Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to pre-book tickets? 

Yes, please book your tickets in advance to guarantee admissionOur timed tickets allow for reduced capacity thereby allowing our visitors to adhere to social distancing measures. 

Do you offer military discount or NHS discount? 

Yes, we offer a rate of £8.75 with valid ID (Staff ID or payslip). These discounted tickets are only available at the ticket desk on the second floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. Please be reassured, even though it is not possible to book these discounted tickets in advance, you will still be able to buy your tickets and visit on the day.

Can I pre-book with my vouchers?

It is not possible or necessary to pre-book with Britannia Gift Vouchers/Virgin Experience Days/Leisure vouchers. Bring your vouchers with you on the day and our team at the ticket desk will process your admission.

When does the Yacht close and how long do I have after last admission? 

Our tickets are sold by arrival times and once you are on board you can stay as long as you wish within our opening hours. We close 2 hours after the last admission. 

2021 Admission Times 

First Admission 

Last Admission 

July - August



September - December*



*The Royal Yacht Britannia is closed on 25 December and 1 January. Last admission on 24 December is 2:30pm and 31 December is 3:00pm. 

Can I change my date/time slot if I can no longer make it? 

Yes, please contact us on 0131 555 5566 or email, Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00.

I pre-booked my ticket but I'm running late, can I still visit?  

Yes, you can still visit within our opening hours. Our team at the Visitor Centre will let you on board as soon as possible on your arrival.

How do I listen to your audio guide as I tour Britannia? 

Tours are self-guided and include an audio tour available on your mobile or an audio handset which is included in the price of admission. If possible, please bring your own headphones for use with your mobile phone. However if you are unable to do so, we do have disposable headphones available on request from our handsets desk.   

Is Britannia accessible? 

Britannia is highly accessible via a central lift. For further information please see our accessibility page and access statement. 

Please note, should you visit with someone acting in a carer capacity, they will receive free admission to Britannia. This ticket is only available on the day from the ticket desk on the second floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. It is not necessary or possible to book this in advance, however please be reassured that they will be able to visit with you on the day. 

Will the Royal Deck Tea Room, NAAFI and Gift Shop be open? 

Our Tea Room and Gift Shop will be open, however our NAAFI is currently closed. 

Will there be facilities and catering? 

Yes, all of our toilets and the Royal Deck Tea Room will be open. 

Can I pre-book a table in the Royal Deck Tea Room? 

No, as tables are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that you must purchase a Britannia admission ticket or be an Annual Pass holder to visit the Royal Deck Tea Room.

Can I leave luggage somewhere while I take the tour? 

No, for health and safety purposes we are unable to store luggage.  

What safety and hygiene measures will be in place? 

Please find further information on our Safety Measures page here. We are also part of the nationwide 'Good to Go' scheme. 

Other guidance we ask you to kindly follow whilst visiting: 

  • Adhere to social distancing.  
  • Wear a face covering, unless exempt.
  • Wash your hands after using the facilities.  
  • Use the hand sanitisers at every opportunity.   

Are you still accepting Annual Passes? 

We are accepting all valid Annual Passes. Please show your pass at Reception. For those passes that expired during our closure, we will add an additional 6 months. 

Is there parking? 

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 there motorhome parking available? 

There is no allocated motorhome parking, car parking is free and there are two multi-story car parks, with a surface car park by the Blue Car Park end, however these spaces have a restricted width. There are however, frequent bus services to Ocean Terminal. 

How long is a typical tour of Britannia? 

We recommend you allow 2 hours for your visit. Please allow longer if you wish to visit our stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. 

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. 

Can I take photographs on board? 

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

Does Britannia have hotel accommodation? 

There is no hotel accommodation on The Royal Yacht Britannia. Our sister ship, Fingal Hotel, offers 23 luxurious cabins, inspired by Fingal’s rich maritime heritage and named after Stevenson Lighthouses. Fingal Hotel is now permanently berthed just moments away from Britannia in the historic Port of Leith. Stay aboard and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar, serving Afternoon Tea, Dinner and spectacular cocktails, open to overnight guests and non-residents. 

I am an international traveller, can I visit following Brexit?

See advice for international visitors from national tourism agency Visit Scotland here

Last updated: 6 August 2021