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“Fabulous ”

Royal Yacht Britannia
Ranked #3 of 449 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Step aboard The Queen's former floating palace and experience this iconic 5 star attraction for yourself. Rated Scotland's Best Attraction for 12 years running and in TripAdvisor's UK Top 10 for the last 5 years, Britannia is one of the most famous ships in the world. Sailing a million miles on a thousand official visits, during 40 years in service, the Royal Yacht played host to glittering state banquets and official receptions, but was also home to the Royal Family and crew of 220 Royal Yachtsmen. Explore Britannia's highly accessible 5 decks with highlights including the elegant Royal Apartments, Crew's Quarters, Engine Room and stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Highly accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. Open year round .Only 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre (local buses every 10 minutes - 11, 22, 34 and 300 to Ocean Terminal).
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A short drive out of Edinburgh but well worth it we loved looking around the Yacht. The tour was really well organised with headsets in all languages to listen too. Parking was free in the shopping centre and plenty places to eat.

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Elliot J, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

It sounds like you had a wonderful time exploring all five of Britannia’s decks. We are pleased to learn that you found the tour to be so well organised. Many thanks for visiting.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

very well self tour with a mall right there with restaurants and the
Costa cafe with pastries and things

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Elliot J, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

We are glad to learn that you enjoyed the tour with our complimentary audio guide, available in 30 languages. As you mention, a tour of Britannia can be combined with a visit to the many great shops and restaurants in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. It even has a multi-screen cinema!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A great 1.5 hours to enjoy the luxury of the royal yacht on a cold and wintery April morning. Highlights include: royal bedrooms, games deck, dining room and sitting rooms. Also very interesting to see the accommodation of the sailors (yotties). There’s a sweet shop on board and a tea room. Remember to use Blue Peter badges for free child entry if you have them!! Plenty to see and do in ocean terminal too.

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Elliot J, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

It sounds like you had a wonderful time exploring all five of Britannia’s decks. As you mention, during the tour you can visit the original NAAFI to sample some of our delicious fudge, all handmade on board, and enjoy the wonderful views over the Firth of Forth from our Royal Deck Tea Room. Many thanks for visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia, and for your lovely review.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Spent an interesting couple of hours on board this lovely yacht. Lots to see and audio commentary excellent which gives you lots of information about each area you were in. Had a lovely coffee and scone in restaurant. Overall great value for money to view and learn about this historic vessel.

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Elliot J, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for visiting Britannia. It is great to learn that you found the tour, and our complimentary audio guide to be so interesting. A visit to our Royal Deck Tea Room is a lovely way to complete the tour. Many thanks for your kind review.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

have to say I really enjoyed my trip here ,the contrast between staff levels and the royal areas is much the same as any fine country houses that we have visited . personally I fine the working arias far more interesting, I like to see how life was on board ship and can appreciate the fine decor, but I cannot help but feel mixed feelings to the privileged lifestyle of the extremely wealthy .

the tea rooms are well worth a visit (even if a tad expensive ) with some fantastic views over the port and hills beyond.

once again all staff very welcoming Scotland sure exceeds expectations when it come to customer service

Thank David B
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Elliot J, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

It sounds like you had a very enjoyably tour of Britannia. We are glad that you found the tour to be so interesting, and will be certain to pass on your kind words regarding our staff, who all work hard to ensure every visitor’s experience aboard Britannia is extra special. As you mention, there is a significant difference between the elegant State Apartments and the working part of the ship, however, whenever the Royal Yachtsmen return to Britannia for their Annual Working party, they speak so fondly of their time on board. Many thanks for visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia, and for your five-star review.

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