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Balmoral Castle

Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
44-133-974-2534
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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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Knoxville
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went to Balmoral Castle with the idea of actually seeing it. But alas, the Queen was in residence. The Castle was closed as of August 1, 2014. We arrived on August 7, 2014. But as luck would have it the Queen came out to inspect her Honor Guard. It was quite a sight even for a person descended from... More

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Wilmer, Alabama, United States
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27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a fabulous castle that is near the Royal Dee River In Aberdeenshire . It is a vacation home of the Queen and Royal Family. The grounds are immaculate and the gardens are manicured to perfection. The garden is magnificent with its fruits and vegetables that are second to none. It is a lush environment with assortments of flowering... More

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East Sussex
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Just before the Queen took residence, we had a morning in Balmoral Castle. For any royalist, a must-do: well laid-out information and exhibitions, including lovely collection of the Royal Family's Christmas cards ('Sorry for the round robin, but been a bit busy this year. Charles had been doing awfully well... fell of his polo pony a couple of times and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We went to Balmoral for a walk and to see the scenery, rather than for the castle. The drive from Aberlour was absolutely stunning - couldn't recommend it more. Once in Balmoral (after briefly glimpsing the royals going to church), we walked up and around the memorial cairns on the surrounding hills. The paths were secluded, and one offered wonderful... More

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Kfar Saba, HaMerkaz, Israel
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Very nice castle, and tour. Staff answering each question with pleasure. Wonderful I-Spy for the kids to keep busy. Can definately recommend it.

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New Smyrna, FL
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were staying near Loch Ness and decided on a day trip to the Castle. Two-plus hours of travel each way, some of which was on very tiny roads. And it was definitely worth the effort. The grounds are beautiful. The audio tour is excellent. The Castle looks much better than its pictures. The staff are all delightful. We loved... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We enjoyed a lovely visit to Balmoral. The staff were friendly and helpful - excellent customer service from all the staff. Interesting audio tour included in the entry price. Dogs welcomed (except in the ballroom unless carried). Stunning walks around the park. Loved our visit and wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Hope we can go back.

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Lambertville, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

In my dreams, I would love to vacation here each August too! Beautiful Castle and gorgeous gardens surrounding the place make for a wonderful visit. Only the Ballroom inside was open to the public which was of moderate size but royally furnished. The gardens were glorious, especially the cutting gardens where the flowers are nurtured for cutting and placement in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

What an amazing location I now realise why this is the Queens favourite country retreat. Plenty of parking near the location and only a short walk to the entrance. You are then take by transport to the start of the tour where there are a series of explanatory displays ans films about the estate. People with walking difficulties are loaned... More

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Delray Beach, Florida
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A place for the royals to kick back and relax. You won't get to go inside, but the grounds are pretty, and the audio tour is informative, if a bit dry. I liked the exhibition which included some charming shots of the Queen and Prince Phillip with the kids in the early years. Gardens are nice, but the gardens at... More

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