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Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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Aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, see how the royals lived while on the water. Originally launched in 1953 and decommissioned in 1997, this luxury ship features lavish living and entertainment quarters spread across five main decks. Take an audio tour, which is included in the cost of your ticket. The tour covers the bridge, state apartments, royal bedrooms, sun lounge, royal deck tearoom, the crew's quarters, and the gleaming engine room. Hear details on each room, see photos of the royal family onboard the ship, and discover what life was like for crewmembers serving royalty. If you have a sweet tooth, don't leave without trying fudge from the onboard sweet shop. Work out when and for how long to visit Royal Yacht Britannia and other Edinburgh attractions using our handy Edinburgh trip builder site.
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  • This tour was good. We had an audio hand piece and the tour took about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. It was interesting and the footage and pictures of the royal family over the decades was very informative. We....  more
    This tour was good. We had an audio hand piece and the tour took about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. It was interesting and the footage and pictures of the royal family over the decades was very informative. We....  more »
  • This was a very nice thing to do. The 5 of us enjoyed this tour very much. This has been preserved very well. 
    This was a very nice thing to do. The 5 of us enjoyed this tour very much. This has been preserved very well.  more »
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  • An absolutely wonderful day out. I visited for my birthday and the sun was shining — being by the coast I could have been anywhere in the world! I didn’t feel like I was 15 minutes from Edinburgh centre! The whole experience is a delight — from the entrance with friendly and welcoming staff, to the huge Lego model of the yacht, to the overall tour itself. The tour is far more interesting and exciting than I expected. There are state rooms far larger than I would ever have imagined, and the crew facilities (including three bars!) were fascinating to see. I also loved how there were a few fun elements in each room — like the odd corgi scattered here and there, including one with a face mask in the ship’s hospital room. Be sure to head to the tea room to round off your trip with a cream tea looking out to sea! A wonderful day out, I can’t recommend it enough!
  • This is definitely my top Edinburgh attraction! We spent more than 2 hours there because... we just couldn't miss the royal afternoon tea with scones! ☕️🍰 It was just delightful! We learned so much about the Royal Family and their modern life on this yacht! Loved the decor and attention to every detail. The engine room was just magnificent! If you haven't got time to do the whole Royal Edinburgh Tour, visit the yacht - it's so worth it! 🛳

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