Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ.

The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the world’s most famous ships, now berthed in Leith in Edinburgh and open to visitors.

Commissioned by King George VI shortly before his death, the Royal Yacht Britannia was built in Scotland and launched by his daughter Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The grand ship was used as a Royal Residence for over 44 years, taking the Queen and her family on state visits and holidays to 135 countries.

The ship is now a 5 star attraction. Visitors to Edinburgh can board her at Ocean Terminal in Leith and experience Her Majesty’s Britannia in all of her glory. There are five main decks to explore with a fascinating audio guide, including a children’s version. There are also BSL tablets, Braille script and each deck is fully accessible for buggies and wheelchairs.

On the top decks you can check out the state apartments, Royal bedrooms and sun lounge, take tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room and sample homemade fudge in the sweet shop. In contrast to the glamour and luxury, there’s also the chance to go below deck and discover what life was like for the ship’s crew.

There are many treasures to discover on board Britannia, such as art work from the Royal Collection and historical artefacts including photographs, furniture, crockery, equipment and mementos.

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