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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces,
Commonwealth and international military bands, and artistic performance teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the capital of Scotland.
The event is held each August as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

Their story begins almost seven decades ago and had humble beginnings. It was inspired by a simple show called 'Something About a Soldier' performed in 1949 at the Ross Bandstand.
The bandstand is still there, in Princes Street Gardens just below the Castle. Make sure to look out for it when you visit.
Lieutenant Colonel George Malcolm was the first Producer of The Edinburgh Tattoo.
He aimed to bring the Army's contribution to the Edinburgh International Festival to life.
From a modest event in a park to today’s global showcase at the Castle.

Important Information/ Admission Rules

There are no age restrictions at the Tattoo. Children of three years and under are admitted free of charge providing they remain seated on an adult's lap. Children of four years and over pay full price.

The duration of the performance lasts approximately 100 minutes with doors opening 45 minutes before the start time.
Spectators are advised to be seated at least 15 minutes before the performance begins.

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