Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and visit the Queen's floating residence
The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the most prestigious attractions in the whole of Scotland. The Queen, along with the rest of the Royal Family, regarded this yacht as their home for over 40 years. Sailing around the world on royal duties, she is now nestled in Edinburgh. As a previous fully functioning yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, the magnificent ship was in service from 1954 until 1997 sailing around the world on royal duties, until 1997 when she was decommissioned. Today she is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh and serves as one of the most iconic and popular visitor attractions in Scotland.
Walk aboard a royal institution
Voted as Scotland’s best visitor attraction by VisitScotland, you can learn and see everything in terms of the full royal experience. The yacht is a bustling visitor centre and educational facility in addition to hosting corporate and private events, annually presenting the world-famous Britannia’s Burns Supper and Scottish Evening. Find out what a typical day was like onboard and learn about the hard work that went into servicing and maintaining the yacht above and below deck. 1950’s elegance and charm is evident throughout with its articulate décor and beautiful furnishings – the design of which was influenced by the Duke of Edinburgh and HM the Queen.
If you are planning on visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia, stay with Fraser Suites for a mixture of modern luxury and traditional architecture. Located in the middle of Edinburgh’s most historic area of the city, our stunning Victorian building is 130 years old, but is decorated with modern amenities - the perfect balance of old and new.
Discover life aboard the Queen’s floating residence
Private tours are a popular activity of the Britannia. With access to every deck on the yacht and historical insight into the life of the people on board, visitors have been treated to the rich history of the royal naval experience and a chance to see how the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and their family and crew lived day today. The yacht visitor experience is open daily except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, it is recommended to go early during August before the yacht gets too busy. Why not make the most of your time aboard and enjoy a refreshment, snack and time to relax in the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Group trips are also catered for, which you can arrange in advance.
Staying in accommodation near to the Royal Yacht Britannia means that travelling from our residence is easy. A quick 16-minute drive, Uber, or taxi will take you to the shores of Leith to visit this highly rated visitor attraction. You can also take a quick 7-minute walk to Princes Street and take the tram to Ocean Terminal.
Hotels near Yacht Britannia Edinburgh - staying at Fraser Suites
Fraser Suites Edinburgh is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, just off the famous Princes Street. Stay at our hotel suites near the Royal Yacht Britannia so that you can explore everything that Scotland’s capital has to offer while still living in the modern luxury that Fraser Suites promises. Our location is in the middle of the best of Edinburgh’s centuries-old buildings. You can take in all the sights that Edinburgh has to offer, as well as seeing the traditional one o’clock gun just off the mound at Edinburgh Castle, enjoying the shops and entertainment off of Princes’ Street, and taking in the Tattoo just blocks away from the steps of your luxury hotel suites. Relax and unwind in the comfort of our boutique suites in our classic room if you are travelling with a partner, spacious junior suite for a small family or your very own city centre one bedroom suites for a luxurious space.
Each of our hotel suites offers a spacious and modern place for relaxing after a day touring the Royal Yacht Britannia. With spacious living quarters, comfortable sleeping areas, and a private kitchenette to cook your own meals; let Fraser Suites be your home away while visiting the historic Old Town of Edinburgh.
If you want to avoid crowds and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia early, stop by our Henderson's St Giles's Street Café for a proper breakfast.
A residence fit for a Queen
Visitors or regular guests can find us just blocks away from multiple cultural and historic areas of Scotland’s Capital. Edinburgh Castle, St Giles’ Cathedral and The Scottish National Gallery are all within walking distance. If you are looking for dining and drinking options, there are fantastic modern twists on traditional Scottish cuisine, fine pubs, and wine bars available to your liking. Check out our easy local attractions map for any ideas to make the most of your stay in the cultural Edinburgh Old Town.
Our award-winning suites near the Royal Yacht Britannia, are the perfect choice for a city break in the Scottish capital or a fun-filled group trip. Whether you are a fan of the Royal family or simply want to learn more about one of the most iconic yachts in the world, you won’t be disappointed with a trip to this attraction. We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh – make your reservation now.