Royal Yacht Britannia (Leith) Reviews
Description:Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia was the 83rd Royal Yacht since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660. She is now ... more
Royal Yacht Britannia (Leith) ... permanently moored as an exhibition ship at Ocean Terminal, Leith harbour, Edinburgh, Scotland. HMY Britannia was built at the shipyard of John Brown & Co. Ltd in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, being launched by Queen Elizabeth II on 16 April 1953 and commissioned on 11 January 1954. During her career as Royal Yacht (she was designed to be converted into a hospital ship in time of war, though this facility was never used), she conveyed the Queen, other members of the Royal Family, and various dignitaries on 696 foreign visits and 272 visits in British waters. Prince Charles and Princess Diana took a honeymoon cruise aboard Britannia in 1981. She also evacuated over 1,000 refugees from the civil war in Aden in 1986. In addition, the ship was intended to serve as a mobile refuge for the British Royal Family in the event of nuclear warfare with the Soviet Union. Guest included U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commented when he saw the engines: "Well, I've now seen the museum pieces. Where are the real engines?"
Newest Review: ... (steps which are not actually part of the yacht but have walkways to it) but there are lifts too. OPENING HOURS We visited over the New Year period and the attraction was closed on New Year?s Day, but this is expected really as most things are! It only actually closed on December 25 and January 1. It was open 10am-3.30pm and closed one-and-a-half hours after the last admission which is ... more
Customer Royal Yacht Britannia (Leith) Reviews (3)
by - written on 22/08/03, updated on 22/08/03 (Very useful, 209 readings)
I remember seeing the news reports of the Queen with a tear in her eye when she was forced to say goodbye to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Now, having looked around it, I can see why. It would be like being cruising in a five star hotel! It is a floating palace! We visited Edinburgh for New Year and made sure we made time to visit the yacht that served the Royal Family for 40 years (I love being nosey and looking around these kind of things!) If you are in the area I would certainly recommend a visit to it so you can see how the other half live if nothing else! WHERE IS IT? The yacht is now a popular tourist attraction and is situated in Ocean Terminal. ... Read the complete review
by - written on 08/04/03, updated on 08/04/03 (Very useful, 386 readings)
HMY Britannia (Y for Yacht, as opposed to Ship) was, until decommissioned in 1997, the floating home of the Queen and her family. Built in 1953 in Clydebank, Scotland, she travelled over a million miles and still holds the magic sparkle you would expect anything with the prefix 'Royal' to have. Now converted into a museum 'experience', ensuring her awesome history does not go forgotten, she instantly makes it into a tourist's list of things to do in Edinburgh, especially with the backing of being an official five-star tourist attraction, and having won various Best Attraction Awards as well. Britannia is permanently moored now at the Port of ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/05/01, updated on 12/05/01 (Very useful, 373 readings)
I want to make you aware of a new attraction in Edinburgh: The Royal Yacht Britannia. The Royal Yacht served the Royal Family from its launch in 1953 until 1997. She has become the most famous ship in the world. After more then 700 journeys all over the world she has now come to a final destination, where she is now open to the public. To get there by car, just follow the signs to Leith and Britannia (in the north of Edinburgh). There is also a bus service from the centre of Edinburgh (Waverley Bridge, next to the railway station). We have spent a few hours on board (last summer), and it's certainly worth the money. The Visitor ... Read the complete review
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