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The Royal Yacht Britannia

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    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. 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.
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    The Royal Yacht Britannia
    • Self guided audio tour available in 30 different languages
    • Entry/Admission - Royal Yacht Britannia
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    Very good and well-organized attraction. Able to view entire ship, private royal rooms, beautiful entertaining areas and also where and how the crew lived. Definitely worth visiting. Nice tearoom but food mediocre and service poor.

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    This attraction is well run. They control the crowds well so it doesn’t get too busy. This is a fabulous momnument a piece of heritage.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank bobby46
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    It is great to learn that you had a fabulous tour of the Royal Yacht, learning about life on board for the Royal Family. Many thanks for your review.

    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    it was such a marvelous royal experience as I am always in love with royal family back from Pakistan, and then commentary of every part was amazing, loved the way it is presented and well preserved. must do a thing while on Edinburgh trip

    Thank asad289
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Many thanks for your review. It is great to learn that you had a wonderful experience on board The Royal Yacht Britannia. Thank you for describing Britannia as a must when visiting Edinburgh.

    Reviewed 3 days ago

    A visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia offers an intimate look into the lives of the Royals who have sailed on this floating palace. The visit experience is well-organized and easy to navigate. Touring the yacht is via a hand-held audio device. The tour covers...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank redeco
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

    What a lovely review! Thank you for taking the time to provide such a wealth of information for future visitors. It sounds like you had a fantastic time seeing all five decks, from the State Apartments to the Crew’s Quarters. As you mention, the Royal...More

    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Audio guide is good enough, not too long. Fun to see the real furniture as the royal family would have enjoyed it. I enjoyed this a lot.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank MickelleKen
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

    We are glad that you enjoyed exploring the five decks of the Royal Yacht. As you mention, the majority of the items you see on board Britannia are original and kindly on loan from the Royal Collection. Thank you for visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia.

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    Helen M
    11 October 2019|
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    Response from Valerie M | Reviewed this property |
    You can purchase tickets for a timed admission based on available time slots on any given day. The tour is self-guided. We comfortably completed it, without rushing, in 1.5 hours.
    Diane L
    16 July 2019|
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    Response from Tricia T | Reviewed this property |
    I am not certain where you ship docks. There is a cruise ship dock very near the Britannia; however, it looks like it is for small ships.
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    • Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Terminal
    • Duration: 2h
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