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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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Visited for the Antiques Roadshow

Went with a friend to the antiques roadshow. What a great day we had! Went to the cafe for a coffee/tea. Was good and well priced. We visited the gift shop and found things were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
sue b
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went with a friend to the antiques roadshow. What a great day we had! Went to the cafe for a coffee/tea. Was good and well priced. We visited the gift shop and found things were much cheaper than we thought they would be. You can only tour the grand ballroom and grounds but it is still full of history. The... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a Winter Tour and different to a standard visit. We drove into the grounds and started with a presentation and then were shown around some of the grounds and a couple of rooms. If that was the end of the visit we would have been disappointed but we were allowed to walk around the estate by ourselves. The... More 

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glasgow united kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drive right up to the gate house , purchase tickets , and be prepared for a most enjoyable tour ! . the tour takes about an hour and our tour guide new her stuff ! . Your tour begins with a very informative video about our queens working estate and a small lecture about our flag , you are then... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited in the cold months and was warmed by the wonderful history, pictures and artifacts. Both the castle and the town were wonderful and fun for the entire family. sad to see the station burned though

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Balmoral was bought by Queen Victoria and Albert as a Highland retreat, an escape from public life. It is a beautiful Victorian castle built from granite set in the very heart of the Highlands. The scenery is breath taking. The weather is never guaranteed but a memorable visit is. The ballroom of the castle gives an insight into the life... More 

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Alix, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved visiting this castle and grounds. We were staying in Ballater at the time. Nice to take the time and walk around. Also, we visited the church in the village where the queen attends when she is in residence. Lovely.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This offers a unique opportunity to travel around the Balmoral estate. Our guide, John, was very informative and accommodating, stopping several times for photo opportunities. The tour offers the chance to see many of the estate's wildlife, as well as a number of dwellings which the Roylals frequent when in residence. The cost of the safari also includes a castle... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely loved our visit here. There was a building full of photos of all the Royal family, and made me realise how many special events I remembered myself. The history of Queen Victoria and Albert is such a lovely story, so was delighted to see Balmoral for myself. The whole area is gorgeous, and everyone we met in the area... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Iconic Scottish heritage site. must see if you have the time. We really enjoyed the hedge garden and the main chamber quarters visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

You will find Balmoral Castle near the village of Crathie, about 10 km west of Ballater and 11 km east of Braemar. The visit of the Queen brings a bit more interest to the Place. Since 1852, it has been one of the residence of the Royal Court, now part of Scottish heritage The Outside, with its multitude towers, look... More 

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