Frequently asked questions

Do I need to book tickets in advance?

It is not usually necessary to book tickets in advance, although we do recommend pre-booking tickets in August during the Edinburgh Festival. If you choose to pre-book at other times of the year, it will normally enable quicker access to Britannia, particularly over the Easter, Summer and October school holidays. Book your tickets online.

All groups must book in advance.

How do I book a group?

Please contact our Group Sales Team. Pre-booking is necessary to receive a group discount and also to ensure availability on the date of your choice. The discount applies to groups of 15 or more: click here for more information.

Is car parking free?

Visitors to Britannia should use the Ocean Terminal car parks. Parking is free and level E of the blue car park will bring you out on the same level as the Britannia Visitor Centre. There are disabled spaces and dedicated parent and child parking bays available on this level.

Is Britannia near Edinburgh city centre?

Britannia is just two miles from the city centre, and only 15 minutes' drive from Princes Street. Lothian Buses run frequent services 11, 22 and Skylink 300 to Ocean Terminal from the city centre (£1.60, exact fare needed), or you can take the Majestic Tour Bus from Waverley Bridge. A taxi costs approximately £10 from Waverley train station. Download our map.

What are the opening times?

We are open every day except Christmas Day and New Year's Day

2017 admission times First admission Last admission
January, February, March, November, December* 10.00am 3.30pm
April, May, June, July, August, September 9.30am 4.30pm
October 9.30am 4.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

* Last admission on 24 December is 2.30pm and 31 December is 3.00pm.

What are the prices?

Ticket Price
Adult £15.50
Senior Citizen (aged 60+) £13.75
Child (aged 5-17) £8.50
Child (under 5)  Free
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children) £44.50
Student (full time, with ID) £13.75
HM Armed Forces (with valid ID) £8.50
Association of Royal Yachtsmen Members Free

Your audio handset tour is included in the ticket price.

Is there a restaurant?

The Royal Deck Tea Room is on board Britannia. It has stunning harbour views and offers table service. We serve speciality teas and coffees, soft drinks, beer and wine, and a delicious range of soup, sandwiches, cakes and scones. Tables are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Can I leave my luggage at Britannia?

We have an area where we are able to hold small items of luggage. Please note that any items are left at your own risk.

Do you accept Tesco vouchers?

Yes, we accept Tesco vouchers as payment towards admission. They cannot be used for pre-booking tickets or with any other offer and are not accepted in the shop or Tea Room.

Do you have Gift Vouchers?

Yes, Britannia Gift Vouchers can be used for admission tickets, in the Royal Deck Tea Room or in the Britannia Gift Shop in Ocean Terminal. You can buy them online or call 0131 555 5566 (Mon-Fri). We also offer Gift Tickets which are valid on any day of the year. Please call to book Gift Tickets. Our online shop also has vouchers for Bloodhound day sails and our Burns' Night evening event.

Is it a guided tour?

No, just before you board Britannia, you will receive an audio handset, this is used as your guide to tour the five main decks. The audio tour is available in a wide range of languages. There is also a children's version, version for visually impaired, English Braille script and tablet with British Sign Language. The tour is self-led and taken at your own pace. However, our excellent staff are available throughout the yacht to assist you, and perhaps even explain some of the finer points of interest on board.

Are the tours timed?

No, you are welcome to start your audio tour at any time within our opening hours.

How many items on board are original?

95% of the original items from when Britannia was in royal service are still on board including furniture, artefacts, paintings and photographs. These are kindly on loan to Britannia from the Royal Collection.

What do you see on board?

Highlights of the tour of five decks include the Sun Lounge, The Queen's bedroom, the State Dining and Drawing rooms which contrast with the working side of the ship, such as the Royal Marines' Barracks, the Sick Bay and the Engine Room. There is something for everyone; whether you are interested in the Royal Family, the Royal Navy, history, or just having a great day out.

Do you have toilet facilities?

There are toilets and baby changing facilities in Ocean Terminal, our Visitor Centre and also on board Britannia. These are located towards the middle and end of the tour on the gold and grey levels. There are also facilities in our Royal Deck Tea Room and Sailing Exhibition.

How accessible is Britannia for wheelchairs?

There is full wheelchair access within the Visitor Centre and on board Britannia. There is a lift alongside Britannia and ramps for easy access to all decks. There is also an internal lift to the Royal Deck Tea Room. Unfortunately the Britannia tour is not suitable for Shopmobility electric wheelchairs, and the Royal Deck Tea Room is not accessible by electric wheelchair because the original onboard lift is not big enough. However, we do have five wheelchairs available for your use at no extra charge. For more information on accessibility, please click here to see our Access Statement

How long is a typical tour of Britannia?

We recommend you allow 2 hours for your visit. In August you may wish to allow 2-3 hours as this is our busiest month.  Also, please allow longer if you wish to visit our stunning Royal Deck Tea Room.

Is there a shop?

We have an excellent Gift Shop that you can visit at the end of your tour or access directly through Ocean Terminal. It is next door to our Ticket Desk and Visitor Centre. You can also shop online.

Can I take photographs on board?

You are welcome to take photographs on board. There are some great photo opportunities on the outer decks.

Can you hire Britannia for an evening event?

Britannia is available as an exclusive venue for dinners, drinks receptions, product launches and awards ceremonies. For more information, please call the Events team on +44(0) 131 555 8800 or visit our Events pages.

Can I bring my dog on board?

We welcome guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs. It is not possible to bring other dogs into Ocean Terminal or on board Britannia.

What should I wear?

As the tour of Britannia takes place inside and outside on the decks, you should dress for all weather occasions. We also recommend you wear sensible footwear.

 

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