If you are into the Royal Family then this is for you for sure but if you aren't massive fans then i'd maybe give this a miss, there's much better attractions about Edinburgh's history and culture. Firstly, RYB is outside of the main centre of Edinburgh and located within a shopping centre in Leith so it's a little out of the way. I understand it has to be in water but they could maybe have their own building for it at the port rather than putting it in a shopping centre. A few Lothian buses and some of the Tour buses go there. For a boat that is no longer in use, I found it very restrictive, you could look into rooms and areas but not go into a lot of them which I found odd. The audioguide device is massive and clunky and after a while I just gave up using it. I saw one female staff member on deck and she assisted with taking photos for you which was nice and helpful but I didn't see a lot of staff on hand except in the gift shop which was filled with Royal and UK items. Personally I'd rather explore the old town and the museums there to learn about Edinburgh rather than about the Royal Family.
Thank you for visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia. We are sorry to learn that the tour was “not your cup of tea”. As you mention, Britannia is docked alongside Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in the historic Port of Leith, with our Visitor Centre accessed via the second floor of Ocean Terminal. This has allowed us to turn Britannia into a highly accessible attraction for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Ocean Terminal is easily accessible from Edinburgh City Centre, with bus numbers 11, 22 and Skylink 300 all departing regularly for £1.70 each way (correct change needed). The handheld audio guide, and tour route around Britannia have been designed to ensure that the route flows easily, and is as accessible as possible for all of our visitors, allowing access to most of the major rooms and apartments. This enables all our visitors to enjoy the tour as fully as possible, but does mean several of the smaller cabins can only be seen through viewing windows. For the information of others, Britannia has officially been rated by our national tourist board to be Scotland’s best visitor attraction for the last 12 consecutive years and in TripAdvisor’s UK Top 10 for the last five years, something we are very proud to have achieved.