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Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534
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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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Not Much of the Inside but a Must See

We were disappointed in only being able to see the ballroom inside the castle but the grounds were magnificent. Be sure to go to the gardens, and walk the grounds. It gives a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Balmoral is the vacation home of the Royal Family, and was originally purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria. The grounds were well manicured when we visited in June, I can only imagine how they would look during flower season. The only room open to the public was the ballroom, which was a disappointment. But understandable. This was a very... More 

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Dundee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited Balmoral on a miserable showery day and the only good things I can say about this place is that the coffee was good in the cafe and the grounds are very well kept . The only room the public are allowed to enter , is the ballroom . There is a cottage in the grounds you can look... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We were disappointed in only being able to see the ballroom inside the castle but the grounds were magnificent. Be sure to go to the gardens, and walk the grounds. It gives a view into the lives of the luckiest people in the birth canal lottery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited Balmoral and fully expected that either all we would see would be the gardens or one of us would go in while the other sat outside. We were surprised to be told that the dog could go into all of the exhibitions and the only proviso was that she was carried while we were in the ballroom. May... More 

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Having never visited this world famous attraction we decided to explore. We were very impressed from the minute we parked the car and went to the ticket office.There was a very freindly greeting which is great given that there are visitors from all over the world and there is a little bus which will take you up to the start... More 

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vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

beautiful place to visit when you are in the area. lovely gardens with plenty of nice photo spots. more rooms should be opened to the public instead of only one hall

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Midlands UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

After a long and scary drive over the Cairngorms we were left wondering why we did it. The only internal room available was the scantily furnished ballroom. Most exhibits are photographs through the years of the Royal Family, nice but cheap to put on, not reflecting the admission fee. The stables contain vehicles and a video area again cheap to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Visited Balmoral with my elderly Mum. We were able to park near the castle and you can even hire a scooter to get around. I was disappointed that you could only get into the Great Hall and the sign post to find it were not great. Whilst there were excellent paths and various out buildings to see I felt there... More 

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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A very much understated presentation of a magnificent location where you can wander the grounds and appreciate the setting of the House. Only one room is open to visitors, the ballroom that is used as a display space about its royal occupants since Queen Victoria. The self-service restaurant with in and outdoor seating provides light meals and teas at reasonable... More 

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Adelaide
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A great take.Only the scanilty furnished ballroom is open of all the interior.The outside stables and videos are interesting.But the local church which is free is more interesting.The gardens at Balmoral are attractive–but we left wondering why we had decided to come and concluded it was disappointing

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Address: Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater

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