The Royal Yacht Britannia

Follow in the footsteps of Royalty.

The Royal Yacht Britannia Leith Inline

Welcoming nearly 400,000 worldwide 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 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.

A ship like no other, Britannia is a five-star visitor attraction and a must-see when in Edinburgh. Voted Travellers’ Choice (TripAdvisor 2021), 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[Image 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, which is available in 30 languages, as well as a children's version, covers Britannia's five main decks.

Tablets with the Britannia tour in British and American Sign Language are available, as is a printed version of the English language tour. The route is highly accessible with lifts and ramps throughout. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are welcome. See the full accessibility statement here >

Britannia Grand Staircase 600X250

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The fascinating tour starts at the Bridge, before exploring at your leisure the State Apartments, Crew's Quarters before finishing at the gleaming Engine Room. Over 220 Royal Yachtsmen lived and worked aboard Britannia - see where the crew relaxed and discover what life was like below decks.

Britannia Children By Bell Helen Pugh(Image Credit: Helen Pugh - Royal Yacht Britannia)

Remember to keep an eye open for Clarence the cuddly corgi and his friends as they hide along the tour route to receive your badge at the end of your tour!

Royal Deck Tea Room

Britannia Tearoom 600X250 By Helen Pugh[Image 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.

Exclusive Use

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Looking for a unique venue for a milestone birthday or anniversary, a special corporate or incentive event? Did you know that this very special ship can be exclusively yours for the evening?

The only royal yacht in the world available for exclusive hire, you and your guests will certainly feel like royalty as you dine on the finest Scottish dishes, prepared in the Royal Galley and enjoy a variety of exquisite rooms on this magnificent floating palace.

Discover more about hiring Britannia for exclusive use >

Travelling to The Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Bus Tour At St Andrews Square

Just a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh city centre, Britannia is located on the second floor in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre.

Lothian Bus services 11, 22 and 35 travel from the city centre to Britannia for only £1.80 each way. The correct change needed and contactless payments are accepted.

Alternatively, Edinburgh Bus Tours offer two hop-on-hop-off tours which call at Britannia. Valid for 48 hours, The Royal Edinburgh Ticket includes entry to The Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse. Chose The Majestic Tour and if you show your ticket, you will receive 10% off your Britannia admission. Edinburgh Bus Tours depart from St Andrew Square.