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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. The ship offers 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.

This is the former yacht of reigning Queen Elizabeth II. In its 44 years of service, the Royal Yacht Britannia travelled the approximate 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 a must-see attraction on your next Edinburgh city break.