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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 27 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

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a gateau tour of the ship highly recommended for everyone ,not to be missed

Adrian A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I was not sure what to expect as its just a boat, funny thing is I will go again so must be more than just a boat!
Excellent staff and amazing to see both sides of Britannia. We had a nice lunch and drinks on board felt all very upmarket just needed Liz to wander in.

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A very informative and enjoyable visit. In fact I think it's was our favourite day in Edinburgh.

Jill G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour. Well organised, interesting. It would be helpful for Viator to let guests know how long it takes as I ran out of time.
Buy a ticket in advance so you can skip the queue

george s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour. Fascinating piece of history both maritime and royalty.
Highly recommended

Peter M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We enjoyed exploring this beautiful ship.

Mr W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The royal yacht was well worth a visit is a look back to a time when Britain was truly a great nation. Its a pity they did not replace it with a new one.

Daryl R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


Jean D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

our trip was amazing my husband really enjoyed it as he is ex navy

Graham S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Having bought tickets online through Viator, we were able to skip the queue to the box office, showed the confirmation email and given tickets in exchange. Short queue to get onto the ship. Brilliantly laid out so you get to see all the areas of the ship. Had a nice lunch in the on-board restaurant. My 85 year old mother was with us and she found it great too, with places to sit whilst going round. Well worth the drive from Loch Lomond area. Great value for money.

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