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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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Lovely afternoon

Having planed to visit the area it was a must to visit. The grounds and the castle are in a great location. The audio guide you use on your way round is full of information and... read more

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having planed to visit the area it was a must to visit. The grounds and the castle are in a great location. The audio guide you use on your way round is full of information and also impute from the people who live and work on the estate and the local are , as well as rpthe background and history... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very well organised after the initial parking and getting ticket (no need to go to the Tourist Information Office). Walk over the bridge, purchase ticket, take a ride in the tractor trailer to the castle walk. See some of the exhibitions then have a walk around the gardens and vegetable patch, all of which are well worth seeing (also great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really loved our visit to Balmoral Castle . The estate is just stunning with the river Dee running through it and the giant Fir trees . Its a really relaxed visit you can stroll around the grounds freely . Good audio information about the building, the running of the estate and the community that live on the estate. Great cafe... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although the grounds are quite picturesque, and the castle is pleasing visually, save your money and skip this attraction!! It's very pricey (11.50 GBP) per adult, and we only got to actually visit the ballroom. It had some displays of dresses and other artifacts that were kind of interesting, but for the money, we expected to see more. WE DO... More 

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Caen, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nestled in the Caingorns it is easy to see why Queen Victoria loved her holidays in Balmoral. I was a little disappointed to not be able to visit the interior of the castle apart from the ballroom but it is supposed to be the private residence of the royal family. It was a rainy day and I would suddest trying... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well, we were not able to visit the castle innside, we basically saw the cinema part outside. Otherwise we saw the castle from the gardens outside, beautiful view... Also the fruit/vegetable garden was absolutly amusing, different plant sorts to go see. We had our own car, so we drove to the Castle, almost 1 hour from Aberdeen, but I noticed... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a place I have always wanted to visit and I was not disappointed. We visited as part of a coach tour. We each had hand held guide machines which were excellent and full of very interesting information. I loved the grounds, which are beautiful and so excellently maintained. I was disappointed that only the ballroom in the house... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So here's the thing. Queen Victoria on first visiting described Balmoral as 'a pretty little castle.' She subsequently bought it and the thousands of acres that went with it. Queen Victoria's adored Indian servant Abdul Karim, whom most of the white, elite courtiers hated due mostly to his colour and class, had a house built for him on the orders... More 

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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was nice to see in person the castle shown every year when the Queen and family are visiting in the summer. The grounds are very nice, and the tram ride was helpful for those with limited mobility. The only disappointing thing about the visit is the limited access to rooms inside the castle. We were only allowed in a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds, stunning setting and pretty castle.. Best of all was the audio tour that takes you through how the royals over the generations would live and use this castle .. Fascinating history. Loved the little stories and very privileged to be able to catch it since its only open 3 months a year! Apparently queen elizabeth is headed there... More 

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