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Reviewed December 12, 2018

The tour of Balmoral castle (which is not cheap) is overall a poor value for money.
The tour guides, however, are passionate and do their best, so their efforts are truly appreciated. Visitors do not actually have access to the castle, which is understandable as it is a functioning castle with living quarters and privacy should be respected. It should be clear, though, that the royals cannot have it both ways - charge fees for castle tour yet deny access to the castle. Considering that one must actually make an effort to get there, it is truly not a worthwhile experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
8  Thank petja d
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Reviewed November 19, 2018

If you have an interest in the Royal family, History or Castles, this is a must visit. You are free to walk the gardens which are massive and go into one small part of the castle. Loads of History here and very beautiful. Great for photographers also. We visited in the August,( however if the Royals are vacationing I'm not sure you can visit)
We hired a car and drove around the countryside.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Andrea K
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

We had such a lovely visit to Balmoral Castle. The audio guides were very nice to have and we enjoyed walking the grounds, even as it began to snow! Being from Texas and not seeing much snow, we were so excited about it! I loved the greenhouses and the gift shop was great. We bought a few things, had a cup of tea, and enjoyed the view of the snow coming down.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

I really wanted to give to give this 5 out of 5, but 4 it is I felt the tour fell a little short on others we have done within Aberdeenshire. £15 for the winter tour gives you a tour guide lasting about 60 mins, 60% is outside. You spend about 15 mins in an exhibit room with pictures and other items. You get to walk around the castle and only get to enter one room in the castle which is the ballroom. Clearly a private residence, so it is what it is.
I did enjoy our time, around 2.5 hours in total, walking the grounds, visiting the gardens and greenhouse, not much to see in the winter in the garden. A walk down to the river was nice. Overall, a good 2/3 hours. As said the tour fell a little short and when we listened in to another tour, we picked up a lot of info not shared on our tour.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

Our small walking group decided to visit Balmoral, and it surpassed our expectations. First, the price was reasonable and staff cordial. Second, the house and grounds were very pleasant and welcoming; I think we had feared it might be quite stuffy and restrictive. The small museum/gallery in the home was also interesting. The castle was not an opulent, immense and showy place; rather it was tasteful and nicely proportioned, and well represented the Royal family. The gardens were wonderful without being too fancy, and the deeply wooded and stream-side walking trails (we hiked 8 miles) were unforgettable ... charming and a bit haunting. A nearby unexpected bonus was the Lochnagar Distilery; the single malt here is fine indeed. And don’t miss a quick tour of the nearby small country church the Queen frequently attends when in the area.

Date of experience: July 2018
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