Explore The Queen’s former floating palace with a visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia.
Moored at Ocean Terminal in Leith this most regal of ships is one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions.
As a special treat, The Falkirk Herald is offering lucky readers the opportunity to take along children free of charge, giving them the chance to follow in the footsteps of royalty.
The Royal Yacht Britannia was a much-loved home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, who spent two weeks on board each year for over four decades.
Britannia covered over 1,000,000 miles in this and its other role as a floating ambassador for the UK and the Commonwealth.
Visitors will have an opportunity to explore the five main decks with a fascinating audio tour included in the admission price.
Children get their own version, ideal for under 10s.
There is something for all the family to enjoy, whether it is following in the footsteps of world leaders including Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Rajiv Gandhi in the magnificent State Apartments or imagining what life was like for the crew members in their cramped bunks below deck.
You can also experience stunning harbour views from the impressive luxury of the Royal Deck Tea Room, while you relax and enjoy homemade soup and sandwiches or delicious cakes and scones.
This year is Britannia’s diamond jubilee. She was launched April 16, 1953, from the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank by HM The Queen, shortly before her coronation.
Special events were held earlier this year to mark the occasion, including the welcoming back of two of the longest serving crew members. One of them had served on Britannia for over 34 years.
Britannia is open to the public from 9.30 a.m. throughout October with the last admission at 4 p.m. In November it opens at 10 a.m. with the last admission at 3.30 p.m.
For further information visit Britannia’s website at www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk or, Monday to Friday, call 0131 555 5566.
Terms and conditions:
One child goes free with one full-paying adult or senior citizen with this voucher. Not valid with any other offer or for advance tickets. Valid until November 30, 2013. Ref: 1306.