The Royal Yacht Britannia introduces a new BSL hand-held tablet for deaf and hard of hearing visitors

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The Royal Yacht Britannia introduces a new BSL hand-held tablet for deaf and hard of hearing visitors

Britannia has launched a British Sign Language hand-held tablet to cater for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing. The user-friendly devices enable deaf visitors to enjoy the full tour of this iconic former floating palace.

Included in the price of the entrance ticket, the tablets help make the Britannia visitor experience as accessible as possible. DeafAction's Linda Richards commented, "A pleasant surprise and very helpful.  It is not often I can access information in my own language". Not only does Britannia offer the BSL tablet for deaf and hard of hearing visitors, but a printed version of the English Language tour is also available. Visitors collect these from the hand-set desk before they set foot on the Yacht. For visitors who are blind or partially sighted, Britannia has an audio handset tour in English which has additional explanations on the layout of the Royal Yacht.

Wheelchair users will find lifts and ramps throughout the tour route, plus VisitScotland has classed Britannia as Category 1, the highest level for wheelchair access without assistance. Hearing dogs, guide dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are also very welcome. More information can be found at /accessibility/ 

An unforgettable attraction for visitors, as well as a prestigious evening events venue, Britannia is regarded as one of Edinburgh's 'must -see' experiences. This absolute commitment to quality resulted in 295,000 visiting the Royal Yacht last year, the highest numbers since 2003.

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

The audio tour is available in 22 languages plus BSL, with the addition of five new languages next year; Brazilian Portuguese, Punjabi, Turkish, Thai and Cantonese. Highlights of the visitor experience include the State Dining Room, The Queen's Bedroom, the Engine Room and the Royal Deck Tea Room.

Notes for editors For further information please contact Gillian Armstrong at The Royal Yacht Britannia on 0131 555 8800 or email: Gilliana@tryb.co.uk

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