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Balmoral Castle

Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
+44 1339 742534
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Beautiful location

Visited the castle for the first time this summer and found the grounds and overall setting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Springfield, Oregon
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A unique and privileged experience to this fabulous historic building and estate which is the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
+44 1339 742534
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the castle for the first time this summer and found the grounds and overall setting beautiful. While the castle portion of the tour is limited the ballroom is splendid. The location and the way the castle just seems to fit in with its surroundings...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A unique and privileged experience to this fabulous historic building and estate which is the private residence of her majesty the Queen. We found the tour to be fascinating even on a dreak day in November, the volunteer guides were very enthusiastic and knowledgable. The...More

Thank F2076TPkennethw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Avoid visiting the Castle in August. Tourists are not allowed near the Castle. But do visit Ballater in August, because the "Highland" is very very beautiful. The hills full of heather is spectacular and a must see.

Thank nerissaguest
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have visited a number of times and always enjoyed. The gardens are beautiful and although there is no entry to the Castle apart from the ballroom it sits so well in such a lovely setting.

Thank Helen R
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Nice memorial near front gate of those area dead from WWI. Lovely river over stones and a gorgeous view of the hills. There's only one room open to the public inside the castle. The grounds and the castle are lovely. While out front, one of...More

Thank RandyKasal
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Balmoral Castle is a lovely place to visit. You do not have access to a lot of the rooms but what you can see is really interesting. the grounds are lovely too.

Thank Lucydebra29
Reviewed 5 September 2017

You are very limited in what you can actual see inside the the castle - one room. It's a royal residence and owned by the Queen. The grounds are OK but there are so many other Castles to see in Scotland that would be pass...More

Thank Deborah195
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Without a doubt this castle is in one of the most beautiful settings I have ever been to. The heather looks like a purple carpet running across the landscape. The walks are wonderful and the whole area has a romantic feel.

Thank Barbados0506
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

The queen was there, so we could not.get a view,however the guards were friendly, and the location lovely and romantic.

1  Thank william g
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Great park. Location is so qiuet. But I expected little bit more exhibition and more room to visit. Plus is very good restaurant and giftshop.

Thank Marie C
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14 May 2017|
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Response from Soozy79 | Reviewed this property |
You'd have to be quite high up - it's surrounded by a large amount of woodland due to it being a royal residence. It's right in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park so you're not far from the mountain range there
12 March 2017|
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Response from Jim D | Reviewed this property |
I believe that the castle closes at the end of July to prepare for the annual holiday for HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. So do not arrange to visit in September.
25 February 2017|
Response from Garrymarsden | Property representative |
Hi, Sorry, no, Prince Albert designed the Castle well and it is not from the road.