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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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Great gardens. Accessibility for obvious reasons very limited. Lovely experience. Great walks on the estate. Living home of Royal family.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Banchory, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden away by the River Dee this royal residence takes your breath away. Climb or go on horseback, walk, enjoy. History, charm, stunning scenery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great gardens. Accessibility for obvious reasons very limited. Lovely experience. Great walks on the estate. Living home of Royal family.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You don't really see much of the inside of the castle although the grounds are spectacular and the guides do have a well versed mix of history and anecdotes to share

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

There's not much to see at Balmoral Castle. You're mainly just allowed to walk the grounds, though there's one room at the end of the tour that you can see. Still, if you're royals obsessed it's a must to make a stop. Beautiful scenery, though the audio tour is a bit lame.

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Edinburg, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Beautiful surroundings and grounds. Enjoyed the garden and the exhibit in the Ballroom. It was interesting to see photos and video of the children playing on the grounds.

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Black Hawk, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

One of our stops during our visit to Scotland was to Balmoral, the royal palace in Scotland. This is where the late Queen Mother grew up. It was very interesting to get a view of how the "other half" lives. You only get to see a portion of the actual palace, but it is a fun visit. The old carriage... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 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 November 14, 2015

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 November 13, 2015 via mobile

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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