The Royal Yacht Britannia



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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 Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. The experience starts in the Visitor Centre where you can discover Britannia's fascinating story. Then step aboard for a self-led audio tour which takes you around five decks giving a unique insight into what life was like for the Royal Family, officers and yachtsmen. Highlights include the State Apartments, Admiral's Cabin, Engine Room, Laundry and Sick Bay. Visit the Royal Deck tea room. A Braille script of the tour is available, and the audio tour is available in 30 languages. Photo credits: bell - Helen Pugh; yacht & state room - Marc Millar

The Royal Yacht Britannia
Ocean Terminal,Leith,EDINBURGH,EH6 6JJ


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: All decks are fully accessible, lifts to all levels, BSL tablets, Braille scripts & audioguide in 30 languages
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily, Jan-Mar 10-3.30; Apr-Sept 9.30-4.30; Oct 9.30-4; Nov-Dec 10-3.30 (last admission 24 Dec 2.30, 31Dec 3). Closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan

About the area

Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.

It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.

A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days. 


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