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Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Balmoral is the Scottish home of the British Royal Family. The Castle...
Balmoral is the Scottish home of the British Royal Family. The Castle Ballroom, gardens and exhibitions are open from the 29th March until the 31st July. Visitors are able to view the Castle Ballroom, the largest room in the Castle, used for a number of formal occasions when Her Majesty is in residence. This is a rare opportunity to see many original pieces of fine art and treasures which normally reside within the private rooms of the Castle. An audio tour is included in the admission price and guides visitors around the formal and production gardens as well as a number of other exhibitions located within the stable block. In 2013 visitors area able to enjoy an exhibition of photographs of the Royal Family by Cecil Beaton. The exhibition is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum London and contains over forty fascinating images. Other displays include a native wildlife exhibition, a look at the Royal Yacht Britannia, a year in the life of Balmoral and our Balmoral audio visual presentation. We have a spacious self service cafe and gift shop selling a wide range of Balmoral souvenirs. Walks and trails are waymarked on the estate so visitors can enjoy a leisurely riverside walk or more strenuous exploration of the many commemorative cairns located within the grounds.Please note that Balmoral closes to visitors on the 31st July. The room open to visitors in the Castle is the Ballroom. Other rooms in the Castle form part of Her Majesty's private residence and as such are not open to the public.
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Lovely place love the Garden and around but very Disappoint pay £37 for a family of 4 to see only one room open.. The Ballroom.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely place love the Garden and around but very Disappoint pay £37 for a family of 4 to see only one room open.. The Ballroom.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The Castle itself is not open to the public however, the gardens & grounds are. We were allowed into the ballroom which was very nice and full of history with relevant pictures. We did note the absence of Princess Diana pictures though.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

£11 entry to look at the outside and see inside one, unfurnished room? We can't abide audio tours so maybe that somehow adds something but I doubt it. The exhibitions weren't particularly linked to Balmoral either and were pretty pointless as well.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Although we were aware of the reviews for Balmoral Castle we still decided to pay a visit. Reception staff were very pleasant, £37 entrance for 2 adults, 1 child and 1 student. We decided to walk to the main bit, it took 5 mins. Nothing much to see other than photographs of the Royal family a couple of cars and... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

V disappointing. Can only visit the ballroom inside the castle and nothing else! For £28 v expensive morning out. Other people we spoke to felt the same.

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Vancouver Island, BC
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The grounds were gorgeous, had I researched it better, I would have left the seniors at home and just toured the grounds, there is a groundskeeper tour. But honestly, we were only going because my nearly 90 year old Mum wanted to see it, she was disgusted and annoyed and exhausted after that long drive. Having toured Holyrood previously we... More 

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Naracoorte, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We were a little disappointed with Balmoral Castle. I fully understand that it is still used by the Royal Family, but we thought there may have been more to look at except aged photos, the most of which have been circulating for years. Surely over the years there must have been a plethora of articles accumulated which are not used... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We were a bit disappointed, because you are not allowed to see anything in the castle. We could only visit one room in the ground floor, which had a small exhibition. Of course the estate is amazing and the gardens very beautiful. But I 'm not sure if paying a ticket is worth the cost. At least we were lucky... More 

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I found this a rather disappointing place to visit and an expensive Entrance Fee for what's on offer. Yes, the castle & gardens are beautiful but that's about it. You're only allowed access to the Ballroom and although it's nice, it doesn't hold your attention for long. The Cafe however does serve the Best Scones I've ever tasted and they... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We were very surprised with Balmoral Castle. In fact it has changed my view of the royal family. To charge entry and to see very little of the castle is a great disappointment. You get a sense that visitors are an imposition. Every window other than the ballroom has curtains so no visitors can see in, which was quite frankly... More 

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Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater

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