Royal Yacht Britannia & Edinburgh Castle

Royal Yacht Britannia & Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Great Hall
The Great Hall was completed in 1511, as the nation’s chief place of ceremony and state assembly. An original hammerbeam roof dating from 1511 is just one fascinating feature of the impressive Great Hall.

Guided Tours
All visitors to the castle can join our popular guided tour free of charge. Filled with intriguing tales and castle secrets for all.

The Honours of Scotland
Top of the list for many visitors are The Honours of Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels. The crown, sceptre and sword of state are the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom.

Mons Meg
This mighty medieval siege gun is one of the world’s oldest, it could fire a gunstone almost two miles. Built at Mons, Belgium, she represented the cutting edge of military technology.

National War Museum Scotland
Discover the story of Scots at war over 400 years, revealed through personal mementoes, photographs and military objects.

One o’clock Gun
The One o’ Clock Gun was first fired from the Castle on 7 June 1861, and has continued ever since, six days a week, except during the two World Wars.

Prisons of War Exhibition
A highly acclaimed ‘Prisons of War’ experience in the castle vaults vividly recalls the conditions the 18th century captives endured.

Royal Palace
Its fine rooms were the home of Scotland’s royalty for centuries, where Queen Marie de Guise died in 1560 and her daughter Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in 1566.

Royal Scots Regimental Museum
Closed 16th – 22nd June. Explore the proud and exciting story of one of Scotland’s most famous regiments.

Scottish National War Memorial
Originally opened in 1927, this is a memorial to Scots who died in both World Wars, and in later campaigns. Their names are listed here in the Roll of Honour.

The Regimental Museum Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
An important collection illustrating the history of Scotland’s only cavalry regiment and its English and Scottish antecedents dating back to 1678.

The Stone of Destiny
The Stone of Destiny is an important symbol of Scottish nationhood, and still plays a central role in all British coronations. It was the coronation seat of ancient Scottish kings.

St Margaret’s Chapel
Take a quiet moment in St Margaret’s Chapel, built by David I around 1130 and the oldest building in Edinburgh.

Views of Edinburgh
Photo hotspots around the castle – capture stunning views of Edinburgh

 

 

Royal Yacht Britannia

This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.

Before you step on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, you will be given a complimentary audio handset that is full of captivating stories and provides a rare glimpse into the life of the British Royal Family.

From Sir Winston Churchill to Boris Yeltsin, Rajiv Gandhi to Nelson Mandela, some of the world’s most influential people have been welcomed aboard Britannia; now you can stand where they stood and see what they saw.

You can choose to enjoy the tour in a wide range of languages. There is also a children’s tour in English, a version for the visually impaired and one for people with learning difficulties. Printed scripts are also available.

Starting at the Bridge, the self-guided tour covers five of Britannia’s magnificent decks, taking you through the fabulous State Apartments and crew’s quarters, and ending in the gleaming Engine Room. The majority of items on board are the original pieces, which have been kindly loaned by the Royal Collection. Highlights of the tour include the State Dining Room, the Sun Lounge and the Officers’ Wardroom.

Be prepared for a few surprises at Britannia. Look out for the on-board Garage housing one of Her Majesty’s Rolls-Royces. You will even be able to see inside The Queen’s Bedroom; a rare insight that is not possible at any other royal residence.

In March 2009 we opened the Royal Deck Tea Room on board. Sit back and enjoy the stunning waterfront views as our friendly waiters serve light refreshments with speciality teas and coffees in spectacular surroundings.

Back on dry land, our award-winning shop in Ocean Terminal has exclusive gifts and popular Britannia souvenirs as distinctive as Britannia herself. What will you choose to remember your visit

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Edinburgh Castle + Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Castle + Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Castle

Great Hall
The Great Hall was completed in 1511, as the nation’s chief place of ceremony and state assembly. An original hammerbeam roof dating from 1511 is just one fascinating feature of the impressive Great Hall.

Guided Tours
All visitors to the castle can join our popular guided tour free of charge. Filled with intriguing tales and castle secrets for all.

The Honours of Scotland
Top of the list for many visitors are The Honours of Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels. The crown, sceptre and sword of state are the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom.

Mons Meg
This mighty medieval siege gun is one of the world’s oldest, it could fire a gunstone almost two miles. Built at Mons, Belgium, she represented the cutting edge of military technology.

National War Museum Scotland
Discover the story of Scots at war over 400 years, revealed through personal mementoes, photographs and military objects.

One o’clock Gun
The One o’ Clock Gun was first fired from the Castle on 7 June 1861, and has continued ever since, six days a week, except during the two World Wars.

Prisons of War Exhibition
A highly acclaimed ‘Prisons of War’ experience in the castle vaults vividly recalls the conditions the 18th century captives endured.

Royal Palace
Its fine rooms were the home of Scotland’s royalty for centuries, where Queen Marie de Guise died in 1560 and her daughter Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in 1566.

Royal Scots Regimental Museum
Explore the proud and exciting story of one of Scotland’s most famous regiments.

Scottish National War Memorial
Originally opened in 1927, this is a memorial to Scots who died in both World Wars, and in later campaigns. Their names are listed here in the Roll of Honour.

The Regimental Museum Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
An important collection illustrating the history of Scotland’s only cavalry regiment and its English and Scottish antecedents dating back to 1678.

The Stone of Destiny
The Stone of Destiny is an important symbol of Scottish nationhood, and still plays a central role in all British coronations. It was the coronation seat of ancient Scottish kings.

St Margaret’s Chapel
Take a quiet moment in St Margaret’s Chapel, built by David I around 1130 and the oldest building in Edinburgh.

Views of Edinburgh
Photo hotspots around the castle – capture stunning views of Edinburgh

 

 

Royal Yacht Britannia

This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.

Before you step on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, you will be given a complimentary audio handset that is full of captivating stories and provides a rare glimpse into the life of the British Royal Family.

From Sir Winston Churchill to Boris Yeltsin, Rajiv Gandhi to Nelson Mandela, some of the world’s most influential people have been welcomed aboard Britannia; now you can stand where they stood and see what they saw.

You can choose to enjoy the tour in a wide range of languages. There is also a children’s tour in English, a version for the visually impaired and one for people with learning difficulties. Printed scripts are also available.

Starting at the Bridge, the self-guided tour covers five of Britannia’s magnificent decks, taking you through the fabulous State Apartments and crew’s quarters, and ending in the gleaming Engine Room. The majority of items on board are the original pieces, which have been kindly loaned by the Royal Collection. Highlights of the tour include the State Dining Room, the Sun Lounge and the Officers’ Wardroom.

Be prepared for a few surprises at Britannia. Look out for the on-board Garage housing one of Her Majesty’s Rolls-Royces. You will even be able to see inside The Queen’s Bedroom; a rare insight that is not possible at any other royal residence.

In March 2009 we opened the Royal Deck Tea Room on board. Sit back and enjoy the stunning waterfront views as our friendly waiters serve light refreshments with speciality teas and coffees in spectacular surroundings.

Back on dry land, our award-winning shop in Ocean Terminal has exclusive gifts and popular Britannia souvenirs as distinctive as Britannia herself. What will you choose to remember your visit?

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Edinburgh Castle + The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh Castle + The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh Castle

Great Hall
The Great Hall was completed in 1511, as the nation’s chief place of ceremony and state assembly. An original hammerbeam roof dating from 1511 is just one fascinating feature of the impressive Great Hall.

Guided Tours
All visitors to the castle can join our popular guided tour free of charge. Filled with intriguing tales and castle secrets for all.

The Honours of Scotland
Top of the list for many visitors are The Honours of Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels. The crown, sceptre and sword of state are the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom.

Mons Meg
This mighty medieval siege gun is one of the world’s oldest, it could fire a gunstone almost two miles. Built at Mons, Belgium, she represented the cutting edge of military technology.

National War Museum Scotland
Discover the story of Scots at war over 400 years, revealed through personal mementoes, photographs and military objects.

One o’clock Gun
The One o’ Clock Gun was first fired from the Castle on 7 June 1861, and has continued ever since, six days a week, except during the two World Wars.

Prisons of War Exhibition
A highly acclaimed ‘Prisons of War’ experience in the castle vaults vividly recalls the conditions the 18th century captives endured.

Royal Palace
Its fine rooms were the home of Scotland’s royalty for centuries, where Queen Marie de Guise died in 1560 and her daughter Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in 1566.

Royal Scots Regimental Museum
Explore the proud and exciting story of one of Scotland’s most famous regiments.

Scottish National War Memorial
Originally opened in 1927, this is a memorial to Scots who died in both World Wars, and in later campaigns. Their names are listed here in the Roll of Honour.

The Regimental Museum Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
An important collection illustrating the history of Scotland’s only cavalry regiment and its English and Scottish antecedents dating back to 1678.

The Stone of Destiny
The Stone of Destiny is an important symbol of Scottish nationhood, and still plays a central role in all British coronations. It was the coronation seat of ancient Scottish kings.

St Margaret’s Chapel
Take a quiet moment in St Margaret’s Chapel, built by David I around 1130 and the oldest building in Edinburgh.

Views of Edinburgh
Photo hotspots around the castle – capture stunning views of Edinburgh
 

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history.

Today the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

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Edinburgh Dungeon + Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Dungeon + Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Great Hall
The Great Hall was completed in 1511, as the nation’s chief place of ceremony and state assembly. An original hammerbeam roof dating from 1511 is just one fascinating feature of the impressive Great Hall.

Guided Tours
All visitors to the castle can join our popular guided tour free of charge. Filled with intriguing tales and castle secrets for all.

The Honours of Scotland
Top of the list for many visitors are The Honours of Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels. The crown, sceptre and sword of state are the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom.

Mons Meg
This mighty medieval siege gun is one of the world’s oldest, it could fire a gunstone almost two miles. Built at Mons, Belgium, she represented the cutting edge of military technology.

National War Museum Scotland
Discover the story of Scots at war over 400 years, revealed through personal mementoes, photographs and military objects.

One o’clock Gun
The One o’ Clock Gun was first fired from the Castle on 7 June 1861, and has continued ever since, six days a week, except during the two World Wars.

Prisons of War Exhibition
A highly acclaimed ‘Prisons of War’ experience in the castle vaults vividly recalls the conditions the 18th century captives endured.

Royal Palace
Its fine rooms were the home of Scotland’s royalty for centuries, where Queen Marie de Guise died in 1560 and her daughter Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in 1566.

Royal Scots Regimental Museum
Closed 16th – 22nd June. Explore the proud and exciting story of one of Scotland’s most famous regiments.

Scottish National War Memorial
Originally opened in 1927, this is a memorial to Scots who died in both World Wars, and in later campaigns. Their names are listed here in the Roll of Honour.

The Regimental Museum Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
An important collection illustrating the history of Scotland’s only cavalry regiment and its English and Scottish antecedents dating back to 1678.

The Stone of Destiny
The Stone of Destiny is an important symbol of Scottish nationhood, and still plays a central role in all British coronations. It was the coronation seat of ancient Scottish kings.

St Margaret’s Chapel
Take a quiet moment in St Margaret’s Chapel, built by David I around 1130 and the oldest building in Edinburgh.

Views of Edinburgh
Photo hotspots around the castle – capture stunning views of Edinburgh
 

Edinburgh Dungeon

Delve into Scotland’s most horrible history at the Edinburgh Dungeon – experience live
actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects.  Step back into the darkest of times… are you brave enough to face 80 minutes of Scotland’s dark past?

William Wallace: Allegiance
Wallace’s Scottish Wars of Independence came to a grisly end with a devastating defeat at the Battle of Falkirk, 1298. Wallace evaded capture until 1305 by which time the English were baying for his blood.

Wallace was stripped naked, dragged by a horse to London’s Smithfield and there hanged, drawn and quartered.

What you’ll experience
Meet the patriotic WIlliam Wallace and his Scottish army
Watch his severed head come back to life to tell his version of events
Experience his demise as he is captured in a terrifying plot
Discover his gruesome fate

Judgement of Sinners
It is the middle of the 17th Century and the justice system is harsh, unpredictable and frequently lethal. Pray the judge has pity on your soul. Your sentencing and fate await you!

Torture Chamber
Discover the instruments of the torturer’s dark art in the grim torture chamber of the Royal Mile Jail. It’s a first-hand education in the cruel implements that were available to loosen your tongue, or tear it out!

Sawney Bean: Cave of the Cannibals
Face Sawney Bean and his frightening family of flesh eating cannibals. Travel by boat, deep into their cave for meal time……Will you escape, or become the cannibal’s next fresh meat?

Burke & Hare: The Business of Murder
Edge your way through the darkness and tombstones of the murky burial ground and find yourself in the very gravest of situations. Come face to face with notorious serial killers Mr Burke and Mr Hare.

Mary King’s Ghost
It is 1646 and an overwhelming stench hits you as you enter the mysterious Mary King’s Close. Discover the plague ridden streets, feel the unease around you as those left to die haunt the close. Will you catch it…or will they you?

Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom!
Wait as your sentence is read and your fate decided in the hanging gallows of Edinburgh Dungeon! Hear the screams of those around you, criminals condemned together, and draw your breath as you are lifted to face your doom!

Labyrinth of Lost Souls
Enter the Edinburgh Dungeon’s Haunted Labyrinth, a dark and terrifying maze of catacombs that stretches beneath the Royal Mile.

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St Pauls Cathedral + ArcelorMittal Orbit

St Pauls Cathedral + ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

Feel the ground disappear as you make the short journey by lift, 80m to the top viewing platform of the ArcelorMittal Orbit where you will experience a show-stopping panorama.

Take in a totally new perspective of London with views of up to 20 miles into the city and over the parklands, waterways and world-class sporting venues of London’s newest Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The wave-shaped roof of the Aquatics Centre can be seen in its full glory, now the temporary spectator wings have been removed. Take a hawk’s eye view over the magnificent Stadium, the future new home of West Ham United Football Club and look down on the unique and intimate gardens of the newly landscaped south of the Park.
 
Looking beyond the Park, visitors to the ArcelorMittal Orbit will have the chance to see five football grounds, and many of London’s iconic buildings: The Shard, BT Tower, The Gherkin, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena and Emirates Airline. Those with a keen eye will also spot new additions to the skyline, such as the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater. And with views of up to 20 miles, marvel at the sights on the horizon from Alexandra Palace in the north, Wembley Stadium to the west, Crystal Palace transmitter to the south and Epping Forest to the east.
 
Along with the landscape, and visionary design of the sculpture itself, visitors will be treated to interactive screens using gigapixel technology to interpret the views. Learn the story of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (available in multiple languages) and take a closer view of the panorama using this innovative technology. Visitors can also enjoy the distinctive Kapoor designed concave mirrors that will flip your perspective and turn the horizon on its head.
 
And when it’s time to go home, challenge your friends and family to descend the 455 steps to the ground, immersing yourselves in the sounds of London as you walk down the stairs.
 
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a distinctive emblem of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and illustrates the continuing story of that magical summer – follow in the footsteps of Her Majesty the Queen and many Olympic and Paralympic stars –ascend the ArcelorMittal Orbit – an unmissable London attraction.

 

St Paul’s Cathedral

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late seventeenth century, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the world’s most beautiful and best-loved buildings. A potent symbol of the life of the nation, its stones have absorbed the hopes, fears, sorrows and joys of generations; an enduring symbol of both the past and the present. Majestic, timeless and atmospheric, St Paul’s welcomes many thousands of visitors through its doors each year for services, concerts, debates, educational events, performing arts and sightseeing. Recently transformed by state-of-the-art restoration techniques, the light flooding the internal space of the Cathedral highlights the luminescent Portland stone and brings mosaics, carvings, paintings and sculpture to life.

Visitors and worshippers can witness Wren’s original vision and see his Cathedral as crisp and magnificent as the day it was completed. Gazing up into Wren’s crowning glory, the lofty and awe-inspiring Dome of St Paul’s, is just one of the highlights of a visit to this remarkable Cathedral. But of course, the pinnacle of any trip to St Paul’s has to be the winding journey up the spiral staircase to the Whispering Gallery to sample its unique audio effects before travelling up and out to the Stone and Golden Galleries, which afford a panoramic view of London that is second to none.

Whether you’ve visited St Paul’s in the past or will be making your first trip, we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Access to the Nelson Chamber for Wheelchairs is through the ramp by the Gallipoli Memorial until the end of February. When weddings take place there will be a restricted access through this chamber.

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