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The Royal Yacht Britannia celebrates 5 million visitors

As Scotland’s summer tourism season gets underway, The Royal Yacht Britannia is celebrating welcoming 5 million visitors, since opening in 1998, and is on track to have its most successful year ever.  
The Queen’s former floating palace is one of the most famous ships in the world, sailing a million miles around the globe, on a thousand official visits, during her 44 years in Royal service.


Berthed in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith, Britannia is now a five-star visitor attraction and exclusive evening events venue.  

For ten years’ running, Britannia has been officially pronounced as Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction by national tourism agency, VisitScotland, with a consistent quality assurance score of 96%. This absolute commitment to ensuring the highest standards of customer experience, throughout every facet of the business, resulted in a total of 308,906 visitors to The Royal Yacht last year, and the most successful year for the business, since opening.  

Owned and managed by a wholly self-financing charitable trust, Britannia has proven to be a major success since arriving in Edinburgh. With a commitment to delivering an outstanding customer experience, the ship now employs more than 150 people.  

Bob Downie, Chief Executive of The Royal Yacht Britannia comments: “We are all extremely proud of Britannia’s success as a visitor attraction since ‘retiring’ from active service, which is testament to those who built her, those who served aboard, and those who now lovingly care for the former Royal Yacht.”

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