Christmas on The Royal Yacht Britannia

Christmas on The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of our recommended attractions in Edinburgh, and makes for a fascinating day out at any time of year.

This weekend, Britannia celebrated Christmas, as it was adorned with decorations in a recreation of how life onboard may have been during the festive season. The State Apartments were resplendent with their tinsel and trees; and the officers’ and crew’s quarters also had little touches of cheer amongst the more serious items on display.

One thing that’s always struck us about Britannia is how much of a ‘home from home’ it appears to have been. Although Royal barges and the garage containing a Rolls Royce give away who its previous owners were, some of the other rooms are surprisingly modest.

This is emphasised even more during The Royal Yacht Britannia’s Christmas weekend, where it’s the little touches – the presents sitting on bunk beds; or the stockings hanging next to electric fires – which are the most memorable.

Here are our video and photos of Britannia‘s festive weekend.

The Royal Yacht Britannia is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Details are available on the website.


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