In the harbor district of Edinburgh, Leith, lies the Royal Yacht Britannia. Read all the information about how you can visit this impressive royal yacht with a guided tour.
Info & Tickets Royal Yacht Britannia
|Ocean Dr, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ
|The royal yacht is located in the harbor district of Leith, which is 3.5 kilometers from the old town. The easiest way to visit this district is with the 'Majestic Route' of the Hop on hop off bus (more info). You can also use the regular 'Lothian Bus' (numbers 11, 22 and 35) from Edinburgh city centre. Bus tickets can be bought with card from the bus driver. The third option is by tram: from New Town you can travel to the shopping center where the Britannia is located. You buy your tram tickets in advance on the platform.
Tip: Would you also like to visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse? Then we recommend that to buy the Royal Edinburgh Ticket. With this Royal Edinburgh Ticket also a Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour is included. With this city pass you have arranged the important sights!Buy Royal Edinburgh Ticket
Visit the royal yacht in Leith
For forty years, the Royal Yacht Britannia was the official means of sea transportation for the British Royal Family. Today you can visit the royal yacht in the harbor town of Edinburgh, Leith. Visit the royal family's five-deck yacht with an audio guide and learn about the state apartments and crew cabins.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
For more than 44 years, the Britannia sailed the British monarchs around the world. The Britannia was the last yacht of a total of 83 royal yachts. In total, the Britannia has sailed more than one million nautical miles on her way to approximately 968 state visits around the world. It is not surprising that the ship has played several key roles in major historical events. Britannia was also known for the large state banquets that were organized on deck. The Royal Apartments have hosted many well-known world leaders.
What to see on the Royal Yacht?
According to many, the highlight of a visit to the Royal Yacht is the viewing of the Queen's Bedroom. Other areas you will see include the States Apartments, the State Diner Room, and the Engine Room. Also visit the famous Sun Lounge, where the Queen loved to have breakfast or drink tea. Or take a look at the Admiral Quarters, where the admiral worked and often ate during his visit to the Royal Yacht. Where the British monarchs used to enjoy games and entertainment, nowadays you can have a bite to eat and enjoy the view over the sea.
The still bustling Leith
Leith is a pleasant harbor district in the north of Edinburgh. Since the bustling harbor was here in the eighteenth century, Leith was Scotland's main port for products such as wool, wine, spices and raw materials. In 1920, Leith officially became part of Edinburgh. The yacht of the British monarchs docked at Leiths Ocean Terminal after her last voyage and is still here. Although Leith therefore became known among tourists, this district also has its own charm.
In terms of restaurants, you won't have to starve in Leith. You will find unique, innovative restaurants everywhere and there are even two Michelin restaurants in the district: The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart. Food in a cozy atmosphere can be found in Borough's. Or visit one of the many seafood restaurants, such as Ship on the Shore. If you prefer Italian or Asian cuisine, visit East Pizzas and Lucky Yu respectively. You don't have to look far for lunch either. Leith offers you the largest sandwiches in Alby's. The port town's first wine café is Toast and for coffee lovers you have Williams and Johnson.