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Address: Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
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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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Historic Balmoral worth a visit

Always try and drop in at the Castle when staying at Hilton Craigendarroch. Well worth a walk in the extensive grounds with plenty to see such as cottage built by Queen Victoria... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 15, 2016
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came here and thoroughly enjoyed it After being driven up to the castle grounds there was a bird of prey display The. We walked around the grounds, during the time there we saw the royals cars being delivered, they came off trucks and we took some pictures. It is limited in what parts of the castle you're allowed in... More 

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning location x wonderful countryside with meandering rivers x Stopped in Ballater before heading to the castle which was picturesque with a beautiful church at its centre. The castle itself was well worth the journey x Fantastic grounds to walk through and all very well organised. Would definitely return x

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St Paul, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss a tour to Balmoral Castle. The tour is excellent and includes the castle and a walking tour of the grounds. Great to see how the history is preserved while it is still used as the Queen's get-away. We saw many families spread a blanket on the lawn for a picnic. The gardens were fantastic and change-out based on... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed walking on the grounds much more than the tour inside but it is all included, so I guess its ok. We also enjoyed the walk down by the river as we were heading out the property.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

With not every much open in winter, it was great to visit Balmoral Castle for a winter tour designed to accommodate the weather. The guides were friendly and very informative. Generally a very relaxed tour with a nice story or two woven in. More tours should be like this.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

Always try and drop in at the Castle when staying at Hilton Craigendarroch. Well worth a walk in the extensive grounds with plenty to see such as cottage built by Queen Victoria for John Brown and much more. If castle is open take a tour. The castle cafe and shop are welcoming as well. PS the nearby Lochnagar Distillery is... More 

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Visited Balmoral several times in the past, but always in the summer months. Lucky enough to be there this time when the castle and grounds are open on a few days only for guided tours. This was also the only day when the shop was open for 25% off day. What a wonderful opportunity to bag some special and more... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

We visited on a warm autumns day and could enjoy the grounds. The castle had a few rooms that were open and interesting to see. A must visit if in the area, but nothing exceptional. It can all be viewed in a matter of hours, but would suggest visiting on a day when you can enjoy the grounds. The tea... More 

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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

A very cold day and much of the tour was outdoors but we were well wrapped up so it was not a problem. The whole visit was interesting and enjoyable, from the film and outside tour to the ballroom etc and made more so by the 2 lady guides who took time to explain and answered many questions from our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

As a family with two boys aged 10 and 14, we love visiting Balmoral and did so twice in July. Tickets are very reasonably priced and you get them from the gift shop outside the gates. From there you can either walk a pleasant 10 minutes to the castle or else take the free bus that runs regularly. If a... More 

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