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The Royal Yacht Britannia

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  • 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
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The Royal Yacht Britannia
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Overview
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).
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (196)
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Reviewed 19 October 2018
The Royal Yacht Britannia

A brilliant day out, easy to get to from Princes St and very informative. A must if your visiting Edinburgh

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank 499kenny1956
Reviewed 17 October 2018
Very Interesting

Spending time on The Royal Yacht Britannia was well worth the trip from Edinburgh. Go on each deck and seeing how the other half lives was much fun. The recorded phone is easy to operate and provides all the information needed to view each area....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ekrice2018
Reviewed 17 October 2018
More than meets the eye.

This is a great half day trip if you're staying in Edinburgh. It's about a 15 minute taxi ride away . The tour is very organised and you get to see the whole yacht form bow to stern. Very interesting and plenty of information to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Dave U
Reviewed 9 October 2018
Enjoyable Visit to Royal Yacht Britannia

We had a most enjoyable visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. It looks quite small from the outside but is surprisingly spacious once you get inside. It is definitely a step back in history with everything left as it was when the Queen travelled the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank nacariry
Reviewed 2 October 2018
A little bit of history

We did The Tour of The Royal Yacht and enjoyed every minute of it.Lots of fascinating information about the Yatch, the staff and of course The Royal family Holidays.In parts it was luxurious and in parts quite modest as requested by the Queen.You could call...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Berringtongardener
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