Official Guide to Edinburgh

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Follow in the footsteps of Royalty.

Welcoming nearly 400,000 visitors a year, The Royal Yacht Britannia is Leith's most popular attraction. Step on board and discover what life was like in one of the world's most enchanting Royal residences.

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Leith, just two miles from the city centre of Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. See where Prince William and Prince Harry spent their summer holidays every year. Explore where kings and queens, world leaders and celebrities were entertained, from Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor to Presidents Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton.

Britannia is a five-star visitor attraction and a must-see when in Edinburgh. This famous ship is in the Top 5 UK Landmark Attractions (TripAdvisor 2020) and has consistently been judged Scotland's Best Visitor Attraction by national tourism agency, VisitScotland, for twelve years' running. It's sister ship Fingal was also named Edinburgh’s best hotel by TripAdvisor in 2020. 

The Tour

Britannia Drawing Room 600X250 By Marc Miller

[Photo credit: Marc Miller]

You'll receive a truly warm welcome at Britannia's Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal, which has free car parking. Before you step aboard, view their LEGO replica model of Britannia, learn about the history of Royal Yachts, view displays and historical photographs of Britannia's fascinating past in an Exhibition prior to boarding Britannia.

The complimentary audio handset tour covers Britannia's five main decks. It is available in 30 languages and there is a children's version. Tablets are also available with the tour in British Sign Language, a printed version of our English language tour, audio handset for people with sight loss and an English Braille script. The route is highly accessible with lifts and ramps throughout. See the accessibility statement here.

The fascinating tour starts at the Bridge, explores the State Apartments, Crew's Quarters and finishes at the gleaming Engine Room. Over 220 Royal Yachtsmen lived and worked aboard Britannia on the lower decks. See where the crew relaxed and don’t forget to stop off at the NAAFI for a fudge sample, made on board by the resident confectioner.

Royal Deck Tea Room

Britannia Tearoom 600X250 By Helen Pugh

[Photo credit: Helen Pugh]

Once you have enjoyed the tour, why not relax in the Royal Deck Tea Room? Sample freshly prepared, home-made food, stunning views and a warm welcome. Treat yourself with speciality teas, coffees and lunch where the Royal Family previously would have enjoyed drinks receptions, sumptuous buffets, or played deck games.

Within the menu, there are all the elements of a delicious afternoon tea, with a tempting choice of cakes, home-made scones, soups and sandwiches. Or why not indulge in a glass of wine, cold beer or even Champagne? Gluten and wheat free cakes, scones, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Remember to spot Clarence the cuddly corgi and his friends and pick up your badge at the end of your tour!

Exclusive Use

Britannia Grand Staircase 600X250

[Photo credit: Royal Yacht Britannia]

For a truly special experience, book a private tour of Britannia with expert guides who provide a unique insight into life on board. Step on board via the red carpet and up the Royal Brow, an entrance previously reserved for the Royal Family, as you are guided on a highlights tour of Britannia. Morning refreshments are included in the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room or in the evening enjoy a relaxing glass of Champagne. Each guest takes home a Britannia Guidebook as a memento of their visit.

How to find The Royal Yacht Britannia

Local buses 11 and 22 travel from the city centre to Britannia for only £1.80 each way, correct change needed and contactless payments accepted, with Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre and Britannia the final stop.
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