Hop aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia for a majestic tour with a real difference. This luxury yacht was the floating residence of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family from 1953 to 1997, transporting them in style around the world for foreign visits, state receptions and family holidays for over 40 years.
After decommissioning in 1997, Britannia is now permanently berthed in Edinburgh and has become one of the most highly rated and popular tourist attractions in the United Kingdom. Visitors flock to the Ocean Terminal at Leith to experience what life was like aboard the world-famous ship and to discover the fascinating history it holds within.
Apart from The Queen herself and other members of the Royal Family, a number of important world leaders including Sir Winston Churchill, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela have also graced The Royal Yacht with their presence.
On arrival, a free audio guide handset leads you on a journey around Britannia, covering five decks. Visitors have the opportunity to visit the Royal Bedrooms, State Apartments, Crew’s Quarters, Engine Room and more.
Also onboard is The Queen’s Rolls-Royce which was always ready to transport the Royal Family when they reached their various destinations. While Britannia’s interiors are undoubtedly fine and elegant, they are surprisingly devoid of pomp and grandeur, instead showcasing The Queen’s preference for a simple, no-fuss style of daily living.
With so much to soak up and explore, allowing at least two hours for a visit is recommended. Hike that up to three hours or so if you would like to experience refreshments served with excellent water views at the Royal Deck Tea Room. The Royal Yacht Britannia is located 15 minutes from the city centre at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh’s Leith district. Lothian Bus services 11, 22 or 35 departing from the city centre will drop you off nearby.