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Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534
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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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Made famous by the Queen's presence each summer, it does not really live up the level of many other castles in the Aberdeenshire area. It does, however, sport some very lovely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

Made famous by the Queen's presence each summer, it does not really live up the level of many other castles in the Aberdeenshire area. It does, however, sport some very lovely surrounds which I'm sure the Queen must really enjoy.

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

The magnificent scenery leaves you in awe. No wonder the Queen loves it here. There is a £12 entry fee (well worth it) and a £5 deposit for the audio headset which is refunded when you return the set at the end of your tour. There is so much to see but (in my opinion) the Castle Ballroom takes first... More 

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Hillarys, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We visited Balmoral Castle in August this year but were a little disappointed as we were only allowed inside one room. However, the grounds and gardens were stunning and even though we didn't see much inside the castle it was well worth the visit just to admire the gardens and the surrounding countryside. John & Gail Laney

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children cost us 28.50 pounds and well worth it. The castle is stunning and so are the gardens. It was lovely to be able to walk around such places that HRH walks around. ALL of the castle is NOT opened to the public, only a very small area which we were disappointed... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Took my parents over when they come up for a visit, and we really enjoyed the visit. The castle is beautiful, typical Victorian style. Everything was open, since the Queen was not staying. Took an audio guide, and had a walk about the castle and the gardens at our own pace. Snapped some lovely photos, and even stopped by the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

and forest, but nothing else.We couldn't visit as Her Majesty was there. We parked the car and we went a little bit around. Nice nature

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Very disappointed as only allowed entry to small ballroom/museum & stable/outhouses our choice of food in the restaurant was terrible & had to be returned as it was almost burnt to a cinder

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

This is a nice way to spend a few hours walking around a lovely estate. The gardens were interesting, but nothing spectacular (other than the vegetable garden, which was amazing!). The only inside portion you're allowed in is the ballroom, which has been turned into a museum/shrine of the royal family. There is a gift shop and cafe, which I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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

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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