HMY Britannia

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General Information

Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia is the former royal yacht of the British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The yacht is now retired and sits as a visitor attraction on the Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The vessel was in service from 1954 till 1997 and was the second royal vessel with the name. It is thought the vessel covered over 1 million nautical miles, most of which were whilst carrying the royal family on royal duties.  When the yacht was retired it was thought that it would be taken back to the River Clyde where it was built, but instead, it was retired in Edinburgh due to a redevelopment of the harbour area in which it now sits as a visitor attraction that is open for the public to tour.  

Getting there

The Britannia is berthed at the Ocean Terminal. The best way to get there is probably by car, follow the brown ‘Britannia’ signs when heading to north Edinburgh. For public transport, take the bus from Edinburgh city centre to the Ocean Terminal, get on the 11, 22 or Skylink 300 buses.

Opening Times and Admission

From November-March the Britannia is open to the public from 10 am till the last entry at 3 pm, from April-September it's open from 9.30am till the last entry at 4.30pm; October closes earlier at 4 pm. Adult tour prices are £15.50, Seniors £13.50, Children 5-17 £8.50 and under 5s get entry to the tour for free. It is advised the tour takes around two hours and can be longer if you want to spend time in the tea room on the ship that's open to people on the tour.

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