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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).


  • 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

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.

Customer Reviews

Kathryn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was amazing. The commentary was very well done and the flow of the self tour was steady but not rushed. So pleased we visited the Royal Yacht.

Patricia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The Britannia tour is fantastic we would recommend it one hundred percent. Having lunch in the tea room is a must : :
Marian, Tricia and Catherine July 2016


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One of the best self guided tours you can take. The audio is precise and allows you to get a good prospective on how the royals lived on ship. It also though gives you a great view of the yachties who manned her and how the performed in this different environment. Top it off by afternoon tea in the beautiful cafe.

Christel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was perfectly organized, giving visitors a chance to see all parts of the Britannia, just as if the Royal Family would be staying aboard.

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour a must for visitors to Edinburgh. Staff friendly and helpful. Well worth stopping part way through the tour for sustainance at the Deck cafe - can recommend the cheese scones!

Jonathan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Much better than expected, officers mess and marines living quarters facinating

HTravelerUK United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a fascinating insight into the Royal Family and household. It was wonderful to be able to see the Royal apartments and learn about the traditions and daily routine of the royals that stayed on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. Great audio commentary too. Would highly recommend.

Tracey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent trip and value for money.

Karen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very enjoyable afternoon and we were able to bypass the line to buy tickets!

Sheena E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved our visit, it was all we hoped it would be. The yacht is an intimate view into the life of the royal family. It is well set out, easy to access and has facilities. The tea room is lovely and the cake delicious.

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