Experience the Edinburgh Tattoo in 2023

Edinburgh Tattoo 2023: Stories

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a military performance of music and display, which has taken place almost every year on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade since August 1950. This year’s Tattoo is scheduled to run from 4th to 26th August 2023. This year’s theme is “Stories” and will feature tales of music, dance and culture.

The Tattoo Experience

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most famous military displays in the world. It features traditional Scottish performances such as Highland dancers, massed pipes and drums and fiddle players, along with entertainment from military and cultural groups from all over the world. Traditionally, a Lone Piper plays a haunting lament to mark the finale. And the show always ends with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Featuring spectacular fireworks displays and military flybys on selected nights, the Tattoo is a magical experience, which is hard to describe …

Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

The show is hosted on the esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle. This is a flat, wide area built in the 18th century as a parade ground for troops. Today it sets the stage for various large-scale events, in particular, the annual Royal Military Tattoo. Special stadium seating is erected in the months before the event, to accommodate audiences of up to 8,700 per night. Performances take place against the stunning backdrop of the castle.

Book your tickets

Tickets for the 2023 season are already on sale on the Tattoo website. Or you can call the Box Office on +44 (0)131 225 1188. Shows will take place from 4th to 26th August 2022, starting at 9.30 pm Mondays to Fridays, with an additional performance at 6.15 pm on Saturdays.

Summer Accommodation

Looking for Edinburgh accommodation? Parliament House Hotel is around a 15-minute walk from the Tattoo venue, Edinburgh Castle. So check out our latest special offers and book your room today.