Royal Yacht Britannia

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Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal_Yacht_Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia

Built at John Brown's shipyard on the River Clyde, and launched by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 16 April 1953, the Royal Yacht Britannia was used extensively by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family for state and family occasions up to its decommissioning on 11 December 1997.

Entrance to the Visitor Centre
Entrance to The Visitor Centre

Following its decommissioning, Britannia was moved to Edinburgh's Port of Leith where it is moored next to the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. An excellent visitor centre has been developed around the vessel, which itself is the main centre of attraction.


Britannia has sailed the seven seas (over 1,000,000 miles) playing host to innumerable state visits and glittering receptions as well as being the getaway for Royal honeymoons (including Charles and Diana's) and family holidays.


Entry to the Royal Yacht Britannia Visitor Centre is via the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre (go to the second floor). Ocean Terminal is located just two miles to the north of Edinburgh city centre and is connected by Lothian Buses - numbers 1, 11, 22, 34, 35 and 36.

Admission prices for 2016*

Adults - £15.00

Seniors (60 yrs plus) - £13.50

Child (5-17 yrs) - £8.50

Child (under 5 yrs) - Free

Family (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) - £43.50

Student (with ID) - £13.50

* includes free audio tour in 27 languages.

Access to Britannia is through the Visitor Centre from where five of its decks can be toured. An hour and a half should be allowed for the tour. Included in the admission price is an an audio handset which provides guide information about the ship. Commentaries are available in a range of languages.

Sea view
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