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Highlights of the Royal Yacht Britannia

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I am Gillian Beaton, Marketing Manager for The Royal Yacht Britannia. We welcome approximately 300,000 visitors a year and were rated Scotland’s Best Attraction by VisitScotland for ten years’ running. Our visitors enjoy a self-guided tour of the ship with an audio handset, which is available in 27 different languages, including German, British Sign Language tablet and Braille Script. This captivating tour covers Britannia’s five main decks all of which are fully accessible. You will discover what life was like on board The Queen’s floating royal residence and follow in the footsteps of world leaders.

There are so many fascinating highlights on board Britannia. Here are a few of my favourite places.

The State Drawing Room was the setting for official functions, but also a private sanctuary for the Royal Family when they were off duty where they could converse and play games. The Queen once said of Britannia, ‚This is where I can truly relax‘. When you enter the Royal Apartments, you can understand why. The calm, elegant design feels more like a country house than a floating palace. The focal point of the room is the elegant baby grand piano which has been played by the likes of Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Sir Noël Coward.

Britannia is truly unique and is the only former Royal residence where you are able to view one of Her Majesty’s Bedrooms.  The Honeymoon Suite was used for four Royal honeymoons, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s. Her Majesty’s favourite room on board was the Sun Lounge and this informal room was where The Queen and her family would enjoy breakfast and afternoon tea.

One of the most magnificent rooms is The State Dining Room which hosted many famous guests including Churchill, Mandela, Reagan, Clinton and Yeltsin. Around the walls many exotic gifts given to The Queen, as she travelled around the world on official visits are on display. Today, we host prestigious evening events in the State Apartments. Memorable dinners and drinks receptions can be held, all are executed to the same high standards that were in place when the Yacht was in Royal service.

Britannia is often referred to as two ships in one. The magnificent State Apartments and Royal Family’s living quarters are serene and elegant to the stern of the Royal Yacht. In stark contrast, forward of the ship’s funnel, was a functional Royal Navy vessel, where crew and operational equipment were located in cramped conditions. Moving from one to the other was like entering a different world. I recommend stopping off at the NAAFi. This was once the original on board shop for Britannia’s crew and visitors can now sample and buy our home-made fudge here. Perfect for a sweet treat!

If you visit the Royal Sailing Exhibition you can view the former ocean racing yacht Bloodhound. (Please note that Bloodhound is not on display in July and August, she is based in Oban and available for private charter during this period.)

We are here to help you. Britannia’s Groups Team offers a flexible, friendly service. Groups of 15 or more can claim special rates when they book in advance. Please contact Pete or Adèle with any questions or to provisionally hold a date on groups@tryb.co.uk / +44 (0)131 555 8800. For enquiries about our evening events please contact our Events Team on events@tryb.co.uk /  +44 (0) 131 555 8800 who will be delighted to assist.

A visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia will give you a unique insight into Royal life and the truly amazing ship that is Britannia.

Gillian Beaton
Marketing Manager

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Kontakt und Anschrift

The Royal Yacht Britannia
Ocean Terminal
Groups Team
Tel: +44 (0) 131 555 8800
E-Mail: groups@tryb.co.uk
Events Team
Tel: +44 (0) 131 555 8800
E-Mail: events@tryb.co.uk

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