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Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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#1 of 375 in Museums in Scotland
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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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  • I didn't think I would enjoy this and wasn't that bothered with going. But my mum loves ships and the royals so it was her treat. Such a surprise. It shows just how down to earth our current royal family actually are. A simple place to call home aboard. My parents are elderly so the lifts were a great comfort because sometimes they miss parts of a tour because of stairs. Very informative audio guide.
  • The yacht where it is always 3:01pm. Parking the car is free, which is always good On shore, and aboard the staff are polite, and unobtrusive. A brief introduction is presented, and then after collecting a free audio guide, you proceed to the vessel. She is presented beautifully, you feel that she could put to sea at a moments notice. We spent over 2 hours aboard, and felt that we had had good value for money. The gift shop is priced around where you'd expect for a tourist driven economy. There is a café aboard, so if like us you take a packed lunch you'd have to be quite brazen to feel comfortable eating it during your visit. Why is it always 3:01pm? I'll leave it to you to discover...
  • This place is awesome! My husband and I went in not expecting much, just thought it might be a nice way to while away an hour or so. Wow, there is so much information. We thoroughly enjoyed the 3-4hrs we spent there. The café is a little pricey as you would expect, but very good. All up, it was a great day well spent :-)
  • Simply boring, consisting of a 1 hour crowded walk around a very dated boat listening to how the Royals enjoyed spending time playing cards, occasionally sunbathing, and hosting guests. The boat was not as grand as expected; I struggle to see what the £15 entry fee covers as it was pretty basic. The most enjoyable part was viewing the engine room!
  • The rooms are all wheelchair accessible. Ramps are all over. There is also a lift that brings people with disabilities to the different floors of this amazing royal yacht. I love Her Royal Highness' rattan chairs.

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