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“not up to the hype”

Royal Yacht Britannia
Ranked #4 of 397 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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 35 to Ocean Terminal).
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Just a few rooms to see on the yacht, with a decent tea room and gift shop. The entrance fee and tea room prices are also quite steep.

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Nicola B, Marketing Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Our complimentary audio tour allows visitors to explore Britannia’s five main decks at their leisure and view over 30 rooms, including all of the State Apartments that hosted many Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers. Given that Britannia is officially Scotland’s best visitor attraction, our admission prices are very competitive and a family of five can visit Britannia for £35, which is substantially less expensive than other top Edinburgh attractions.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a beautifully run and presented tourist attraction. The staff are superb and can't do enough to help. The yacht harks back to an almost different age of wood panelling and brass in profusion. Not a huge amount to see, but enough to fill a morning or afternoon, and certainly enough for our young grandson who also loved the audio handset. Avoid the bistro unless you like paying tourist prices. We went to Debenhams restaurant which offers a perfect view over Britannia with meals at a fraction of the cost.

Thank PamKirkwood
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Nicola B, Marketing Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

We are delighted to hear how much you all enjoyed exploring Britannia’s five decks. Thank you for your kind comments about our team - everyone is passionate about providing an exceptional experience for all of our visitors so your comments are much appreciated. Many thanks for your five-star review.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Loved our tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia. The audio tour was excellent! The staff was very accommodating and friendly. Arrived on the Majestic Tour Bus which offers a discount on your tour ticket. Would highly recommend a visit to the Britannia!!

Thank SGIgirl
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Nicola B, Marketing Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

The Majestic Tour bus is a great tip for other visitors looking to see the sights of Edinburgh en route to Britannia. It is wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed the audio tour. Many thanks for visiting and awarding us with five stars.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Well worth a visit. Amazing to see the inside of this ship which I have seen many times on the news. I wasn't going to see it, but it was suggested by my daughter and I found it really interesting. Staff were friendly and helpful and the handset made it easy to follow the tour at my own pace. Spent about 3 hrs there, which was longer than I had expected, but didn't want to miss anything out. Before I left I enjoyed a cream tea in the tea rooms with a lovely view over the water to Fife.

Thank mags63_13
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Nicola B, Marketing Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

We are delighted to hear that your visit to Britannia exceeded your expectations. Thank you for your kind comments about the staff - everyone is passionate about providing an exceptional experience for all of our visitors so your review is much appreciated. Many thanks for visiting.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Before entering, you are given a very useful audio guide. It will help you understand what you're looking at and guides you from point to point. Overall impression that I would love to live the life of a Royal but not definitely a crew member. Still it must have been a idyllic life for the ship's officers and if those walls could talk, the tales they'd tell of world leaders entertained therein. Not a must-see but worth every farthing.

Thank Jim D
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Nicola B, Marketing Manager at Royal Yacht Britannia, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

It sounds like you had a wonderful time exploring Britannia with the audio handset – it really does help bring the tour route to life and helps you gain an insight into those that sailed aboard Britannia. Many thanks for visiting and sharing your review on TripAdvisor.

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