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“A surprisingly fabulous attraction” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia
2nd Floor, Ocean Terminal | Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, Scotland
+44 131 555 5566
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The Royal Yacht Britannia
Ranked #2 of 195 Attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Ships, Sights & Landmarks
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The UK's No. 1 Attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2014). Experience what life was like on board The Royal Yacht Britannia with a fascinating audio tour of five decks. Discover this floating palace that served the British Royal Family for over forty years. Highlights include the elegant Royal Apartments, Crew's Quarters, Engine Room and stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Complimentary audio guide in 27 languages. Open year round with free parking at Ocean Terminal. Only 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre (local bus numbers 11, 22 and 35 all run to Ocean Terminal).
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A surprisingly fabulous attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I've now been here over 15 times! Every time a friend comes to stay I drag them off to the Royal Yacht. I love how immaculate the engine room still is, and the information headsets that you can get with your tour are really fascinating. You can easily spend 3 hours here.

Visited November 2012
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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
It has made my day to hear you have visited over 15 times, Jane. Thank you so much for bringing all your friends to Britannia. I am glad the Engine Room is such a highlight for you too - it is spectacular. Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review on TripAdvisor - we look forward to welcoming you back on board again soon!
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“Fantastic day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We were fortunate to get a really hot day to board the Royal Britannia. It was a really informative and interesting tour. I think because the Royal Britannia was used by the Royals in our lifetime it made it all that more interesting and it was exciting to stand where they once did. We decided to have afternoon tea aboard the ship and it was delicious.

Visited March 2012
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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
It is incredible to think about whose footsteps you are following in as you step on board, Sarah. It is lovely to hear how much you enjoyed your experience at Britannia and it sounds like the Royal Deck Tea Room was a highlight too. Many thanks for your five-star review.
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“Good to see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

If you've got the time in your travels and have an interest in royalty then you should be seeing this. The self-guided tour is nice, taking your time where you please and skipping those things that you may not be as interested in. Also having the tea room on board is a nice touch. Staff are also friendly and helpful.

Visited October 2012
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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
I am glad you enjoyed the whole experience, Jordan, from the audio tour to the Royal Deck Tea Room. As you say, it is lovely to go at your own pace around Britannia’s five decks with the audio handset. Many thanks for visiting while you were in Edinburgh.
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“Informative, family friendly attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was a good day out even better as we used tesco clubcard vouchers to pay. You are given an audio handset ( different ones for kids - a bit more fun) and you press the number of the room/area you are in and listen to the info about it. Free parking in the adjacent shopping centre. Very interesting for both adults and children to learn the history of this ship.

Visited September 2012
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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Lovely to hear the whole family had such a great day out at Britannia. The special version of the audio handset for children is great for keeping them entertained. Many thanks for taking the time to post your review.
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“Excellent Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

You get to see the entire boat. Plan on a couple of hours. No restrictions on photos. The boat is docked at a seaside mall reachable by public transportation. Each deck of the yacht is reachable by elevator. As you follow the tour path, each step takes you back to the elevator to descend to the next level. The dining areas are set with complete silverware and everything looks like the royal family could arrive at any moment to take yacht out to sea.

Visited October 2012
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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
A wonderful review – many thanks for sharing your experience with other visitors and letting them know we encourage photography on board. I loved your comment ‘it looks like the Royal Family could arrive at any moment.’ The majority of items on board are original and kindly on loan from the Royal Collection, so the ship is just as it was when she was in service.
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