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Address: , Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534
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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 gardens and grounds. Shame not to see more of the castle!

The ride up to the castle and restaurant in the trailer was novel and worth doing. The restaurant itself was large and very busy but there was a lot of choice for snacks, cakes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The ride up to the castle and restaurant in the trailer was novel and worth doing. The restaurant itself was large and very busy but there was a lot of choice for snacks, cakes and so on. The walk around the gardens was fun, and I enjoyed seeing the kitchen gardens and the sunken gardens. The ballroom was lovely and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We loved our family visit to Balmoral. we took the quick carraige trip from the main entrance up to the main house. You can walk up there as its a nice walk, we walked on the way back. So many photo ops available, the place is dripping in scenery. Great gardens, kitchen gardens, heather area, walled gardens. lovely to stand... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Balmoral is a lovely estate,but you need to be careful when you visit. I am sure the gardens are beautiful but we visited a week or so before the Queen was scheduled to arrive and not too much of the gardens were in bloom. It is also quite pricey for nice gardens but not the best in Scotland and viewing... More 

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Rzeszow, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

When it comes to visiting the castle there's not much to see as you can visit just one room in the whole castle. The rest is reserved for the royal family. The garden was undoubtedly the best attraction there. I loved it. The Queen arrives to the castle twice a year and it is great to visit the castle grounds... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Its a pretty house, that's for sure. If you have the extra money and time to see how the 1% of the world vacation or the money to stay at one of the cottages yourself, it might be worth it to you. The grounds are basically all you get to see, and they are quite lovely. You leave a fiver... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Though I was not sure if Balmoral would be worth the admission fee (pricey as you only see the gardens, grounds, and one room of the castle), our morning was a good experience. If you are not big on nature or the monarchy, maybe give it a miss.

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Kingussie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We enjoyed walking the gardens, surroundings of the castle were lovely, majestic and well kept. The restaurant was a joke - no food available after 2pm, only left overs which did not look appetising at all. High prices reflect the fact that there is that or nothing else available.

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Jefferson, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

So much promise, but so little to see. Grounds are average at best. Only one room in the castle was open for viewing. Definitely not worth either the time or the money

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San Antonio, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The drive to/from and the walk around the area was the highlight of visiting Balmoral. The audio guide is included, and was one of the few castles where we chose to use it. There is also an iPhone app version if you want to use your own equipment. The ballroom is the only indoor part of the castle open to... More 

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

very nice place to see. unfortunatly you can not view a lot inside the castle but the park and forest are beautiful. The exhibition in the stables are great and the tearoom is very nice. We had a local band playing there some very nice local music during lunchtime the only little teardrop is the price which is quite a... More 

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