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Balmoral Castle

Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
+44 1339 742534
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Full-Day Balmoral Castle Tour from Aberdeen
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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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"audio tour"
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"open to the public"
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"grounds are beautiful"
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"gift shop"
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"royal residence"
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"limited access"
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"land rover"
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"queen victoria"
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"her majesty"
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"ticket office"
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"summer residence"
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"ball room"
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"holiday home"
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"private home"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Enjoyed visiting Balmorel and spent a relaxing morning visiting Craithie and then touring round the grounds. We enjoyed the audio commentary which came with the ticket and found everyone we met along the way to be most helpful. Only downside of the visit (and it...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The parking is a short walk across a bridge to the entrance. From the entrance to the castle you can either walk or take a little bus. It was a nice walk. We used the audio guide to take a tour around the grounds. It...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Visited here on the most glorious day, was so impressed by the friendliness of the staff, Balmoral is set in such beautiful grounds which are tended beautifully. It is easy to understand why Her Majesty loves it so much, a very calm and peaceful place...More

Thank Christine C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The castle and grounds are very beautiful. It is great to get to learn about the castle, history, and Royal family. We enjoyed our visit, but we wished we would have been able to see more of the inside. But understandable that we couldn't since...More

Thank Alison F
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I loved the area and the countryside and just driving through there was worth the effort. Some of the other local castles and buildings are gorgeous. I’d love to do a weekend in some of the accommodation. We needed disability assistance and that was just...More

Thank cathnsw
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Garrymarsden, Manager at Balmoral Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello and thank you for your review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Balmoral. Kind Regards Garry Marsden Visitor Enterprise Manager

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I guess when visiting this part of the world it has to be one of the places to visit - We were staying in Perth at the time and certainly the drive there was absolutely stunning - We enjoyed our visit you can certainly tell...More

Thank Tony M
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Garrymarsden, Manager at Balmoral Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello and many thanks for your lovely 4 star review. The reason only one room is open in the Castle is that Balmoral is the Scottish home to the British Royal family and the remainder of the Castle is Her Majesty's private residence. We do...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Balmoral Castle was not part of our original travel plans. We decided to squeeze it in while driving from Aberdeen to Tain. First, the drive to and from Balmoral is stunning. Second the castle’s grounds are a pleasant walk. The audio guides are a great...More

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Garrymarsden, Manager at Balmoral Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello and thank you for your lovely 4 star review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit to this very special place. Kind Regards Garry Marsden Visitor Enterprise Manager

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have to agree with some of the other bad reviews of this castle. While we have visited several of the other Royal Trust locations and Queen's homes, for the money, this was limited. Why charge at all to see the inside (one room) Just...More

Thank Dorosel
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Garrymarsden, Manager at Balmoral Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello and many thanks for your review. The reason only one room is open in the Castle is that Balmoral is the Scottish home to the British Royal family and the remainder of the Castle is Her Majesty's private residence. We do state this in...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a good place to spend the afternoon on a nice sunny day,We spent around 3 hours here There's a good sized car park and coach park where you can park a motorhome if needed we took the trolley bus to the castle and walked...More

Thank christine h
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Garrymarsden, Manager at Balmoral Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello and many thanks for your lovely 5 star review. I am glad that you had an enjoyable day. I wonder reading your comments if you were not able to make use of the Audio Guide which is included in your admission ? Kind Regards...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took my Hearing dog with us on the tour. The car carried 6 adults quite comfortably. Our Ranger was very informative and stopped at various points to explain and allow photographs to be taken and made sure we had completed taking them before moving...More

Thank 361MargaretB
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Garrymarsden, Manager at Balmoral Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello and many thanks for your lovely review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your Safari, it really is the best way to see the estate. Kind Regards Garry Marsden Visitor Enterprise Manager

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Theresa B
May 22, 2018|
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Response from Amanda B | Reviewed this property |
If you park by Crathie church you can walk over the bridge to the gatehouse but you can't see the house from here as it is up a drive way. Hope this helps.
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May 12, 2018|
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Response from clive g | Reviewed this property |
It is not possible to see Balmoral Castle from the road, bridge or car park. You could try swimming across a very fast flowing river with rapids but wouldn't recommend it!!!! The entrance fee is a little expensive for just... More
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April 28, 2018|
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Response from B F | Reviewed this property |
Ours was a Winter Tour so quite quiet, but we still booked online in advance as we had a wheelchair. This enabled us to follow the trailer (taking mobile people up to the Castle) in our own car, and help with the wheelchair... More
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