Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia hit the seas in 1953, and took the British royal family around the world from then until 1997, when she was decommissioned. She's the 83rd royal yacht – the first belonged to Charles II in the 1600s.
Few yachts can boast such an illustrious career as the Royal Yacht Britannia, having sailed over a million miles and transported the British Royal Family on hundreds of official visits. Since retiring from service, the luxurious vessel has been permanently docked in Edinburgh’s historic Leith port, beside the Ocean Terminal shopping center, and serves as a museum of royal life at sea, as well as hosting elite events in its grand dining hall.
Exploring the regal yacht offers a unique insight into the life and travels of the Royal Family and you’ll be in good company if you choose to step on board – Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Rajiv Gandhi are among the many iconic figures that have been welcomed below deck. The yacht’s 5 decks are all open to the public, including access to the lavish State Drawing room and the Sun Lounge, reportedly the Queen’s favorite room. Self-guided audio tours allow visitors to check out the inner workings of the engine room, learn about life on board for the Officers and Yachtsmen in the crew cabins, and even peek into the Queen’s Bedroom and the Admiral’s Cabin. Guests can also admire the Royal Family Picture Gallery and a collection of furnishings from Her Majesty’s Royal Collection State apartments, before stopping for tea with a view at the Royal Deck Tea Room, overlooking the scenic waterfront.
There's a visitors center, where you can see the ornate binnacle, carved from a single piece of oak, that served as background for the royals' family photographs, but the real thrills start on board, where you can tour the state rooms. (This is the only royal residence where you’re allowed access to the Queen's bedroom!)
Tours & Tickets
A unique five-star visitor experience and recommended by BBC News as "Scotland's leading visitor-friendly attraction", The Royal Yacht Britannia is an ... Read more
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible (suggested time is 2 hours)