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Balmoral Castle

Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
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Ranked #8 of 13 attractions in Ballater
Type: Castles
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I partly, and reluctantly, agree with the reviewer of July 17th. He states that you can only view one room. The manager's response was that the assertion is a false statement because visitors can also enjoy exhibits in the stables and stroll around the grounds etc. Fair enough but strictly speaking horses and gardens do not live in rooms. The... More

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Barrie, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Was cool to be so close to the royals (no, they weren't in residence). Although you only get to see a very small part of the actual castle, you can tour around the grounds. The sunken garden, down to the river and all around the outer buildings. Peaceful and tranquil - understandable why the royal family likes this place so... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Expected to spend a couple of hours here but were fortunate to visit on a hot and sunny day and spent the whole day looking at the gardens and enjoying the views. Lovely cafe/restaurant and the exhibitions were interesting. Visited many gardens and have never seen so many sweet peas as are growing at Balmoral. They are wonderful and their... More

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West Yorkshire
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The Palace is really lovely, you can only visit one room, would loved to have seen more but not to be. We used the wheelchair access, easy to go around. We managed to see some of the gardens but still lots more to see. We had lunch there, sat outside in the lovely sunshine. We had sandwiches and a cold... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Went there recently as keep passing it on our travels. Very interesting to see the historic pictures of the Royals over the years. Disappointing that you can only get into the Ballroom of the Castle, but the gardens are beautiful. Great photo from the lawn in front of the Castle-----totally spoiled by a White Van!!!!!!!!!! I'd like to know which... More

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Arboath, Scotland
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

I went there with my daughter as we were having a weekend break on Deeside, staying in Braemar. It was a nice day, with the weather staying fair. The castle was smaller than I thought it would be, but it was very pretty, with the shiny grey granite. It was good to see the private rose garden, which is overlooked... More

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Los Angeles, California
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364 helpful votes 364 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If I had known that you can only see one room I would not have driven so far. And there is nothing very interesting in the room! Lot's more interesting castles to visit, like Blair or Scone. I am sure the queen needs to pay her 1200 people that "serve" her so she needs to rip us off! What a... More

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Garrymarsden, Manager at Balmoral Castle, responded to this review

To help other visitors please note the following: 1. Balmoral states what is available for visitors to see on our web site, in our leaflet and on the signs outside the entrance. 2. You can only see one room is a false statement. At Balmoral we provide a number of exhibitions in the stable area, an audio guide, gardens, way... More

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
9 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We come late had no much time to look around.yes interesting but if you have to come only To visit this place ,it is very far away and very rural.castle itself not to much to see only the , So called ball room and a few ocjects ,11 pounds entree charge well i think it is enough.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The audio guide makes this an excellent tour some minor additions since last year. The exhibits are a must for Royalists but the grounds and Estate are worth the visit on their own. only access to the house is to the Ballroom where there is good display There are first rate lavatories and good Café with snacks and drinks Good... More

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited this attraction on the off chance whilst touring in the locality. Tickets were available at the gift shop at the gates. The shop manager was most helpful and polite and directed us to the shuttle that took us into the castle grounds. We hired an audio machine that introduced us to the history and features of the Castle... More

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