Launched in 1953 from a Clydebank shipyard, The Royal Yacht Britannia was a royal residence for Her Majesty The Queen for over forty years.
During its years of service, the Royal Yacht was used for all kinds of important royal events, including official state visits, banquets, receptions, and royal holidays. As well as the Royal Family, its impressive list of former guests include Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Frank Sinatra. It is now permanently berthed in the historic Port of Leith and is an exclusive use evening events venue and one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions, rated Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction by national tourism agency, VisitScotland, for 13 years.
There is an informative audio guided tour, available in 30 languages as well as a BSL tablet and Braille script, that tells the fascinating story of the yacht whilst taking you around its five accessible decks. Highlights of the tour include the State Apartments and the gleaming Engine Room.
Afterwards, you can relax in the Royal Deck Tea Room, enjoy stunning waterfront views and sample the delicious soups, sandwiches, cakes and scones, made on board. Britannia’s sister ship Fingal, a luxury floating hotel with 23 stunning cabins, is just a few moments away.