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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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Just another famous place on the list of things to do. You get to see a smidge inside, grounds are impressive. As with nearly everything in UK it is overpriced but I guess the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael M
Gold Coast, Australia
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Norridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle and grounds are absolutely gorgeous. We spent two days touring the grounds. We were even able to visit Queen Victoria's summer home on Lochnagar. Go in the summer when the garden is in full bloom.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just another famous place on the list of things to do. You get to see a smidge inside, grounds are impressive. As with nearly everything in UK it is overpriced but I guess the owner needs the money

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove on Sunday 19th Feb 2017 60 miles to view this Castle as i heard it was one of the best things to see in the national park and it was shut! Please check out if it is open before making the trip. The good points is the drive is fantastic and the air there is very refreshing. Did some... More 

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Peterhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Balmoral is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Scotland, with miles of beautiful walks and scenery. It always annoys me however that the price just to walk around the grounds is extortionate, and around £20pp without even entering the castle. Such a shame as would love to visit more often.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

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 31 January 2017

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 30 January 2017

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 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 15 December 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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