During my trip to Scotland, my daughter, Peyton, and I could not pass up a trip to visit one of the most popular attractions in Edinburgh, the Royal Yacht Britannia. In 1997, the yacht which had served the Queen of England for 45 years, was decommissioned. Although many cities bid for the right to call their city the “home” of Britannia, Edinburgh won. The Yacht was moored in Leith permanently as part of the Leith 5-Star Visitor Attraction.
And our Royal Yacht Britannia Begins
We purchased tickets at the boat which were £14 per adult (senior, child, and family discounts are available). Peyton and I were given audio headsets for our self-guided tour, which are included in the admission price. The tour of the floating Royal residence is offered in 27 languages. It began with displays and photos of Britannia’s historical days.
Things you will see among the five decks include:
- Sun Lounge
- State Apartments and Royal Bedrooms
- Engine Room
- Below Decks Sick Room and Laundry
- State Dining and Drawing Rooms
- Rolls Royce Phantom V (that traveled onboard)
I loved seeing the tastefully decorated chintzy Drawing Room, which looked like a nice place to relax and enjoy the days sailing, and the beautiful selection of china, stemware, and silverware. The State Dining Room was prepared for a feast and the table setting was spectacular. An interesting fact about the yacht is that the crew of the Royal Yachtsmen were volunteers from the Royal Navy.
Once your tour is complete, you will have a chance to visit a lovely gift shop or have snacks, lunch, or tea at the Royal Deck Tea Room. We opted for the tea room. Earl Grey tea, fruit scones with cream and strawberry jam, and cookies were our choices and we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon tea service. Although it was pricey, the food and tea were delightful. The Royal Deck also offers a full bar, including a wide variety of beer and wines.
I found the tour of Britannia to be well worth the money and a great way to see how the Royals lived on this vessel, not very frivolous or extravagantly. Britannia is quite an impressive piece of history,sailing over a million miles in its time. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon. There were shopping malls and pubs nearby as well.
Fact: The Royal Yacht Britannia made 968 voyages through 135 countries.
Tip: Pay once and visit the entire year for free. Britannia is also handicap accessible.
Trivia: Britannia is often referred to as HMY Britannia, which stands for Her Majesty’s Yacht.
Royal Yacht Britannia Photo Gallery: