Experience Scotland's best visitor attraction (VisitScotland). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 30 different languages).
The Royal Yacht Britannia will be temporarily closed to visitors from 9am on Wednesday 4 November 2020 until Monday 29 March 2021. (Subject to Government guidelines at the time.)
Best UK Attraction 2020 (Which? readers) and Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Best of the Best award winner 2020
The Royal Yacht Britannia has attained VisitScotland's 'We're Good To Go' certificate, fully adhering to all the published guidelines, and more, as standards are already incredibly high, and carried out with passion and precision by the dedicated staff.
Be assured that everything will be taken care of, so all you have to do is have a great day out!
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 audio handset tour, available in 30 languages (including a children's version and British Sign Language tablet) is included in admission and covers Britannia's five main decks. This is available through our audio guides or on your smartphone. 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 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 the Gift Shop in Ocean Terminal, where you’ll find exclusive Britannia souvenirs, china, toys, gift food and nautical items.
Berthed just moments away, Britannia's sister ship, luxury floating hotel Fingal, offers 23 stunning cabins inspired by the former Northern Lighthouse Board tender's rich maritime heritage. For further information, visit Fingal's website.
- Read the Royal Yacht Britannia's reopening safety measures here.
- Free audio tour in 30 languages (as well as a special children’s version, version for people with sight loss, printed scripts, English Braille script plus a BSL tablet)
- Only 20 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 15 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.
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 www.firstgroup.com/scotrail/
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.
For further information on finding us, please see here.
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.