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While in Edinburgh, get a glimpse into what life was like for the Royal Family by touring the Royal Yacht Britannia. First launched by Queen Elizabeth in 1953, the Britannia has sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world and has been everywhere from the Australia to Asia! This ship was more than just a way to travel, it was a home where the entire family could travel together and even the way Prince Charles and Princess Diana went on their honeymoon.
The ship was formally decommissioned in 1997, and now serves a museum where it has the same furnishings as it did when the Queen would have last taken it.
The audio tour is complementary and will take you on a guided and detailed tour of everything you will see on the Britannia’s five main decks. You can tour at your own pace. There is also a kid version as well as a Corgi spotting activity where kids look for the Queen’s corgis on the ship.
What you will see on the Royal Yacht Britannia :
Fabulous State Apartments and Royal Bedrooms. The Royal Yacht Britannia is the only place you can see the bedroom of a living British monarch. The Queen’s room was adjoining to that of her husbands. When Prince Charles and Diana slept here, they also had separate beds (in the same room).
The Sun Lounge where the Royal Family could relax and taken in the views from the large windows that span across the front of the room.
The Royal Deck Tea Room where you can stop and have a treat! We had pastries and coffee, while the kids enjoyed a hot chocolate. This space was once used for cocktail parties and receptions.
While on board, you can also sample home-made fudge in the NAAFI sweet shop! It is delicious and a great take away gift.
You will see the families living space and formal spaces where the Royals would entertain guests.
Finish your visit with a trip to the Gift Shop. You will find many nautical items, china featuring the Royal emblem and various souvenirs showcasing the Queen’s corgis.
Ticket Information for the Royal Yacht Britannia
We suggest purchasing your tickets in advance because only a certain number of people are permitted access to the ship at a time. You should plan to be on the ship for approximately 2 hours.
- Adults $23 USD
- Seniors 60+ $20 USD
- Children 5-17 $12 USD
- Children 0-4 FREE
How to get to the Royal Yacht Britannia
The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley.
If coming by car, simply follow brown Britannia signs. There is free parking at Ocean Terminal
Britannia is berthed alongside Ocean Terminal. Here you will find an upscale waterfront shopping centre with more than 70 shops, bars, restaurants and a cinema. Britannia’s Visitor Centre is located on the second floor of Ocean Terminal.
Have you taken a trip to the Royal Yacht Britannia? What was your favorite part of the ship?