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Royal Yacht Britannia
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The Royal Yacht Britannia
Ranked #4 of 443 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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 June 18, 2013

Loved this, was nice to see how it is when the Queen was on and to see how the staff are kept. Enjoyed the afternoon tea on the top deck, was reasonably expensive but it is on the Queens former ship!

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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2013

It really is fascinating to see the contrast between the Royal Apartments and the Crew’s Quarters. The majority of items on board are original to Britannia and kindly on loan from the Royal Collection, so it does feel as if Her Majesty has just stepped off the ship. Many thanks for awarding us with five stars on TripAdvisor.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

A great way to see how the Royal Family lived when they were on holiday. It was remarkably low key in its decoration. Very nice furnishings and interesting insight into the family's life. An audio tour allows you to wander at your leisure. Well worth the time to visit.

Thank Chika52
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Shelley R, Marketing Executive at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2013

Lovely to hear how much you enjoyed the insight into Royal life aboard Britannia. As you say, Britannia was not only an ambassador for Great Britain, but also a much loved Royal residence. The décor has much more of a country home feel rather than anything too lavish. The Queen and Prince Philip had the final say in her interiors and chose not to have anything too ostentatious in the post-war period during which she was designed. Many thanks for your kind review.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

My mum and I planned a visit to Edinburgh and were looking for things to do. We ordered some tesco day out vouchers and noticed this spot was on the list, so we thought we would give it a try. Very impressed with the handsets that you were able to listen to, to get information on each room you were in. Didn't eat there as was not the right time to but you were able to have something to eat on the yacht. We did however decide to purchase some of the homemade fudge which was delicious. Recommended for all ages.

Thank Westy86
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Nicola B, Office Administrator at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2013

It sounds like you and your mum had a wonderful time aboard Britannia. The audio handset really does bring the tour to life and is great at allowing you take everything at your own pace. Many thanks for visiting and recommending Britannia to others on TripAdvisor.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Great place to visit. Great value for money. Staff very friendly and helpfull. Helps if it is dry as lots to see and do outside. Fantastic experience to see how the Royal family used to travel and holiday. Very interesting and makes you realise they are human beings just like us. Some of the rooms not as grand as you would have expected. ( The bedrooms ).
Fantastic way to spend a few hours.

Thank Joandbaz07
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Nicola B, Office Administrator at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2013

A lovely review – thank you! It sounds like you had a wonderful time exploring Britannia’s five decks. Your comments about our team really mean a lot as everyone is passionate about providing an exceptional experience for all of our visitors. We hope to welcome you back on board again in the future.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Worth the entrance fee.Really interesting. Would recommend. Right at the back of a good shopping centre.

Thank mayfield005
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Nicola B, Office Administrator at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2013

Wonderful to hear that you found your visit to be so interesting and such good value for money. Many thanks for your five-star review.

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