Royal Yacht Britannia
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Royal Yacht Britannia

Scotland > Edinburgh

What is the Royal Yacht Britannia?

This imposing five deck ship served as the Royal Yacht and used by Queen Elizabeth and her family for decades since its commision in 1954, soon after the ascencion of the new monarch. In 1997 a decision was made to retire the yacht and build no replacement - a contraversial decision by the Labour Government of the time. The yacht has been moored in Edinburgh since then as a museum and tourist attraction.

There is a great deal to see onboard the ship that has sailed over a million miles around the world as it traditionally follows the Queen on her foreign trips. With almost 1000 state visits under its belt including 700 to overseas destinations, the boat has welcomed a number of foreign dignitaries ranging from US Presidents Eisenhower, Ford and Reagan to members of various European Royal Families.

Sights inside include the Queen's bedroom, State Dining Room and the Admiral's cabin alongside numerous control and engine compartments. In addition, the royal family's Rolls-Royce Phantom V built in the sixties is parked in a purpose-built garage on the deck to be taken to destinations along with the boat. Naturally, every large ship has small fast boats for getting to and from the vessel and the Royal version does not disappoint.The Bloodhound racing yacht is moored beside the Royal Yacht and was reputedly a favourite of Prince of Wales who would sail it frequently with Princess Diana.

Opening Times

January 1st to March 31st

  • Open Daily: 10:00 AM to 03:30 PM

April 1st to September 30th

  • Open Daily: 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM

November 1st to December 31st

  • Open Daily: 10:00 AM to 03:30 PM

December 24th

  • Open Daily: 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM

December 31st

  • Open Daily: 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

August 1st to August 30th

  • Open Daily: 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Price Information

Entry to Royal Yacht Britannia

  • Adult : 15.50 GBP
  • Elders (Ages 61 - 150) : 13.75 GBP
  • Children (Ages 5 - 17) : 8.50 GBP
  • Children Free
  • Family : 44.50 GBP
  • Student : 13.75 GBP
  • Military : 8.50 GBP

Royal Yacht Britannia

Ocean Terminal

Edinburgh, Scotland

United Kingdom EH6 6JH