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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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How the other half spends their Scottish holidays!

The time to visit Balmoral is in August but that is when the Royal family retakes ownership of the place. The gardens and even the vegetables are timed for the August arrival! So... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We visited Balmoral on Mother's Day while on holiday in Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed it. The grounds are beautiful and there are trails for families to walk. The café had delicious scones! Great Day!

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Creswell
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A very disappointing visit. It was a cold and wet day in May. We had previously visited Scone Palace and Glamis Castle, and had been very impressed with the visits. Each one lasted around two hours. Balmoral was priced at about the same amount, yet we were finished in an hour. You can pick up a an audio guide, and... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The time to visit Balmoral is in August but that is when the Royal family retakes ownership of the place. The gardens and even the vegetables are timed for the August arrival! So I guess our visit in May was a little way off the place at its best but it was still worth a visit and a chance to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Not a cheap venue to visit but the grounds are beautifully tendered. The structure of the visit with headsets guiding visiters around the Estate is very well organised. If you don't want to walk down the long road to the Castle buildings a bus runs every 10 minutes. The shop and cafe are well stocked. We visited in May when... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a fantastic house in immaculate grounds. It was a beautiful sunny day when we visited and walked around the whole place. The only disappointing thing was you couldn't go inside the castle apart from the ball room at the back. All the windows were covered so you couldn't even peek in. The grounds are beautiful and you can just... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

At £11 for an adult it was such a disappointment in that, apart from the gardens ,shop,tearoom/restaurant and a few displays in the courtyard the only part of Balmoral you will actually see is the outside and the ballroom(albeit, it has some exhibition cabinets which mainly consist of childrens toys).Very disappointing for tourists who think they may get a peek... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Even on a rainy spring day, the grounds are beautiful, especially with daffodils in bloom. We knew the interior of the castle cannot be visited, but still would have enjoyed seeing more than the ballroom. The scones served in the cafeteria are delicious!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Fun to see where some of the Royals grew up, and hang out in the summer. It is a very pretty location set on pretty grounds in the midst of the ruggedly beautiful highlands. However, the listening tour is quite boring and not executed well in comparison to other electronic listening tours that I have experienced elsewhere. Nonetheless it is... More 

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Norwich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

had an enjoyable two hours at the Queen's residence in Scotland. Saw my first ever red squirrel in the grounds so that was a bonus. Shame only the ballroom open to visitors but still a worthwhile visit. Interesting to learn that the garden's produce are all timed to be ready in early August when the owner arrives!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We really enjoyed visiting Balmoral Castle, and we're amazed by previous complaints (on Trip Advisor) that there are not enough rooms open to visitors. We didn't expect the Queen of England (indeed the British Commonwealth) to allow the public unlimited access to her private domain, and we appreciated the opportunity to visit such an historic site. Balmoral Castle is well... More 

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