Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia was launched in Clydebank on April 16, 1953. It is a smaller yacht, measuring at 412 feet long and carried a crew of 240 people which included a Royal Marine band. There were also an additional 45 household staff when the royal family was aboard the ship. She served as the mobile royal residence for over 44 years going on 968 official voyages. The Royal Yacht Britannia has traveled over a million miles and has become one of the most famous ships in the world. The Queen would use this royal ship as a place to host state visitors, have official receptions, and family outings including vacations and more private affairs like royal honeymoons. The Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 due to a cut in government funds.

Here on a tour of the yacht you can discover all the things that made this yacht so fantastic and famous. You can see what a typical day would look like for a member of the royal family. There are many rooms to see aboard this majestic ship. Some rooms aboard the ship that are often highlighted include the royal apartments, the drawing room, the state dining room, the sun lounge, the royal bedrooms, the Sick Bay and Operating Theatre, the engine room, and the bridge.

The Royal Yacht Britannia is located in Edinburgh’s port of Leith (Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ), which is just a short drive or bus ride away from the city’s center. The yacht is open for tours daily from 9:30-4:30. The admission is 12.50 GBP or 19.16 USD and include the free audio tour that is available in 27 different languages.

I want to go to this attraction because I love anything that is associated with the royal family and I also love to go on boats and look around. They also have a gift shop on the ship, and I am such a sucker for a souvenir. It was also rated the number one thing to do in Edinburgh in 2014 on Trip Advisor’s website.

A map showing how to get to the Royal Yacht Britannia in port of Leith. Map taken from:http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/media/96030/the_royal_yacht_britannia_-_edinburgh.pdf

A map showing how to get to the Royal Yacht Britannia in port of Leith.
Map taken from: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/media/96030/the_royal_yacht_britannia_-_edinburgh.pdf

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