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Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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Aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, see how the royals lived while on the water. Originally launched in 1953 and decommissioned in 1997, this luxury ship features lavish living and entertainment quarters spread across five main decks. Take an audio tour, which is included in the cost of your ticket. The tour covers the bridge, state apartments, royal bedrooms, sun lounge, royal deck tearoom, the crew's quarters, and the gleaming engine room. Hear details on each room, see photos of the royal family onboard the ship, and discover what life was like for crewmembers serving royalty. If you have a sweet tooth, don't leave without trying fudge from the onboard sweet shop. Arrange your visit to Royal Yacht Britannia and discover more family-friendly attractions in Edinburgh using our Edinburgh vacation trip planner.
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  • This was close to our cruise ship so did it as we came back from city centre. Glad we did. The entry is a bit hard to find as it's one the 2nd floor of the shopping centre (just remember that the grou...  more »
  • Lovely morning spent touring the ship with audio guidance, can be taken at your own pace, whilst there is an order to the tour you can chop and change direction or floor as you please. The tea shop is...  more »
  • Being a good old fashioned royalist this was a must see whilst in Edinburgh and we took two of our none Royalist friends who were somewhat cynical about spending half a day looking around it but rathe...  more »
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  • This was voted family favorite, on our recent trip to Scotland. Although the siege tunnel at St Andrews Castle came a close second! I always remember thinking how cool this yacht was when I was a kid, and it was almost evocative walking around on board. Apart from the grand royal apartments and bedrooms etc. there is the fascinating below deck working areas. We are always talking about wombats, so the kids were delighted at the mention of Wombat Tennis. Will this be in the Olympics next time around?
  • Loved the experience. Although I initially thought I wouldn't use the audio guides, they were really excellent. The Yacht is beautifully maintained and you get a true sense of what it must have been like to travel on her. We also loved the 'count the corgies' game, and entered into it enthusiastically - we now have Britannia corgi of our own, having rescued one from the gift shop and given him a loving home back in Wales. If I had to pick a highlight of our visit, I'd probably go for having a glass of Champagne in the tea room/Royal Deck - although just sitting in the Captain's chair seeing what he would have seen out of the front window was great, too! It was a very special couple of hours, and an attraction I'd recommend to any visitors to Edinburgh. I'm very glad Britannia ended up in her rightful home, where she was built. The Trust does a wonderful job.
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia is an interesting place to visit, especially for those interested in maritime history and shipboard life. For my personal taste, the guided tour was a little too slanted towards the royalist perspective, but that is of course to be expected when visiting a vessel so closely tied to the royal family. The audio tour, such as it is, is well put together though, and available in several languages (including Swedish). Practically the entire ship is included in the tour, so one is treated to royal and crew quarters alike. Even the engine room is on display, and stands as a shining example of a clean-as-a-whistle technical showpiece.
  • Much better than I thought. Really interesting things everywhere. Loved the headsets so you can go round at your own pace. Highly recommended!
  • A wonderful experience. After getting in, it's hard to believe you are on a ship. It is luxurious and royal as well known. It is regularly kept clean and is no longer in a working condition. The last journey was made in 1997 by Britannia. It is worth a visit. Alongside is the Portobello beach, which is a famous tourist attraction as well.