Child and pram friendly attractions can sometimes be a struggle to find, especially during the school holidays. With this in mind, we decided to ask mother-of-two, Kathryn, to visit Britannia with her family to experience just how accessible and accommodating Scotland’s Best Attraction really is.
As a mother of a lively 3 year old and 5 month old baby we love to get out and about at weekends whether into the great outdoors or the attractions in and around Edinburgh and Lothians. I had wanted to return to this excellent all weather attraction for some time, but was reticent at the thought of taking a pram round this floating palace. I needn’t have worried. From the moment we rolled through, we were immersed in the history of this great yacht which sailed a million miles around the world.
We comfortably started the tour of walking in the footsteps of royalty. Visitor Guides, Carol and Jerry welcomed us so warmly at the handset desk and what a bonus it was to discover there was a children’s audio tour which kept child number 1 entertained for the whole duration. This, coupled with the ‘I spy’ game of ‘spotting the corgis’ which were hidden around the yacht throughout the whole tour, kept him quiet and afforded the luxury of enjoying our visit without having to keep him amused. You would imagine from the very layout of a yacht there would be challenges taking a pram through the 5 decks, however the ease of flow, excellent signposting and exquisite customer service, all added up to one of the most ‘hassle free’ tours we have ever done.
All levels are accessed via lift; all colour coded with the opportunity to view the State Apartments, as well as the crew’s quarters below deck. We had fancied some refreshments, so we decided to make our way to The Royal Deck Tea Room with great views over the Forth and a handsome menu, and tea served with a silver teapot and jug. Quite the royal experience. The baby change facilities were both spotless and well accessed – a true pleasure compared to some cramped facilities you often experience.
We continued our tour with the descent to the crew’s quarters and the Engine Room. I was apprehensive about taking a pram to what I anticipated to be a cramped area of the ship, however, once again, the flow was a dream. With opportunity to dress up in sailor garb, view The Royal Sailing Exhibition and to taste and, of course, buy the delicious fudge from the onboard NAAFI, it was quite simply the cherry on top of what was an easy, hassle-free ride through Scotland’s Best Attraction.
What were the positives?
- Ease of pram access throughout.
- The visitor guides who were wonderfully helpful.
- The Tea Room experience with area to park the pram and excellent changing facilities.
- Clear and concise signposting.
Would you recommend any improvements?
While the audio tour is deeply informative, when pushing a pram it is a bit challenging to hold to your ear. Earphones would be a great bonus to enjoy the commentary hands free! *
Book tickets now to visit us this February half-term break!
*Earphones are available on request at our handset desk, prior to beginning your tour.
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