5 star rating: Highly Recommended 87 Reviews

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  Flexible (suggested time is 2 hours)
A unique five-star visitor experience and recommended by BBC News as "Scotland's leading visitor-friendly attraction", The Royal Yacht Britannia is an essential visit whilst in Edinburgh. For over forty years, the Royal Yacht sailed over one million miles on nearly a thousand official visits for the British Royal Family. Now berthed in Edinburgh's historic port of Leith, Britannia is a fascinating visitor attraction.


  • 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
  • State Drawing Room, Queen’s Bedroom, Sun Lounge and Admiral’s cabin
  • Britannia Visitor Centre exhibitions
  • Self-guided audio tour in 21 languages

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What You Can Expect

The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Receive a truly warm welcome at Britannia's Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal before you step on board. Here you can view displays and historic photographs that detail Britannia's fascinating past.

The captivating audio handset tour takes you around five decks at a leisurely pace and is a rare glimpse into the public and private lives of the British Royal Family. From Sir Winston Churchill to Boris Yeltsin, Rajiv Gandhi to Nelson Mandela, some of the world's most influential people have been welcomed on board. Now you are free to see what they saw, to stand where they stood.

Every part of Britannia includes rich treasures to enjoy. Almost all the pieces in the State Apartments are on loan from The Royal Collection, with kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen. You will have a chance to see the working side of the ship, from the once sweltering heat of the laundry to the crew's densely packed quarters.

Tour highlights include the State Drawing Room, The Queen's Bedroom, the Sun Lounge and the Admiral's cabin.

Britannia is berthed alongside the stylish Ocean Terminal shopping center which contains a choice of over 80 different boutiques, high-street shops and restaurants with scenic waterfront views. As the Royal Yacht is only 15 minutes away from Edinburgh city center, it is the perfect addition to any trip.

Britannia is owned by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, a non-profit making charity, and all proceeds go towards her long-term maintenance.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The yacht is beautiful and provides a glimpse into the private life of the royals. The photographs and the information provided with the tour is so interesting. An added bonus is the charming cafe on board with reasonably priced food and drink with a great view.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Loved this tour and morning tea, at our cost, was delicious

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved it. Just a wonderful opportunity to see the Royal Yacht. We really enjoyed and felt we got our money's worth.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic - easy booking, wonderful time had by all - thankyou!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing! Spent the whole day wandering around, very interesting and had a spot of lunch in the cafe on board too. Highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

How enjoyable was this visit! It was great to see how the royals went about their day to day business and all the staff quarters, the laundry room and the engine room. Very interesting.

I had a scone in the lovely tearoom, a must for visiters. Worth a visit when in Edinburgh.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really enjoyed this tour, particularly liked the fact you get the recorded guide and the fact you could take as long looking around as you liked. Also the tea room was fabulous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Superb. The tour was beautifully arranged/organised...nice and quiet, like the crew
of The Royal Yacht were. Reallly interesting and the afternoon tea was sublime.

Alexandra Austin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very informative and an great place to visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent 2 hours. We walked along the Leith water walk about 50 minutes and got the bus back.
Nice to walk in the steps of some very famous people.

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