Royal Yacht Britannia

In a nutshell

The Royal Yacht Britannia is a child-friendly, five-star visitor attraction and a must see place to visit in Edinburgh.


Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh

Contact details

Tel: 0131 555 5566

Activity type

Historical Sites, Museums and Art Centres, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Royal Yacht Britannia details...

Edinburgh’s ultimate Regal waterborne attraction! Sail on down to Ocean Terminal in Leith and board the Royal Yacht Britannia, a child-friendly, five-star visitor attraction and a must see place to visit in Edinburgh. Consistently voted as Scotland’s Best visitor attraction by VisitScotland.

You’ll receive a truly warm welcome at the Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal (with free parking too!)  Before boarding, view the magnificent 3.3m LEGO model of Britannia, learn about the history of Royal Yachts and view displays and historical photographs of Britannia’s fascinating past.

Launched in 1953 at John Brown’s boatyard in Clydebank and sometimes called “the most famous ship in the world” Britannia was the last in a line of Royal Yachts, dating back 300 years to the reign of Charles II.  The Queen’s floating Royal residence for over 40 years and travelling over 1,000.000 miles in that time, The Royal Yacht Britannia hosted many world leaders such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Rajiv Gandhi. Follow in their footsteps as you explore the Royal Yacht, guided by your audio tour handset, (available in children’s version, and over 25 languages and in braille)  visit the Bridge, the crew’s quarters and of course, the State Apartments and Royal Bedrooms, not forgetting the spotless engine rooms, the sick bay and laundry along the way, and amazingly, the on-board Rolls Royce Phantom V that accompanied Her Majesty on State Visits all around the world and appears in many newsreels of the period.

Many of the items on display are the originals, gracefully loaned from The Royal Collection, along with some from other contributors. Note that the tour route is also fully accessible, furnished with ramps and lifts (although not suitable for Shopmobility scooters). Baby buggies are welcome and changing facilities are also available.

Why not round off your visit with tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room? Here, The Royal Family entertained guests, took refreshments and played deck games. Now sympathetically equipped with awning and glass walls The Royal Deck Tea Room offers an excellent selection of sandwiches, lunches, cakes and alcoholic and soft drinks, teas and coffees, all freshly prepared on board using as many ingredients as possible sourced from across Scotland.

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