Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia visitor centre

The Britannia tour officially starts with the visitor centre at the Ocean Terminal shopping centre's second floor in Leith. But in fact, the visit of the Royal Yacht Britannia starts on the first floor of the Ocean Terminal.

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The Ship Viewing Area in the Ocean Terminal has a great view of the Britannia. It's worth stopping here for a drink to observe the yacht from a distance before stepping aboard. It is a view you could not otherwise experience.

The first information about this magnificent ship and the Royal Family can be read and watched even before setting foot in the visitor centre, on the screens and displays available.

The shop in the visitor centre has a wide range of souvenirs and gifts, all related to sailing or the Royal Family. Books, postcards and mugs with the Royal Family are available as well as the tour guidebook to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The visitor guidebook includes, unfortunately, more information on the Royal Family than on the boat itself.

Once you purchase your tickets for the Britannia Tour you go through a long corridor lined up with exhibits, displays and pictures detailing the history of the last Royal Yacht and members of the Royal Family.

The most impressive feature of this visitor centre is the reconstructed Wheelhouse, which was originally situated on the deck below Britannia's bridge.

Before setting foot on the Royal Yacht Britannia, you can choose a self-led audio guide tour, available in 11 languages. This audio guide tour is included in the price of the ticket and is excellent, very detailed and interesting.

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