Exterior photo of The Royal Yacht Britannia,© Marc Millar
© Marc Millar

The Royal Yacht Britannia

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Explore all five decks of the Best UK Attraction and former floating palace of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Hear fascinating stories with your free audio guide.

A boy, wearing a blue t-shirt  stands beside a girl wearing a blue dress and white cardigan both hold on to the rope coming from a silver bell with red interior. The bell says HM Yacht Britannia on it.,© Helen Pugh
  • A boy, wearing a blue t-shirt  stands beside a girl wearing a blue dress and white cardigan both hold on to the rope coming from a silver bell with red interior. The bell says HM Yacht Britannia on it.,© Helen Pugh
    © Helen Pugh
  • A boy, wearing a blue t-shirt and blue hooded jumper, sits beside a girl wearing a blue, flower patterned dress, white cardigan and captain's hat sit in the captain's chair in the ship's bridge. ,© Helen Pugh
    © Helen Pugh
  • A woman wearing a navy blazer with a white and red striped t-shirt and her husband, who wears a blue and white shirt with grey woollen blazer both listen to audio handsets on the deck.,© Helen Pugh
    © Helen Pugh
  • Father, son and daughter look at the signal flags which are organised into a cabinet.,© Helen Pugh
    © Helen Pugh
  • Family sit in the Royal Deck Tea Room having scones and tea.,© Helen Pugh
    © Helen Pugh
  • The Grand Staircase, gold and dark wood railings with a taupe coloured carpet. Pink and yellow flowers are on a white podium to the right of the staircase.,© Marc Millar
    © Marc Millar
  • Floral sofas sit either side of the fireplace. A painting of The Royal Yacht Britannia sits above the fireplace.,© Marc Millar
    © Marc Millar


Discover Tripadvisor's No.1 UK Attraction, The Royal Yacht Britannia. For over forty years, the Royal Yacht sailed over one million miles on nearly a thousand official visits for the British Royal Family. Now berthed in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith, just two miles from the city centre, Britannia is a fascinating visitor attraction and one of the UK’s most prestigious event venues.

The fascinating audio tour, available in 30 languages, takes visitors round five decks and is a rare glimpse into the public and private lives of the British Royal Family. Step aboard and follow in the footsteps of royalty to see where the Royal Family enjoyed their own family holidays and entertained presidents, prime ministers and celebrities from President Nelson Mandela to Frank Sinatra.

Highlights of the tour include the State Apartments, the Sun Lounge and the gleaming Engine Room. Remember to count the cuddly corgis in the Cuddly Corgi Treasure Hunt! Experience stunning waterfront views and waiter service in the Royal Deck Tea Room, where you can enjoy a warm welcome as well as delicious cakes, scones, soups and sandwiches, made on board.

The Royal Yacht Britannia is closed on 1 January and 25 December. The last admission to the Royal Yacht on 24 December is 2:30pm. Please check the Britannia website for full opening times.

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Accessible Parking



Hearing Loop


Payment Methods

Credit Card

Debit Card

American Express


No Pets Allowed


Baby Changing Facilities





Accessible Parking

On Public Transport Route




Licensed Bar

Lunch Available

Cuisine Types



Dietary Options

Vegetarian Meals available

Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Green Tourism

Green Tourism Gold


Access guide

Accessible parking

Accessible toilets

American Sign Language

British Sign Language

Hearing Loop

Large print, braille or audio

Level access from entrance to reception

Level access to main entrance

Lift or stairlift

Suitable for visitors with limited mobility

Wheelchair access throughout

Wheelchairs or mobility aids provided

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