Council leader: Adam McVey rediscovers one of Edinburgh’s leading attractions as restrictions ease

To mark Edinburgh moving to level two, and more businesses and attractions across the city opening their doors from Monday May 17, Edinburgh City Council’s leader, Adam McVey visited leading attraction the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith.

By Caitlyn Dewar
Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 4:55 am

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He was met by The Royal Yacht Britannia’s chief executive, Bob Downie who shared stories of the ship's fascinating history.

Adam McVey said: “It’s great to see the Royal Yacht Britannia open its doors again, one of our city's top attractions with a wealth of history right on our doorstep - a must see for any self-respecting 'The Crown' fan. The ship is just one example of the wealth of experiences to take advantage of across the city.

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Council leader Adam McVey met with the Royal Yacht Britannia's chief executive Bob Downie on Monday morning

“Through our Forever Edinburgh campaign we’re encouraging all of our residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful Capital and rediscover all it has to offer. From our world-renowned attractions and inspiring city tours, to local food and drink experiences, as well as our brilliant shops, our city has the most amazing tales to tell and this is a great time to take advantage of Edinburgh's offer and support local businesses that have been hard hit by the pandemic.”

Bob Downie, added: “We are delighted to be reopened, and strongly encourage locals to visit and discover for themselves why Britannia was voted as the Best UK Attraction, and thereby support Edinburgh businesses who are cautiously reopening after a very difficult period.”

The Royal Yacht Britannia opened again last week to welcome back visitors and is currently open from Wednesday until Sunday each week.

Visitors are able to book to visit the attraction online, however walk-ins are also welcome.

The Evening News is supporting Forever Edinburgh, a joint campaign between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) and VisitScotland. This encourages people to rediscover the city, its stories and places while supporting local businesses, promoting attractions, shops, bars and restaurants as lockdown eases.