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The Royal Yacht Britannia

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    At your leisure, make your own way to the Royal Yacht Britannia at port in Leith (15 minutes from central Edinburgh). Before boarding, pass through the fascinating Visitor Centre to learn a bit of the ship’s history, see splendid historic photos and pick up your headset. This ship – which traveled more than one million miles during its 44 years in service – is the last in a line of 83 Royal Yachts. 
    Take a promenade along the five decks as your audio guide shares fascinating stories about the British Royal Family and the many guests who spent time on board such as Sir Winston Churchill, Boris Yeltsin, and Nelson Mandela. Admire the ship’s many features from the furnishings on loan from the Royal Collection to the State Drawing Room, the Sun Lounge, and the Admiral’s Cabin. Fun for all, boat enthusiasts will particularly enjoy seeing the working side of the ship such as the crew's quarters.
    If whimsy strikes you, head to the Royal Deck Tea Room where you may purchase sandwiches, baked treats, warm drinks or alcoholic beverages. Relax in the same spot where the British Royal Family enjoyed extravagant buffets and receptions over the years.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    Fantastic experience to act be able to go onboard and visit the royal yacht. Beautifully presented and preserved for everyone to see. It was great to be able to walk all around the various rooms and different areas for both crew and royal family.More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Rovingmum
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded today

    We are thrilled that you had such an amazing experience on board Britannia, and that you found it to be so well preserved. As you mention, during the tour you not only get to explore the elegant State Apartments but also the Crew’s Quarters and...More

    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    The yard is a little bit out-of-the-way. I started to walk but after a mile I decided to hail a cab. It was well worth it. The yacht is not only impressive but impeccably maintained. The history of the yacht is provided through throughout the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank MagieMary
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded today

    It is wonderful to learn that you found your experience on board Britannia to be so amazing. We are delighted that you found the Yacht to be so impeccably maintained, as our Maintenance and Housekeeping teams work incredibly hard to maintain Britannia to the same...More

    Reviewed yesterday

    I can see why this is rated as a must do in Edinburgh. I truly felt royal on this yachet. This was part of the royal Edinburgh ticket and it was wonderful to see. Yes it awkward to go in the mall to the second...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Rosalove7
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded today

    Many thanks for visiting Britannia and for leaving us a five-star review! The Royal Edinburgh ticket is indeed a fantastic way of visiting Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Royal Yacht Britannia, and also includes 48 hours free travel around the city on...More

    Reviewed yesterday

    the yatch is part of the history and being able to visit it is a great opportunity. The visit is very well tought as you go by yourself with an audio guide. And it is one of the fews in Edimburgh to have it in...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank pmp007
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded today

    Thank you for visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia. We are pleased that you enjoyed exploring the five decks, from the Bridge to the Engine Room, using our complimentary audio guide, available in a choice of 30 languages. Indeed, we do recommend allowing around two hours...More

    Reviewed 2 days ago

    A fantastic self-guided tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia well worth the visit. If travelling to RYB from Princes Street take Bus 11 or 22 which takes about 20/25mins and drops off directly at Ocean Terminal. All sign posted to RB and tickets can be...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Youngflyers
    Robert G, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded today

    We are thrilled to learn that you had such a fantastic experience on board Britannia. As you mention, Britannia is accessible by bus with numbers 11, 22 and 35 travelling from the city centre for £1.70 each way for adults (correct change needed or use...More

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    Diane L
    16 July 2019|
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    Response from Tricia T | Reviewed this property |
    I am not certain where you ship docks. There is a cruise ship dock very near the Britannia; however, it looks like it is for small ships.
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    shivanit750
    7 June 2019|
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    Response from caroline m | Reviewed this property |
    Sorry not sure what you were meaning. The boat is static as mo longer a working boat
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    travel07Michigan
    24 May 2019|
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    Response from Moira A | Reviewed this property |
    Not sure what your question is? Can you repost your question, thanks
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    • Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Terminal
    • Duration: 2h
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