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Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534
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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small and not worth the effort

this so called castle was small and closed. But we looked around and it was very small and not worth our time upon return

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Hutto, Texas
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Definitely a must on any visit to Scotland. Well worth the effort to get there. Perfect visit with helpful staff. The self tour guide (audio) worked great.

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Hutto, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

this so called castle was small and closed. But we looked around and it was very small and not worth our time upon return

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Garrymarsden, Manager at Balmoral Castle, responded to this review

Balmoral opens to visitors on April 1st 2015 so I find it a little difficult to see how you can review us while closed? More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Visited the castle back in April of 2014. This was high on my list of attractions to see while touring Scotland. The Good: The grounds and gardens are gorgeous. Even on a cold and windy April day, the walk was spectacular. There are other structures on the property and I especially liked the gardener's cottage. Nice café and gift shop.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Although, it is a few hours off the beaten path, the drive is simply spectacular to this castle. The interior tour ( a single ballroom ) was shockingly limited, yet the grounds are unique. Many trails wonder across the grounds (1-4 Kilometers each) and through the gardens that make this a very pleasant experience. The history of Balmoral is well... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The castles was closed to the public however the reason for this review is to let people know about the availability of being able to park up on the car park your motor home overnight in designated bays for a few pounds. Obviously there are no facilities but it makes a good stop over point for visiting the castle, church... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We have been in the spring and winter around the castle. Go in the summer, lovely walks, history and views around the queens holiday home. X

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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Balmoral is the summer home of the Royal Family. We were lucky to tour in early July just before the Queen was due for her summer holiday so the grounds were looking their best with lots of flowers in bloom. You purchase your tickets at the gate house and are driven by tram to the visitor center to pick up... More 

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Houston, Texas
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Check the calendar as it is open limtied dates. You may want to plan your entire trip around availability of this site. Even more enjoyable if you are a fan of the royal family. Stunning views and history too. The audit tour is first rate with tons of information. Best time to see it is right before the queen's arrival... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We actually seen the Queen as she was leaving for lunch. Lovely distillery at the top of the hill, a must if you enjoy whiskey .

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Aurora, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We visited in late July, presumably not long before the Queen's arrival. It's quite a pleasant spot with the gardens in top form. It was nice to walk around relatively freely throughout the grounds of the castle. Even after closing, we handed in our audio guides and were still allowed to walk around without a big rush. This was a... More 

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