What to expect from your visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia

Scotland's Best Visitor Attraction - VisitScotland

Discover what life was like on board Her Majesty's floating Royal residence. You can follow in the footsteps of world leaders such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Rajiv Gandhi. Now The Royal Yacht Britannia is a five-star visitor attraction and a must see place to visit in Edinburgh. This famous ship is in the Top 5 UK Landmark Attractions (TripAdvisor 2018-19) and has consistently been judged Scotland's best visitor attraction by national tourism agency, VisitScotland, for twelve years' running. 


You'll receive a truly warm welcome at Britannia's Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal, which has free parking. Before you step aboard, view our LEGO replica model of Britannia, learn about the history of Royal Yachts, view displays and historical photographs of Britannia's fascinating past.

What will you see?

The complimentary audio handset tour covers Britannia's five main decks. (There's also handsets for kids). You start at the Bridge, explore the State Apartments, Crew's Quarters and finish at the Engine Room. From here you can also visit the Royal Sailing Exhibition and learn about the Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound.*

The majority of items on view are the originals, kindly on loan from the Royal Collection and other contributors. The route is fully accessible with lifts and ramps throughout. More information on accessibility. 

Tour highlights video:

Our FREE audio tour

The fascinating audio tour is included in your admission price. It is available in 30 languages and there is a children's version. We also have tablets available with the tour in British Sign Language, a printed version of our English language tour, audio handset for people with sight loss and an English Braille script.


  • Fabulous State Apartments and Royal Bedrooms
  • The relaxing Sun Lounge
  • The stunning Royal Deck Tea Room
  • Life below decks in the Sick Bay and the Laundry
  • Sample home-made fudge in the NAAFI sweet shop
  • The onboard Rolls-Royce Phantom V, that used to travel on Britannia
  • The Gleaming Engine Room
  • Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound
  • Finish your visit with a trip to our Gift Shop or shop online
  • 11 foot LEGO model of Britannia

Looking for a private tour?

Private tours can be arranged on board Britannia. Both early morning tours and evening tours are available. A personal guide will give guests a unique insight into the history of the Royal Yacht and how the Royal Family and crew lived and worked on board. Refreshments will be provided as part of your Royal experience on board. Private tours must be booked in advance with a member of our team and are subject to availability. For more information or prices, please email us or contact us during office hours on +44 (0) 131 555 8800.

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