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
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!
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