The Royal Yacht Britannia Tour

Visit the Britannia, the Five Star Royal Attraction in Edinburgh's Port of Leith

Your tour of Edinburgh must include a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, the most famous ship in the world and Scotland's best five-star tourist attraction. You simply cannot miss experiencing what life was like aboard the Britannia, the royal ship which sailed more than one million miles around the globe, taking the Royal Family on more than 900 official voyages and holidays all over the world, from places like Antarctica to the south seas.

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  • Use the complimentary audio guide in 21 languages to go around the ship's five decks at a leisurely pace and explore the elegant State Apartments, The Queen's Bedroom, the Crew's Quarters, the Engine Room and the Admiral's cabin
  • A visit to the Royal Yacht Britania is a rare chance to get a unique insight into the private and public lives of the British Royal Family: four Royal couples spent their honeymoons aboard the yacht, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and some of the most powerful people in the world were welcomed aboard.

Visitor Reviews of the Britannia

Wow - we really enjoyed our visit to the Royal Yacht which has been maintained to the same standards as when she was in royal service, gleaming and immaculate, if a little old fashioned by modern standards. We thought the audio tour was excellent, allowing us to explore at our own pace and giving extra info when requested, and there were plenty of friendly staff around if more infomation was needed.
Got the bus from the Princes Street up to the docks area and was pleasantly surprised at the shopping centre which meets you. I was happy to note that the guided commentary pack is included in the £10 entry fee (unlike the castle tour!). With a coffee break half way round this took about 2 hours and was very enjoyable however it did impress on me the total waste of taxpayers money that has been spent on this since the mid 1950's. I am not a royalist however this did not stop me from recommending this as a good trip.
Well worth the visit. Easy to get to from the centre of Edinburgh, buses frequent and cheap. Good value admission charge which included audio facility. Spent a couple of hours wandering around the yatch listening to the commentary. Ocean Termnal good for shopping with a couple of department stores, specialist shops, cinemas and a few places to eat and drink. If in the area give it a visit, you wont be disappointed.

The Queen's Ship and Port of Leith

The Britannia was finally decommissioned in 1997 after its last and longest voyage from England to Hong Kong. It marked the end of the Royal Yacht. The Queen then decided that another Royal Yacht would not replace the Britannia and in 1998 the Port of Leith in Edinburgh won the bid against several other major UK cities to become the ship's permanent home.

The Ocean Terminal shopping centre, Leith harbour with its white liners and waterfront pubs and cafes make a stylish gateway to one of Edinburgh's most visited attractions. The Britannia was voted 'Best Visitor Attraction in the UK' in 1999 and runner-up in 2003, and is also Scotland's leading visitor-friendly attraction. This means that a visit on the Royal Yacht Britannia does not get any better.

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