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“Best thing we did in Edinburgh!”

Royal Yacht Britannia
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The Royal Yacht Britannia
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour
Ranked #3 of 417 things to do in Edinburgh
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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 11 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. FREE audio guide in 30 languages and British Sign Language Tablet. Highly accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. Open year round with FREE parking for 1600 cars at Ocean Terminal. Only 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre (local buses every 10 minutes - 11, 22, 34 and 300 to Ocean Terminal).
Reviewed 8 July 2012

This was the highlight of our stay. A £1-40 local bus trip from our hotel near the Royal Mile took us to Ocean Terminal where Britania is located. An excellent audio tour takes you round at your own pace. No visit is complete without tea and cakes in the Royal Deck Tea Room - excellent. All the staff were helpful. Great value for money.

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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

High praise, indeed! Thank you so much for your glowing review and some great tips here for other visitors. The team will love reading your comments as they are all so passionate about giving our visitors the best experience on board. Glad to hear how much you enjoyed tea and cake in the Royal Deck Tea Room too – the cakes are delicious. It was a pleasure to welcome you on board.

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Reviewed 8 July 2012

We decided to look at the Britannia mainly out of boredom on one quiet Sunday. I was really concerned that my daughter would get bored almost immediately but she loved it! They have separate guides for kids and this made it so much fun. We rounded off our visit with a lovely lunch at the restaurant.

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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Lovely to read how much you both enjoyed your time on board and that your visit exceeded expectations. Don’t forget to apply for your free Annual Pass so you can both come back and visit as many times as you like within 12 months. You’ll also receive a 15% discount in the Tea Room and Gift Shop!

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

well worth a visit. enjoyed it very much... do it .. very easy from edinburgh... no 35 bus on the mile

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Shelley R, Markeing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Thank you for explaining to others how easy Britannia is to get to from Edinburgh’s city centre (the no. 22 from Princes Street is usually the quickest service). Sounds like you had a wonderful experience on board. Many thanks for posting your five-star review.

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

As an ex-naval man I found it very interesting. My partner was keen to visit and I'm so glad she was. Good food is available too and not as highly priced as I expected.

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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Thank you for visiting Britannia and wonderful to hear how interesting you and your partner found the tour. Sounds like you enjoyed the delicious food in the Royal Deck Tea Room too. It is a special experience with waiter service and beautiful views. Many thanks for taking the time to post your comments.

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

The Royal Yacht was built for King George, who died before he could use it. Queen Elizabeth loved it and it shows. A mean minded labour government took it away from her and she must still be very disappointed. The walls are covered in signed photographs of the Royal family, who had obviously had many very happy times on board ship, as well as undertaking many Royal engagements. The dining room is very formal and is huge.

The ship is much bigger than I expected, housing 250 or so sailors, Royal Marines and crew. The tour of the ship, guided by excellent hand-held recordings is at your own pace and you can wander around for hours, as we did. You can touch many of the exhibits and sit in the officers mess.

This is not to be missed. We visited the tea rooms for an incredibly overpriced piece of cake (£4.50) and a tiny bottle of ginger beer (£2.50) but the atmosphere was like something out of the fifties, with smartly dressed waitresses and a white grand piano. We did not even mind being ripped off as we felt almost like royalty.

Unlike Ocean Terminal, the Royal Yacht is unmissable and the entrance fee not overpriced. There is no time limit and the views from the decks are also very good. Do not miss out on the engine room and the laundry, as well as all the luxury accomodation and the surprisingly spartan bedrooms.

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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

It was interesting to read your review, Steve, and very kind of you to award the Royal Yacht with five stars on TripAdvisor. We’re delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the audio guide of Britannia’s five decks and being treated like Royalty in the Royal Deck Tea Room. All proceeds from admissions and the Tea Room go back into preserving Britannia for future generations to enjoy. Many thanks for visiting and supporting the work of the Britannia Trust.

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