Royal Yacht Britannia - Leith, Edinburgh

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Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ +00 44 (0)131 555 5566
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    A Royal ship now docked in Leith

    by gordonilla Updated May 13, 2014

    It was not the first visit to Ocean terminal, however it was the fist visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The interesting thing that the visit does is to confirm the class divide as a tour of the cramped staff rooms are compared to the Royal apartments.

    The ticket includes an audio guide available in a number of languages.

    There is a shop and restaurant.

    Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ

    Phone: +44 (0)131 555 55 66

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

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    El Yate Real - Britannia - The Royal Yatch

    by elpariente Written Nov 13, 2013

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    The Yacht Britannia has been used by the Royal Family for important ceremonial visits, for diplomatic missions and for the Royal Holidays
    The boat is out of service since 1997 and is docked at Ocean Terminal, from which you can access for visiting the engine room , all rooms including the Queen¨s bedroom, many of their memories and at the end you can take a snack or tea at The Royal Deck Tea Room, where you may see great views of the Harbour

    El Yate Britannia ha sido utilizado por la Familia Real para recibir las visitas protocolarias importantes, para misiones diplomáticas y para pasar las vacaciones reales
    El barco está desde 1997 fuera de servicio y está atracado en la Ocean Terminal desde donde se puede acceder para visitar la sala de máquinas, todas sus habitaciones incluida la habitación de la Reina, a muchos de sus recuerdos y al final te puedes tomar un tente en pie o un té en The Royal Deck Tea Room desde donde se pueden ver grandes vistas de la bahía

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    Royal Yacht Britannia

    by FridgeMagnet Written Feb 7, 2010

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    My interest in things royal continues. Strange because I am a republican! Anyway, really enjoyed my tour of the royal yacht. Very interesting to see the luxurious surroundings in which the royals travelled and to compare it with the somewhat more spartan quarters of the crew.

    Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith

    Directions: Lothian Buses has frequent services to Ocean Terminal.
    (1, 11, 22, 34, 35,) from the city centre.

    Phone: 555 5566

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

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    Royal Yacht Britannia

    by iaint Updated May 4, 2008

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    The ship was the Queen's private yacht until "retired" a few years back. Its a floating palace.

    I was sceptical about going (being a fervent republican etc) but I enjoyed it and its well worth seeing (but expensive - £10 per head). I suppose it will be high maintenance.

    It takes 2 hours max to get round.

    Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith EH6 6JJ

    Directions: Leith is Edinburgh's port, at north east corner of the city. Britannia is well signposted all over.

    Phone: 0131 555 5566

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

    Queen's dining room sun deck seen from Ocean Terminal outlook state dining room
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    Royal Yacht Britannia

    by kevarms Written Aug 4, 2007

    This was once used by the Queen and the Royal Family for holidays and official occasions and is now open to the public. From ashore it doesn't look that fantastic or big, but once aboard is very interesting. Visitors have access to virtually all areas, from HM's surprisingly spartan bedroom to the lavish dining room to the cramped quarters where the 200-man crew lived and worked. It's worth noting that access for the disabled is very good.

    Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith

    Directions: Access to the yacht is from the top floor of the new Ocean Terminal shopping centre to which there are many buses from Edinburgh city centre.

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

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    The Royal boat Britania

    by sparkieplug24 Written Feb 24, 2007

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    This ship is were the Royal family spent lots of there summer holidays. I didnt go inside but apparently if you are into the Royals then you would find this really interesting. It is recommended that you allow about 2 hours for your visit so to see everything.

    Address: Ocean Terminal Leith

    Directions: entrance on the 2nd floor of the ocean terminal.

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    Royal Britannia

    by Igraine Written Sep 23, 2006

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    In Leith is a new shopping mall located, Ocean terminal, next to it the Brittania is docker after it was discarded by the Queen.
    I made a tour on the ship. You get some sort of phone (in most languages) and this gives you the information.

    All in all it didnt give me the impression this was a royal yacht. It was very outdated and in my opinion not at all luxurious. It was big for sure so there was plenty of space.
    I think this is more for the Brittish who are way more connected with the Royal family and have more knowledge of this boat.

    Directions: Ocean terminal, Leith

    Phone: +44 (0)131 555 5566

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

    the ships bell the drawing room the laundry room view from the yacht
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    The Royal Yacht Britannia

    by Suet Updated Sep 13, 2006

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    Tread the decks Princess Diana trod, see pictures of Royalty, see the Queen's Bedroom... You go to Ocean Terminal and go to the top floor, pay your money and pick up an audio baton in the language of your choice. You then press the appropriate buttons when you reach the numbered plaques around the ship.

    I felt very proud to be British when I visited the Yacht.... it was a symbol of our country abroad. I liked all the history and the stories about the boat. The funny thing is that it is not as luxurious as I would have expected it to be, very low key and austere for a Royal Yacht. The old fashioned communcation system was like something from WW2, but of course the boat was built just after that. Technology was not like it is today.

    If you are feeling like doing something a bit special, you can hold corporate events on the ship. The Kitchens are still working kitchens!

    You can get 10% off the ticket by printing the discount voucher on the website.

    Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith Docks, Edinburgh.

    Directions: The area is well signposted with brown signs saying *Leith Attractions* and of course it is down in Leith at the Docks.

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

    The Frontage in Ocean Terminal Suet on the deck of the Britannia The Queen's Bedroom The State Dining Room The Drawing Room
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    Touring Britannia: Peeking into the Queen's life.

    by johnandlynclarke Written Jun 17, 2006

    One day we took the bus to the Britannia. The bus dropped you off right near to the dock. I can't remember how much it costs any more but it was worth it. Of course, we were there off season, so it may be crowded during the popular times, but we literally had the ship to ourselves.

    model on display Queen's bedroom! Gen Schwartzkopt asked where the real room was. Officers!! living quarters

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    HMY Britannia

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jun 14, 2006

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    Britannia was used by the Royal Family for state visits, holidays and honeymoons. Built in the 1950s on the river Clyde in Glasgow, she was decommissioned in the late 1990s and docked in Leith (a controversial and decidedly unpopular decision with Edinburgh's Glasgewian rivals) for visits by the public. Entry to the yacht/ship is via a large shopping mall, and the audio tour is quite informative. The (inevitable) souvenir shop is full of royal memorabilia.

    Address: 100 Ocean Drive, Leith

    Directions: Leith

    Phone: +44 131 5555566

    Website: http://www.royalbritannia.co.uk

    A royal yacht...
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    Welcome a board

    by jetwind Written Apr 27, 2006

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    Situated at the ocean terminal take bus 22 there and costs just 1 pound to get there.

    Located on the second floor of the shopping mall the tour can take up to a 1 and hour and shows all the areas of the ship from crew quarters through the queen’s bedroom. You are free to take as many photographs as you like and there is audio tour system in operation that has various languages.

    queens drawing room on board A Grand place to have dinner Ships captains Cabin First Officer's Cabin

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    Royal Yacht Britannia

    by Tom_Fields Written Mar 21, 2006

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    Ths ship was launched at John Brown's Shipyard in Clydebank in 1953. She served the Royal Family for 44 years, on 968 voyages all over the world. Decommissioned in 1997, she is now on public display. If you want to know about Britain's royals, this is a must-see.

    Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ

    Directions: On the north side of Edinburgh. Majestic Tour Buses depart regularly from Waverley Bridge. Also check Edinburgh Bus Tours at 0131 220 0770, and Lothian Buses at 0131 555 6363.

    Phone: 44 (0)131 555 5566

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

    The Royal Yacht Britannia The ship's bridge The ship's bell Britannia's motor launch For land excursions, the family Rolls Royce
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    Royal Yacht Britannia

    by intertraveler Written Jan 2, 2006

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    This is well worth a visit a pit expensive to go round but worth it.
    The Royal yacht is the only ship with a garages ant the Rolls Royce Phantam is still in its garage.
    It is surounded by a new shopping centre with a car park also.

    Address: Lieth Docks Edinburgh

    Royal Yacht Royal Yacht Leads on to the deck Seven Bells Queens Lounge
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    BRITANNIA

    by BerniShand Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Since it was decomissioned the Royal Yacht Britannia has proved to be a popular tourist attraction

    it was used by the Royal Family from 1953 to 1997 for both State and ceremonial visits and private holidays, and is furnished with articles from the Royal Collection

    now anyone can tour this `floating palace` but dont expect sumptuous luxury, not everywhere is plushly furnished !
    there is full wheelchair access
    it is recommended that you allow 1 1/2 hours for the visit, and audio tour guides are included in the admission price

    Britannia is open daily 9.30 to 4.30 [10 to 3.30 from November to February] you can pre-book tickets to avoid queuing at busy times

    Admission Charges

    Adults ... £9
    Seniors [60+] ... £7
    Child [5-17] ... £5
    a family ticket [two adults and up to 3 children] is £25

    Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh

    Directions: Lothian busses nos 22, 34 or 35 from city centre

    Phone: 0131 555 5566

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

    taken from the Ocean Terminal
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    Visit the Royal Yacht Brittania

    by stefano99 Written May 22, 2005

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    The Royal Yacht Brittania is moored at Leith, right next to the the Ocean Terminal. The Ocean Terminal is a new complex with shops, restaurants and a cinema and importantly for this tip provides access the the Royal Yacht.

    The tour around the yacht is referred to as self guided, which means that you are given an audio player with a numeric key pad. All through the yacht there are signs with a short description of the room or area and an associated number to key into the audio player.

    Open:
    Daily except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day
    Jan to Feb, Nov to Dec - daily - 10am to 3.30pm (close 5pm)
    March to October - daily - 9.30am to 4.30pm (close 6pm)

    £9 entry for adults.

    Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith docks

    Directions: Special Britannia Bus from Waverley Bridge or Lothian Buses 22, 34, 35 'Ocean Terminal'.

    Website: http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

    Brittania
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