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Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-974-2534

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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Definitely worth stopping to see this place. They have lovely grounds and while only a small fraction of the castle is open to the public for obvious reasons I still enjoyed the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Calgary, Canada
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Placentia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although only one room in the castle is available for viewing, the inside exhibit is interesting and there is lots to see on the grounds. Take the 3 hour Safari Tour to hear many interesting stories about Royal Family life at Balmoral Castle. Who knew that Prince Phillip likes to BBQ, or that Queen Elizabeth likes to visit the gift... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If your kids are quite happy running around fields and small forests you are sorted. If not I wouldn't advise bringing them here as there isn't any play areas to cater for the little mites. Even as an adult it was a let down as the only part of the castle you are allowed in was the small ballroom. Apart... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely worth stopping to see this place. They have lovely grounds and while only a small fraction of the castle is open to the public for obvious reasons I still enjoyed the visit.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were unfortunately 2 days late but were aware of this. The gift shop was open though and the Lady working there mentioned that we could visit the Church up on the hillside. After a short pleasant walk we entered the Church and were impressed at how well kept it was and seen the pews were the Royal family sat... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I think everybody is visiting first as is known as royal family property. For this you have to visit when they are not here ( not open - 10 weeks/year, mainly August and September). From the palace you can visit only the ballroom, which is not amazing, as the palace on outside. But the gardens are really beautiful and is... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked around the grounds (and don't forget the river walk, as it was one of the best bits) on a grand spring day. Best to get there early, as there are bus loads of visitors as the morning goes on. Only saw one room in the castle, but we prefer outside anyway! Excellent value with an Itison voucher. Highly recommend.

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Balmoral Castle & Gardens on a beautiful sunny day in late July. After parking at the car park right off the A93, you walk across the River Dee on a pretty bridge to a gatehouse where you can buy your tickets. You can then walk up to the castle itself or ride in an open-air wagon pulled by... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I booked tickets on line…glad we did. Although one does not get to see the entire castle, what we saw was worth it. Actually I came for the landscape and gardens which were beautiful. One could spend hours walking the estate. We saw children participating in a birding workshop with an owl, falcon and eagle. A very... More 

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the 3 hour tour of the grounds in the Land Rover discovery with 4 other people our guid and drive was Sandy and he did a marvellous job of showing us the sights of the wonderful estate. We had a few stops to take in various notable buildings and and views along the way. We room it own... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Balmoral Castle and the surrounding area of Crathie, Ballater and Braemar are an outstanding area home to vibrant communities and striking natural and man-made landscapes. The are some lovely walks around the castle grounds, you can walk up into the hills beyond the castle for a striking view from above. The river Dee is accessible and there is a nice... More 

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