The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

Historic Ships & Boats

Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6 6JJ

    Experience one of the UK's Top 3 Attractions (TripAdvisor 2015). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 27 different languages).

    The Royal Yacht Britannia played host to some of the world’s most famous people, but above all was home for the British Royal Family for over 40 years. Now berthed in Leith, Edinburgh, you can discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

    You'll receive a truly warm welcome at Britannia's Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal before you step aboard this famous ship. Learn about the history of Royal Yachts and view displays and historical photographs of Britannia's fascinating past.

    'The world's most translated tour'. Our audio handset tour, available in 27 languages (including a special children's version and British Sign Language tablet) is included in admission and covers Britannia's five main decks. You start at the bridge, discover the Royal Apartments, explore the Crew's Quarters and finish at the Engine Room. From here, you can also view Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound and the Royal Sailing Exhibition. The route is fully accessible with lifts and ramps throughout.

    You can also enjoy stunning waterfront views in the Royal Deck Tea Room, as our friendly waiters serve speciality teas and coffees, delicious home-made scones, soups and sandwiches, all made on board. Complete the Britannia experience with a visit to our Gift Shop in Ocean Terminal, where you’ll find exclusive Britannia souvenirs, china, toys, gift food and nautical items.

    Tour Highlights:

    • Magnificent Royal Apartments and Royal Bedrooms
    • The Sun Lounge - The Queen's favourite room
    • Sample home-made fudge in the NAAFI sweet shop
    • Treat yourself in the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room

    Helpful information:

    -  Free audio tour in 27 languages (as well as a special children’s version, version for people with sight loss, printed scripts, English Braille script plus a British Sign Language tablet)
    -  Only 15 minutes from Edinburgh’s city centre (Majestic Tour Bus, or local bus services 11, 22 and 35)
    -  Free car parking
    -  All weather experience
    -  Fully accessible for wheelchair users, single buggies and those with limited mobility
    -  Ask about our Annual Pass

    A visit to Britannia is an ideal day out for groups. Special rates are offered to pre-booked groups of 10 or more. Please call us on +44 (0) 131 555 8800 and let us help you plan your day, or visit the groups pages of our website.

    Exclusive dinners and receptions can be hosted on board. Call our events team on +44 (0) 131 555 8800 and see how we can create your event of a lifetime, or visit the events pages of our website.

    A private tour on board The Royal Yacht Britannia is an exclusive experience, giving you access to Britannia’s five decks, and a unique insight into the history of the Royal Yacht and how the Royal Family and crew lived and worked on board. Both Morning and Evening tours are available. Call our events team on +44 (0) 131 555 8800 or for more information visit our website.

    Britannia is cared for by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, a self-funding charity registered in Scotland (SC028070). By visiting Britannia you will be helping us to preserve this important piece of history for future generations.

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    5 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Gold Taste Our Best
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    2 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Open year round, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

    (January - March) Daily 10:00 with last admission 15:30
    (April - September) Daily 9:30 with last admission 16:30
    (October) Daily 9:30 with last admission at 16:00
    (November - December) Daily 10:00 with last admission at 15:30


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Dairy Free
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Gluten Free
    • Lunch Available
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • Electron
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available


    • ASVA Member
    • Level Access


    • Coastal Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Waterfront Location Just 2 miles from Edinburgh's city centre.

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Road Directions

    Follow signs to Edinburgh and Leith or North Edinburgh. Then follow brown tourist signs for Britannia. Free car parking at Ocean Terminal (blue car park, level E is nearest). For satnav our postcode is EH6 6JJ.

    Public Transport Directions

    By bus: Majestic Tour Bus and Lothian Buses 11, 22 and 35 run from the city centre to Ocean Terminal. Majestic Tour buses depart regularly from Waverley Bridge in the centre of Edinburgh. The Majestic Tour is operated by Edinburgh Bus Tours.

    By train: First ScotRail offer an all-inclusive, money saving ticket to visit Britannia from all First ScotRail stations including rail, Majestic Tour bus and admission. First ScotRail: 08457 48 49 50

    By plane: Britannia is approximately 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh Airport.

    The entrance to Britannia is via our Visitor Centre on the 2nd floor of Ocean Terminal shopping centre.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements
    • Menus available in large print [i.e.14pt and over]


    • There is a lift

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Audio
      • Braille
      • Large print (at least 14 point)
      • Other, please specify BSL Tablet

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

    Blue Peter aboard Britannia
    Evening events aboard Britannia

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