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Balmoral Castle

Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Ballater
Type: Castles, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
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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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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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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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

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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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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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Perth, Australia
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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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