About Royal Yacht Britannia:
With over 1,000,000 miles under its belt and over 4 decades on the world's oceans, The Royal Yacht Britannia finally came to rest at Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal in 1997. Since then the vessel has come to rank amongst the UK's most popular visitor attractions, even being rated by TripAdvisor as No.1 in 2014. But what is it about her that draws in crowds by the thousand?
During its time as the oceanic residence of the Royal Family, Britannia was essentially a floating stage for meetings between some of the world's most famous faces. Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi, have all graced its decks.
Opening Hours (2019)*:
- Jan, Feb & Mar: 10:00 to 15:30.
- Apr-Oct: 09:30 to 16:30.
- Nov-Dec: 10:00 to 15:30.
- *Britannia is open daily except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Last admission on Christmas Eve is 14:30 and New Year’s Eve is 15:00. Visitors arriving at last admission will be allowed 2 hours to complete their tour.
- Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ.
- The route in and out of Royal Yacht Britannia is fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with other mobility devices.
- Multi-Lingual Audio & Special Kids Audio Guide.
- Gift Shop.
Visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia?
Experiences begin with a warm welcome at Britannia's Visitor Centre on the second floor of Ocean Terminal. Here you'll receive an overview of the ship's history, which is vividly illustrated by displays of items from the Royal Collection and an array of historical photographs. Before climbing aboard the Britannia get your audio guide (available in 30 languages), or for those with hearing/visual impairments: a tablet featuring British Sign Language and English Braille.
Once aboard your handheld guide will reveal the facts and history behind Britannia's 5 main decks: the Bridge, State Apartments, Royal Bedrooms, Crews Quarters and Engine Room. Keep your eyes peeled for a few surprises such as a Rolls-Royce Phantom V that used to travel with the ship. Amongst the stately grandeur you'll also witness the finer details of daily life in areas such as the Sick Bay and Laundry Rooms.
After exploring all the main areas head along to the Royal Sailing Exhibition, where you'll learn about Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound (unavailable July & August). Then there's the Royal Deck Tea Room, perfect for enjoying a cup of tea and a scone/cake, or the NAAFI sweet shop that sells tasty home-made fudge.
Note that an ideal way of getting to Royal Yacht Britannia if you're sightseeing in central Edinburgh is the Majestic Bus Tour, whose 8th stop places you next to Ocean Terminal shopping centre.
RYB photographs in above carousel © Marc Millar.