The Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia
- "Scotland's best visitor attraction"
Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 22 different languages). Enjoy stunning waterfront views in the Tea Room and complete your tour in the fabulous Gift Shop.
- Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- EH6 6JJ
- 01315 555566
|January, February, March, November, December; 10.00am 3.30pm April, May, June, September, October ; 10.00am 4.30pm July, August; 9.30am 4.30pm|
|Private car park|
20 September 2010
Spent the afternoon on this wonderful tourist attraction down at Ocean Terminal. If you're local you can donate the same amount as the entrance fee and get a free annual pass!!! This allows you to visit as often as you like in the next 12 months! All you have to do is provide a passport type photo! At £10.50 it's good value for money and you can go at your own pace! The commentary via your own telephone handset takes 1hr 15mins to listen to. There are guides all around who will answer any questions and you are allowed to take as many pics as you like!!!
A visit to the Royal Deck Tearoom is a lovely treat! £2.95 for a pot of tea, £2.65ish for coffee( they also serve soups sandwiches scones etc)
Would recommend for locals and visitors alike!
31 July 2010
Situated at Ocean Terminal the site is well served by buses from Edinburgh city centre,and there is free parking for those coming by road.The tour begins in the visitor centre where large poster boards explain the history of, and life aboard,"Britannia".At the finish of this the visitor is given an audio player for use as you progress around the ship.All points of interest around the decks are numbered and as you arrive at each site you press the relevant audio numbers and receive a personal commentary.The tour starts at the top of the vessel and works its way down to the engine room.En route there are numerous guides to assist if required and also to answer any questions you may have,and their knowledge is extensive.On the royal deck is the recently opened "Royal Deck Tearoom",serving soups,sandwiches,cakes etc,whilost drinks include tea,coffee,soft drinks,wine,water,beers and lagers.On the day of my visit they were serving a lunchtime special of a soup,a sandwich,potatoe wedges and a garlic dip for £9.50,a bit pricey but worth it for the surroundings.At the end of the tour you hand in your audio set and exit through the gift shop,which has the usual range of visitor centre items on sale.The really good thing about this attraction is that you go round at your own pace with nobody hurrying you up.It is certainly worth visiting if you are in the Edinburgh area as the yacht has now become a part of the history of the royal family and does give an insight into their life away from the public gaze.
22 June 2009
An interesting insight into the way the other half live!!
A great day out in a nice setting. Nice to have Ocean Terminal just beside it too.
Loved the smell of freshly cooked bread on board (they were preparing for an evening function) and the freshly made fudge (made on board, and nestled away on one of the lower decks) was superb!
20 February 2009
Spent the evening here at a gala dinner with work. I have to rate this as the best dinner experience ever. We had access to the Queen’s lounge and ate a beautiful meal in the State Banqueting room. The food was absolutely perfect and the service faultless. This really was an experience of a lifetime. This was not cheap but it was worth every penny. Absolutely amazing
26 January 2009
This is an interesting place to visit but if you go in the winter wrap up warmly, you are on deck several times on the tour and it was blowing a gale when we went! It’s a bit pricey so on your way through the shopping centre, or if you are in Edinburgh beforehand, look out for a city guide. We’ve found that quite a few of them have money off vouchers. The royal connection was interesting, but we found the staff quarters the most interesting, especially the little bar! A nice shop so if you’ve saved on the tickets you can buy a souvenir on the way out too.
27 November 2008
If you are a big fan of the royal family, then this is a must. Otherwise just skip it. It is a rather old, rather unimpressive ship. Not a luxury liner but more in the style of a old ferry boat. The audio tour is plain boring, as they talk way to long about each room.
25 November 2008
I came away from looking around the Royal Yaught Brittania feeling very hard done by. I paid £9.75 to look around and it was really disappointing. The Royal family seem to have had terrible taste in decor and it looked like the corgis’ had had a chew on everything. The best thing about it was the visitor centre and gift shop which is inside Ocean Terminal.
My recommendation - look at it from the shopping mall.
20 November 2008
The Royal Yacht Britannia is worth a visit if you are in Edinburgh. You access is via Ocean Terminal and it’s quite exciting waiting to see what the yacht will actually be like.
I was not disappointed, I was amazed at the size of the rooms, and how many rooms there were. There is a staircase which is fantastic and a lift, I never imagined you would get a lift on a yacht. The photos of the Royal Family on the walls as you walk around are lovely - they portray happy times.
Once you have seen the amazing Royal quarters, you go downstairs to the servants area - it’s something else. There is the bedroom, the laundry room, medical room. then you come across a little sweetie shop which sells the most delicious sweeties.
A little pricey but definitely worth a visit.
17 November 2008
We took my Gran to visit this, I’m not sure what I was expecting but it managed to disappoint me anyway! Brittania is accessed from the Ocean Terminal shopping centre, easily accessible on the frequent buses. The yacht itself was expensive to visit, and frankly rather poky! The only reason I can think of for the Queen enjoying it so much is that it would afford her a privacy she probably doesn’t otherwise enjoy. It’s fun to wander about and critique the Queen’s decorating style and, but honestly that is about the only thing I enjoyed about the visit. My Gran enjoyed it though. Perhaps you need to actually care about the royal family to get this attraction. I don’t and recommend you steer clear!
16 November 2008
You can not visit Edinburgh without having a tour to the Royal Yacht Britannia.It is absolutely fascinating place which can tell you a lot of interesting facts about the Royal Family and their voyages around the world.
It is very easy to get there from the city centre by bus.
It is worth paying extra to have an audio guide. You will be able to hear much information about the yacht, people who had a rest there, their guests and events held on board.
We were impressed by the dinning room and its traditions. It is very big and full of gifts which were given to the Royal Family all over the world.
It is a wonderful place for a family tour.
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