A long life
Britannia was launched in Scotland in 1953 and, since then, has served the Royal Family in 968 official voyages, travelling over one million miles, stopping at 600 ports and in over 135 countries.
The Queen felt at home when she travelled on the vessel and the photos of her children and grandchildren still hang on the walls of the Britannia, as well as various personal items and gifts given to the family on their travels around the world.
Throughout its 44 years of service, Britannia has been a residence for official receptions, banquets, and State visits. For these events, 45 members of the royal household would climb on board with 5 tons of luggage.
In 1997, after over 40 years of service, the vessel was decommissioned and is now berthed at Leith Port where curious visitors can explore the majestic Britannia.
The visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia begins in the Visitor Centre found on the second floor of the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. In this centre, you’ll be able to discover the vessel’s past through numerous photographs.
Before visiting the Royal Yacht, you will be given an English audio guide with all the details of the vessel.
Beginning with a visit to Britannia’s Bridge, visitors will also explore the State Apartments, the Crew’s Quarters and finish at the Engine Room.
Although the Queen’s chambers are very plainly decorated, other parts of the vessel are extremely lavish, like the Rolls Royce that sits permanently in the vessel’s garage.
A ship like no other
Even if you are not passionate about boats, wandering through the Royal Yacht Britannia’s rooms will satisfy any inquiries about the Queen and the Royal Family you might have. Information such as, who slept in what room, how many people worked on board, what visitors were invited to visit the Britannia and the countries it has visited, making for an entertaining tour.
From January to March:
Open daily: 10 am – 3:30 pm
From April to October:
Open daily: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
November and December:
Open daily: 10 am – 4 pm
Seniors and students: £14.50
Children (aged 5 – 17): £8.75
Buses: Ocean Terminal, 11, 22 or 35.