5 star rating: Highly Recommended 101 Reviews

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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:Flexible (suggested time is 2 hours)

The Royal Yacht Britannia

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 September 2015

Well organised visit. Cafe v busy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great day out. Interesting and educational. Ideal for all ages.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An absolutely must see in Edinburgh. It provides a very intimate glimpse into the Royal Family and is beautiful preserved. Get there early to avoid the crowds and purchase advance tickets.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I was determined to do this tour a year before we left home. Absolutely nothing at all was a let down. What a superbly done tour this is. I rate it as one of the best things I have done in my life! Thank you, Rose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great Exhibit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed it all. Well organised and easy to move around. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very interesting and informative. A beautiful ship! A bit crowded during the visit, but the visitors moved quickly througfh the Yacht.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Touring the Royal Britannia was a special treat giving insight and a glimpse into the Royal Family and the traditions and elegance in which they live and relate to the world around them. It was especially enjoyable to see the maturing photographs of her life through the years. What an amazing person and leader through very challenging times throughout the world, the UK, and her own family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best ship viewing I have ever experienced. Well worth the money, time and effort. Wonderful attraction.

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