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“Brilliant day out”
Review of Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle
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$65.54*
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Full-Day Balmoral Castle Tour from Aberdeen
Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Ballater
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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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The grounds were lovely and well presented, the house you can only see one room which is a little bit of a disappointment would have liked to see more but can understand why, as this is a holiday home for the royal family and We can see why.

Thank Charlotte H
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

My family and I visited Balmoral Castle on Sunday 21st July.
What a disappoinment!
The family ticket was £27.50, this included an audio guide. [reasonable price , or so we thought]
We walked up to the castle and collected the audio guide. Deposit of £20 required. My children also completed the Coronation quiz [kids can complete this on the way around the grounds]
The audio guide leads you around various parts of the castle, outside you can see a stable block with some pictures and some equipment, next is a an old carriage house which now contains a video of the Coronation and all the Queen's Christmas cards, some animals you might find in the Cairngorms, a plastic horse which shows how the " game" is brought back to the castle on panniers [large baskets on either side of the horse!]
After that you can view the outside of a building where deer are smoked!
The cottage garden was lovely to look at but we saw a lot more at Culzean Castle.
When we finally made it to the castle there was only ONE room to view.
The ballroom and had some of the Queen's dresses on show, an old pram and some silverware. There were some Lanseer paintings of animals and a picture board with some photographs of the rooms WE DID NOT SEE on it. Pictures were dated 1983!
The ballroom had an old video playing of the Queen and other members of the Royal family at Balmoral. John Major was the Prime minister on the video and Prince William looked to be about 10 years old!
We did try the Cafe for lunch, the princely sum of nearly £20 for juice and scones was paid.
We are British and Royalists but we felt angry and sad that tourists are paying to see this poor display .
Please Balmoral, take a good look at what you are showing tourists and update the films and information boards etc
Please can we see more rooms rather than just the Ballroom!
,My kids said they preferred the ruins at Doune Castle. Does that not tell you everything!

3  Thank ANYA2001
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Most of what you will see at Balmoral is outside, so if your idea of a castle visit is lots of rooms and suits of armour then it's not the place for you. Balmoral is the Scottish home to the British Royal Family and because they still use it the public can only see the ballroom on the inside of the castle. Entry to the main part of the castle is not possible and visitors should be aware of this before buying their tickets.

Car parking is available, but a fee must be paid.

At the stables exhibition area you may hire an incredibly simple to use audio guide to help you learn all about Balmoral and the secrets of this wonderful estate. The guides are available in a number of languages. There is also a short video to see as well. The audio tour encompasses the grounds and gardens, the Ballroom exhibition, Garden Cottage and the stables exhibition area.

Balmoral is very much an outdoor visitor attraction and if you like rambling, or visiting gardens it's worthwhile. Dogs are welcome on a lead in the grounds but guide dogs only are allowed in the buildings. The grounds and all exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair and battericars and wheelchairs are available to loan, which make the going easier for those with walking difficulties.

I enjoyed my recent visit to Balmoral, but then the weather was warm and sunny, so being outside was very pleasant. In wet weather some would find it hard to deal with.

1  Thank Bubbles73uk
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Spent a couple of hours here on a glorious day and took the audio tour. Really loved it. The gardens are stunning and the castle is very grand.

Thank ColandKaz
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We visited the castle in May 2013 and really enjoyed the grounds and flowers but not seeing more of the inside of the castle was a bit of a disappointment. Visitors are only allowed in one room. Being allowed to glance inside the front door would be really nice. The outside of the castle is very impressive. We enjoyed our time there anyway.

Thank CWCrick
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