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Old Royal Station

Address: Old Station, Ballater, Scotland
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Ballater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

What an amazing job they have done in transforming this very historic railway station into a mini museum that captures how it would have been in its hayday. The figures are very realistic and set up in very interesting displays. Lots of interesting facts about Ballater, Victoria and Albert, visits to Balmoral, etc. If you love things Royal or Victorian... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
51 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The old royal station is interesting to visit and retains many original features from Victorian times. For a mere £2 you can tour the (small) museum which is complete with much original memorabilia, detailed information, an original Royal railway carriage, and a fully laid out waiting room from the reign of Queen Victoria. Compact, yes, but still worth a visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

An interesting insight into the beautiful old station buildings. Lots of Victoria and Albert history, it's a shame the line was closed. The are a few kids activities inside and interactive displays.

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York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We called in for brunch after a long invigorating walk and shared a portion of chips a and Salt and Pepper Squid. Sadly the squid was dry overcooked and very rubbery. The place itself is great for coffee and the service was good. However, for the price and quality of our meal it will be a long time before we... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
72 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Spent a pleasant half hour here pretending to be royalty and part of Queen Victoria's entourage. Well reproduced waiting room complete with royal loo and fun faces on sticks so you can choose your character if you feel silly enough. Lovely train. Enjoyed it. Hope you do. I had forgotten that she had had so many children.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We were feeling rather peckish when we were visiting Ballater. We managed to find a parking place outside the Old Station . After having a look around the town we decided to go into the "cafe". We made ourselves comfortable and a waitress came to take our order. The food was well cooked and wonderful the staff were very attentive.... More 

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Bellshill, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
12 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The station is lovely and retains many of it's original features. For £2 one can visit the museum complete with an original Royal railway carriage and waiting room from Queen Victoria's reign. Worth a visit.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The platform and museum is really interesting and well done. I really enjoyed it. Sunday lunch in the restaurant a more mixed experience! The food was good but the service appallingly slow.

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Nn10 8bz
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Located at the back of the Tourist information - great display of Queen Victoria arriving for her holiday at her beloved Balmoral. Very well done.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We managed to book a table remember you have to be quick off the mark last orders are at 8pm. The food was v. good and one of the best sirloins I have tasted. Staff were friendly and attentive. This was a pleasure!

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