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Hop Aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia | A floating royal residence

​​The Royal Yacht Britannia holds a significant place in British maritime history as the former royal yacht of the United Kingdom. The yacht stands as a testament to the enduring connection between the British monarchy and maritime traditions, and its legacy continues to be preserved through its role as a museum and tourist attraction.

Things to know before booking tickets for the Royal Yacht Britannia

  • Accessibility: The Royal Yacht Britannia is fully accessible for wheelchair users. 
  • Limited opening times: Due to the upcoming construction work at the Ocean Terminal, the Royal Yacht Britannia will be closed from 11th to 23rd March and from 29th April to 5th May. 
  • Guided tour: Opt for an audio-guided tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia so that you can simultaneously learn about and explore the attraction. 
  • Free entry: Children under the age of 5 years enjoy free entry to the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

Why visit Royal Yacht Britannia?

  • A significant part of British history: Britannia played a central role in hosting state banquets, receptions, and diplomatic functions. Visitors can learn about the yacht's involvement in significant historical events and its importance in representing British prestige. 
  • A sneak peek into the life of British Royals: The yacht served as the floating residence for the British Royal Family for over four decades. Exploring Britannia provides insight into the private lives of the royals and their travels around the world.
  • A masterpiece of naval architecture: Designed by Sir Hugh Casson, the Royal Yacht Britannia is a masterpiece of naval architecture and interior design. Visitors can appreciate the elegant and luxurious features of this historic vessel during their visit. 
  • A floating museum: The Royal Yacht Britannia serves as a living museum, preserving and showcasing a significant part of British maritime history. Visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the monarchy's connection to maritime traditions at the attraction. 
  • Located in a picturesque area:  Royal Yacht Britannia is permanently berthed at the Ocean Terminal in Leith, Edinburgh. The picturesque waterfront location offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding area.
  • Exhibitions for a deeper insight: The yacht features various exhibition spaces with displays, artifacts, and multimedia presentations, which provide a comprehensive overview of the yacht’s history and the role it played in royal and diplomatic spheres.

What to see at Royal Yacht Britannia?

The Bridge

From the bridge at the Royal Yacht Britannia, you can see the navigational center of the yacht and learn about its operations.

State Apartments

Marvel at the State Apartments, including the Queen's and Prince Philip's bedrooms and the elegant State Drawing Room at Royal Yacht Britannia. 

Sun Lounge

Visit the Sun Lounge, a relaxed space with large windows offering panoramic views. This area was often used for private family gatherings.

Royal Bedrooms

Discover the bedrooms of other members of the royal family, which provide a glimpse into their private spaces aboard the yacht.

The Engine Room

Delve into the heart of the yacht by exploring the Engine Room, which showcases the technical aspects of the Royal Yacht Britannia's propulsion.

The Verandah Deck

Explore the Admiral's Cabin and the Royal Marines Barracks as you wander through the Verandah Deck of the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

Different exhibitions

Be it the Royal Sailing Exhibition or the Royal Yachts Exhibition, each of these exhibitions showcases photographs and memorabilia that outline the yacht’s historic legacy. 

Plan your visit to Royal Yacht Britannia

Getting there
Tips and Guidelines

Opening times: 

  • 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from January to March. Last entry at 3:00 PM
  • 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM from April to August. The last entry is at 4:00 PM. 
  • 10:00 AM to 6:00 pm in September. The last entry is at 4:00 PM. 
  • 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM in October. The last entry is at 3:30 PM. 
  • 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in November and December. The last entry is at 3:00 PM. 

Closed: 1st January and 25th December. On the 24th of December, the last entry is at 2:30 PM. 

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Royal Yacht Britannia is during the spring or early autumn. During this time, the weather is pleasant, crowds are less and you’ll have to wait less to visit the yacht. 

Address: Ocean Dr, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, United Kingdom.

Find on maps

  • By bus: 10, 16, 200, 35
    Nearest stop: Mill Lane
  • By train: ScotRail
    Nearest stop: Waverley 
  • By tram: T50
    Nearest stop: Newhaven
  • By car: 15.8 km from Edinburgh Airport
    Car parking: Free parking at Ocean Terminal Car park. Level E of Blue Car Park
  • Washrooms
  • Baby changing stations
  • Visitor center
  • Gift shop
  • Restaurant 
  • Audio guides
  • Outdoor seating
  • Car park

  • The opening hours of Royal Yacht Britannia vary throughout the year. It's advisable to check the operating hours before planning your visit. 
  • To avoid long queues and explore the attraction at your convenience, it is recommended that you buy tickets for Royal Yacht Britannia online. 
  • To make the most of your visit to Royal Yacht Britannia, read up on British maritime history to better understand the significance of the royal yacht. 
  • Go for guided tours of Royal Yacht Britannia. Not only does this help you explore the attraction, but it also makes it a great learning experience. 
  • Carry a light sweater and umbrella with you since the British weather is very unpredictable. 
  • For a comfortable visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, please adhere to all the rules and regulations at the attraction. 
  • Relax at the outdoor seating areas of the yacht and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding areas. 
  • Don’t forget to indulge in some delicious refreshments and snacks at the Royal Yacht Britannia during your visit. 
  • Royal Deck Tea Room: Located inside the Royal Yacht Britannia, the tea room is a great place to enjoy refreshments and snacks with views of the waterfront.
  • Restaurant Martin Wishart: Located 1.6 km from Royal Yacht Britannia, Restaurant Martin Wishart is a Michelin-starred restaurant offering a sophisticated dining experience that focuses on French and Scottish cuisine.
  • Mimi’s Bakehouse: Another must-try restaurant that is 1.6 km from Royal Yacht Britannia is Mimi’s Bakehouse. The Bakehouse is a cozy bakery and cafe known for its delicious cakes, pastries, and brunch options. 
  • The Shore Bar and Restaurant: Located only 1.2 km from Royal Yacht Britannia, the Shore Bar is a great place to enjoy delicious seafood that is locally sourced.

Budget: Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh (390 m), Premier Inn Edinburgh (1.1 km), Britannia Hotel Edinburgh (4.5 km). 

Mid-range: Malmaison Edinburgh (720 m), A-Haven Townhouse (1.2 km), The Raeburn (3.4 km). 

Luxury: Fingal (620 m), The Balmoral (3.3 km), InterContinental Edinburgh the George (3.4 km). 

Beyond Royal Yacht Britannia

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Explore the world of Scotch whisky with interactive exhibits and tastings at The Scotch Whisky Experience. The Scotch Whiskey Experience is located 5 km from Royal Yacht Britannia.

Frequently asked questions about Royal Yacht Britannia tickets

How much is a ticket to Royal Yacht Britannia?

A Royal Yacht Britannia ticket will cost you around £19.50. 

How to book tickets to Royal Yacht Britannia?

You can book your tickets for Royal Yacht Britannia either online or offline. It is advisable to book online since it helps save time and money. 

Why should I book Royal Yacht Britannia tickets online?
  • Better prices: You can enjoy cheaper ticket rates online as compared to offline purchase of tickets. 
  • Guaranteed entry: Irrespective of the tourist season, you are guaranteed entry to the attraction on the day of your visit if you have booked your tickets online. 
  • Convenient: You can book tickets for the attraction from pretty much anywhere, thus making online booking easy and convenient. 
  • Cancellation policy: Online tickets can easily be canceled for a full refund.  
What do Royal Yacht Britannia tickets include?

Your Royal Yacht Britannia tickets include full access to the five decks of the yacht and a free audio guide. 

How long does it take to complete a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia?

It will take you around 2 hours to complete a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia.