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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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Nice little castle.

Very nice castle grounds. You cannot go inside the castle to see the rooms, can only see the ballroom. Grounds are prestine in the spring. Good stop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Very nice castle grounds. You cannot go inside the castle to see the rooms, can only see the ballroom. Grounds are prestine in the spring. Good stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It is not cheap but comparable to National Trust in England. We visited on a beautiful day, it is a very magical place, calm, beautiful scenery, grounds well kept and all very interesting. We had coffee and cake to start with followed by lunch, good value in the cafe.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

We visited Balmoral on 10 April 2015. The car park was free of charge, so this was a good start. Entry cost was £10 each as seniors (£11) for adults. We thought this a reasonable charge for visiting such a site. Staff were very friendly and welcoming and explained how to get to the house and how the self guided... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

There is a pleasant walk up to the Castle. An audio tour is provided where you can easily listen to the information and history at certain clearly marked points. We were disappointed that we were only able to go into one room (the ball room of the castle). The main tour is around the grounds. Not a full day, you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

An enjoyable place to visit with a lot of information to discover. The grounds are extensive but you better leave time to see all the grounds! The only disappointment really was that only the ballroom is open to visitors. The cafe was good and the food reasonably priced. There is wheelchair access. Glad to have visited but I wouldn't visit... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Yes the grounds are lovely but you only see the ballroom which is disappointing with only a few exhibits. I am not a fan of audio guides so a bit more information about the Castle on the map would be good. Don't go into the cafe if there is a queue because they can't cope even with a small one....totally... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Nice egg hunt for Easter. Mosty outdoors so avoid if weather is bad. Otherwise the gardens are amazing and the views of the castle very nice. Recommended even with young children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Stunning grounds, audio tour, you can only go into one room in the castle it's self, but are allowed in other rooms outside of the castle. . Stunning gardens and River. Dogs welcome in grounds , nice cafe and shop too. excellent day out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a lovely part of scotland this is, the walks nearby are truly magical. The castle is german looking and there are cairns to find and a stone pyramid in the woods. Nearby is lochnager distillery which you should visit first and then walk through the grounds to the exit without the need to pay

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited Balmoral on the first day of the season and as we arrived early, we were one of the few people there. The visit was lovely and as it was snowing, it made the Castle look magical. The audio tour was very informative and if the weather wasn't as it was, we would have enjoyed the walking trails from... More 

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