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Royal Yacht Britannia

Having welcomed aboard Kings, Queens and Heads of State from around the world, the Royal Yacht Britannia now greets visitors to its permanent home in Leith. Offering a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Royal life at sea, a trip aboard its beautiful decks is an absolute must for maritime fans or people in search of the best Edinburgh attractions.

Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith
Credit: Marc Millar

Former yacht of reigning Queen Elizabeth II, it is estimated that in its 44 years of service, the Royal Yacht Britannia traveled the distance of a round-the-world trip each year. Towards the end of 1997, the yacht was retired from service and opened up to the public for exploration. Rated the UK’s number one attraction by TripAdvisor, the Royal Yacht Britannia is not an attraction to be missed on your next Edinburgh city break.

All Aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia

If you are planning to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, you can enjoy a complementary audio tour of the yacht’s five decks. The audio tour is available in 27 different languages, and there is also a special Children’s tour available. For those hard of hearing, there is also a printed version of the tour available in English, as well as tablets with British Sign Language.

Explore all that the Royal Yacht Britannia has to offer and discover what a day in the life of royalty would have been like on board. Explore the state apartments as well as the royal bedrooms, before uncovering how the ship was designed for the dual purpose of royal vessel and hospital yacht. Visit the engine room and be amazed by its gleam too! Feeling peckish? Then head on over to the Royal Deck Tea Room for a spot of lunch and enjoy freshly prepared, delicious homemade food.

Smooth Sailing All The Way

Ship's wheel with nautical markings

Join us here at the Parliament House Hotel on your next Edinburgh city break. Based in the heart of Edinburgh, close to all your favourite city centre attractions, our stunning hotel is the perfect place from which to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer. So if you are planning a trip to Edinburgh’s vibrant capital and the Royal Yacht Britannia, book one of our special offers now!

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