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“Queen for a day!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle
Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
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Ranked #8 of 12 attractions in Ballater
Type: Castles
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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“Queen for a day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Visiting the Balmoral estate is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. We arrived at lunchtime and headed straight for the cafe which was very clean and food was excellent. They also have a nice gift shop. Audio tour is interesting and concise and is included in the overall ticket price which was excellent value for money. The grounds are lovely and it's nice to get a glimpse inside the castle. I have to add that the staff were exceptionally polite and friendly. I noticed that dogs are welcome in the grounds too and you can walk along by the river as well as wander the grounds. They also had mobility scooters available too.

Visited April 2013
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“One really enjoyed oneself”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Very friendly staff from start to finish. Good value for a family ticket. We spent about 3 hours wandering around and doing the audio tour (for which no extra charge). Kids did the quiz as we did the audio tour. Lovely walk back along the river at the end. Overall it was a fantastic place to visit whether you are a royalist or not.

Visited April 2013
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“Excellent visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Wel organised from beginning to end. You have audio tape to listen to and follow an easy map around the gardens and buildings. We visited on a really cold day but the sun was shining and the scenery was beautiful.

Visited March 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Breath taking scenery.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Would have been nice to be allowed inside to see some of the castle, but were only allowed inside ballroom which was nice to see.

Visited April 2013
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“You Don't See Many Rooms, but A Lovely Spot.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Visited with lots of snow on the ground. Balmoral is administered and tended without anyone stinting on anything. Got a real feeling of the working of the place and the pride the staff have over their part in running the Queen's highland retreat. Inside the castle you only get to see the ballroom, but taken in the round this is well worth a visit. Reassuringly traditional.

Visited March 2013
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