathtaking shows of military precision, often a battle re-enactment, military bands, traditional dancers, and a rousing finale of mass pipes and drums, topped by the lone piper playing from the castle battlements.

The "ultimate crowd-pleaser", as former Edinburgh Lord Provost George Grubb called the Tattoo, sells out each year long before its Summer performances, with armies of people coming to Edinburgh by bus and coach each night during the Festival.

The Edinburgh Tattoo introduced a £16 million pound new grand stand in 2011. The new stand has 8,700 seats, with a third more space per seat than the former grand stand, which had been in commission since 1972.

Tattoo Programme

The theme of the 2015 Tattoo is East Meets West. As well as a major home contingent, the Tattoo draws on military bands and performers from across Europe, the Far East, Central and South America. Tattoo favourites, Switzerland's Top Secret Drum Corps, return with their stunning displays of military precision, drill and drumming. An essential component on the night is the rousing gathering of the Massed Pipes and Drums, among them The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and the Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. The show's big bangs and fireworks display thunder across the Edinburgh night, particularly on Saturdays when the Tattoo holds an extended fireworks display.

The Tattoo draws to a close with the traditional lone piper playing from the castle ramparts.

Edinburgh Tattoo times

Monday - Friday: 9pm to 10.30pm
Saturday early show: 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Saturday evening show: 10.30pm to Midnight
Sunday: no performance

Edinburgh Tattoo 2015 tickets (website)

Ticket prices

£25 - £70 (prices depend on seat location, Saturday seats £2 extra)

Ticket sales dates

On sale online and telephone from 10am, 1st December 2015. From Tattoo Office on Monday 7th December, 10am.

N.B. Some half-price Tattoo tickets for the preview show (when the media are recording the performance) on sale on Monday 27th July.

* £5 booking fee per transaction