Newhaven is a tender port, but deep enough for the Britannia to stop. Inland there is a pier and a historic lighthouse that lie between Leith and Granton. It is mainly a cargo port and for International ferries that run to Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, but the old train ferry line is derelict now although it is well serviced by the Newhaven Harbour railway station. There is also a Victorian fish market, which fishing was built up after the opening of the railway line from Lewes to Newhaven in 1847. Fishing was part of the life blood of Edinburgh along with coopering, the making or barrels along with the shipping it serviced. See our blog on Leith, Ocean terminal which is a 20 minute tender ride away and then a short walk or shuttle to the terminal where there are buses and shopping centre because it is near to the city centre and different buses take you to different parts of the picturesque beautiful city. But at the Ocean Terminal you will also find the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The Royal Yacht Britannia, which is now retired from service and is permanently moored there and has become Edinburgh’s number one attraction. We suggest time is allowed to take this in before or after you sail. This vessel served the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, from 1954 until 1997. She was the 83rd such vessel since King Charles II, subject of Jean’s film on Nel Gwynne with whom he was good friends. You will see how much more comfort you have on your ship than her Majesty had. The furnishings are all still in place as you will see from Jean’s film. During this yacht’s 43-year career, she travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Over 300,000 tourists visit the yacht each year. This is a place of Royalty and history, Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II and was founded as a monastery in 1128. See our blog and video on the city after you have watched the ship. Picture from Wikipedia, uncredited but there is a great blog on Newhaven’s fishing past and the ‘Seafood branch line’.
If you are on the Britannia on one of its rare ventures to Edinburgh the Limelight club is a treat. It normally rotates four menus, it is a three course menu because you are there to watch an act, it is like a speakeasy. There you might see the great singer song writer Dean Friedman, or X-Factor winner Sam Bailey. As we are official affiliates of P&O, you can book your holiday here now or if you have booked already and have your details which will all come via the internet and you will be sent tickets and plans, you can book a table at the Limelight Club as well as excursions via you cruise planner below. The internet is a wonderful thing!
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If you are on a P&O ship you can book your on board ship arranged excursion before you cruise by clicking through to your personal cruise planner here on the P&O site, have your booking confirmation details to hand.