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The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland

Treat yourself to a royal Afternoon Tea on her majesty’s yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II. The ship’s a grand old lady now, having sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world.

The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh

Take Afternoon Tea on The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh

The royal yacht retired from service in 1997 and came to live in Edinburgh where she has become a top tourist attraction. Go for a tour and a good nosey around the yacht before relaxing in the Royal Deck Tea Room and enjoying Afternoon Tea.

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Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia

  • One of the UK’s top tourist attractions
  • Enjoy views of the Firth of Forth
  • Take Afternoon Tea
  • Taste home-made fudge in the NAAFI sweet shop
  • Explore Leith’s bar and restaurants

From attractiontix.com

Scotland's No.1 Tourist Attraction

Great for families

The Royal Yacht Britannia Story

There must be many memories and stories held deep within the bows of Britannia. We’ve all seen early colour footage from the sixties of the Queen looking carefree in her sunglasses and waving from the deck. You may remember too, Princess Diana warmly greeting the arrival of her young sons with arms outstretched and a big smile on her face. On the day the yacht was decommissioned in 1997, the Queen wept openly at the ceremony.

I name this ship BRITANNIA, I wish success to her and to all who sail in her.Her Majesty The Queen, 16 April 1953

Step On Board A Floating Palace

The ship was built in Clydebank in 1954 to serve the Royal family when travelling overseas but also with the dual purpose of becoming a hospital ship, if required. She became a floating royal residence for glittering state visits, official receptions, honeymoons and family holidays.

Take a Tour of the Royal Yacht

Walking on board the yacht is like stepping back into the 1950s. Follow in the footsteps of world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela except, instead of being given a glass of Champagne, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary audio handset. The tour covers Britannia’s five main decks so you experience life both above and below deck. Starting at the Bridge, you explore the State Apartments and Crew’s Quarters, finishing at the Engine Room. You can even taste the home made fudge in the NAAFI sweet shop.

Sip Tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room

The Queen would often take her Afternoon Tea on the sun deck. Typically, wafer-thin cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, pastries and cakes were served with tea in the finest bone china cups. You can treat yourself to tea here too. Along with the delicious cakes and pastries, you’ll have a wonderful view over the Firth of Forth. There’s organic whisky cake, Victoria sponge cake and both sweet and savoury scones.

  • Try Bloodhound Beer, a specially created light blonde ale brewed at the Oban brewery as a tribute to Britannia’s ‘Yotties’ who sailed around the West Coast of Scotland with the Royal Family
  •  Visit in May for Yotties weekend, when former Royal Yachtsman come back for a reunion week. It gives you the chance to hear their stories firsthand

Dog Policy

Mr Hendricks says, “Not one for me (although I’m pretty sure the Queen allowed her corgis on board). They welcome guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs.”


HOW TO FIND THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

The Royal Yacht Britannia

 


THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ

Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia

  • One of the UK’s top tourist attractions
  • Enjoy views of the Firth of Forth
  • Take Afternoon Tea
  • Taste home-made fudge in the NAAFI sweet shop
  • Explore Leith’s bar and restaurants

From attractiontix.com


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