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The Royal Yacht Britannia

  • Entry to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh
  • Behind-the-scenes glimpses of life for the Royal Family aboard the Britannia
  • Furnishings and decor from the Royal Collection State Apartments
The Royal Yacht Britannia
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The Royal Yacht Britannia
Glimpse into the lifestyle of the Royals with an audio tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia – the floating palace of Her Majesty the Queen for more than 40 years. Independently explore stately ship’s five decks, peeking into elaborately decorated rooms like the State Apartments, the State Drawing Room, the Queen’s Bedroom and more. Add to the unique experience with some refreshment in the Royal Deck Tea Room (additional expense).
What to Expect
At your leisure, make your own way to the Royal Yacht Britannia at port in Leith (15 minutes from central Edinburgh). Before boarding, pass through the fascinating Visitor Centre to learn a bit of the ship’s history, see splendid historic photos and pick up your headset. This ship – which traveled more than one million miles during its 44 years in service – is the last in a line of 83 Royal Yachts. 

Take a promenade along the five decks as your audio guide shares fascinating stories about the British Royal Family and the many guests who spent time on board such as Sir Winston Churchill, Boris Yeltsin and Nelson Mandela. Over approximately two hours, admire the ship’s many features from the furnishings on loan from the Royal Collection to the State Drawing Room, the Sun Lounge and the Admiral’s Cabin. Fun for all, boat enthusiasts will particularly enjoy seeing the working side of the ship such as the crew's quarters.

If whimsy strikes you, head to the Royal Deck Tea Room where you may purchase sandwiches, baked treats, warm drinks or alcoholic beverages. Relax in the same spot where the British Royal Family enjoyed extravagant buffets and receptions over the years.
Reviews (187)

1 - 5 of 15 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this if you go to Edinbough. You can take all the time you want to see it.There were people from all over the world.

1  Thank Sherryp39
Reviewed 1 week ago
Curious how the other half lived 😜

We arrived nice and early as it can get very busy especially at holiday times and weekends . It was easy to get to for us as we were staying in Edinburgh so it was just a case of getting on a bus from our...More

Thank julie c
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an awkward drive across Edinburgh to get here but wow was it worth it! The whole ship was immaculate and I really did feel like Royalty as I explored it at my leisure. The staff were so professional in every way (many had...More

Thank SusanBurt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Glimpse into the lifestyle of the Royals!

On arrival at the ticket desk, expect a warm welcome from the Crew, Get your tickets ( Don't forget your Free Annual Pass) that you can get when you purchased your ticket! A Very well planned, audio tour in 30 different languages; easy to use,...More

3  Thank Jsd2027
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anchors away

The tour has been well thought out. Handsets easy to use. Tour numbers easy to follow. Stairs ok. There are lifts. You start at the top and work your way down. Superb tour commentary. Gives you a complete idea of how the royals used the...More

1  Thank Susan H