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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very peaceful and elegant location near the River Dee but unfortunately could not visit as the Queen was in residence

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We happened to be driving in the area so thought would try and sneak a peek, given it is closed at this time of year. Safe to safe it's very hidden away and you can't see anything so don't bother driving past unless you happen to be in the area

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

You wouldn't dream that you can so easily feel a glimpse of a regular British Royal Family's summer/autumn holidays in Balmoral, Scotland. There is no glamorous setup but a high end typical Family holiday scene with it's closeness to nature. What a surprising gem which is so easily accessible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited just a few days before it closed for the Royal family's summer holiday. It was glorious there, every walk just beautiful, all the buildings in obvious use, a real living country estate. The personal tour recording were interesting. My son and hubby had a brilliant visit by the river while I watched the video in the ballroom. When... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

From Craigellachie across the moors where the heather was starting to bloom. We drove the wrong way on the estate and somehow came into the grounds proper before we found a staff member who lead us out. Expected to see some determined men with weapons gliding out of the bushes but we managed our retreat without disturbing Queen Elisabeth, who... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I was in Balmoral the last weekend of August 2014. Nice place, excelent views of nature, deer running in woods next to the road, and a small village Crathie Kirk. There is a service every Sunday with a Queen and other members of royal family there. For everyone who is a royalist ;-) but not only

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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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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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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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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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