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“You can see why the Royal Family don't want to leave after holidays!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle
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Full-Day Balmoral Castle Tour from Aberdeen
Ranked #3 of 17 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.
Tenterfield, Australia
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“You can see why the Royal Family don't want to leave after holidays!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Even though you can only go into the ballroom in the castle, you have access to all the grounds and outbuildings. The vegetable gardens and formal gardens are beautiful, and the estate magnificent. There is an interesting display in the old stable block as well. It's easy to see why the royal family love to holiday at this estate. An audio guide is included with admission. It is probably a little expensive compared to some attractions, but still worth a visit. Make sure you leave time to visit the Royal Lochnagar Distillery which is right near the estate, and is the official whisky supplier to the Royals.

Visited June 2014
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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“enjoyable, but expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Decided to visit as I noticed a deal on entry price for this, Glamis Castle & Britannia. This was an enjoyable visit, only due to the fact that we enjoy taking photographs and there is plenty of opportunity for that. It is understandable that you can't view everything due to it being a royal house, but I found it quite an expensive day out. £11.00 ea for entry and then around £11.00 for two teas and cream scones. £35 for gardens and a drink, a tad too much of your on a budget.

Visited July 2014
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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“what a rip off”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

I went to Balmoral castle with my husband and son and spent £33 to get in - £11 per person. What a rip off. We were shocked that we only had access to one tiny room. It is definitely not worth it. We went to Crathie church and Scone Palace which were 100 times better and well worth the look.

Visited July 2014
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Banff, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

I got from my home in Sheffield to my home in Scotland 10x per year each time due to the distance 420 miles each way I always drive past the gate to Balmoral but I discided to stop on route over night to enable me to visit, first it's not a large place certainly bigger than most normal folks house, but it's great to be able to have a look around it, it's really nice family home haha but very enjoyable to see

Visited August 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Poor - DO NOT GO”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

£11 to get in to see 1 room.

Very very poor, ok the gardens are pretty. But 1 room, and a few bits and bobs to see eg photos. On the whole no way is it worth it.

Rip off. All going into the queens pockets no doubt. Go see scone palace or blair castle.

Scone palace is amazing

Visited July 2014
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