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Balmoral Castle

Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
+44 1339 742534
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The Queen's summer place.

Avoid visiting the Castle in August. Tourists are not allowed near the Castle. But do visit... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
nerissaguest
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Canton, Georgia
Wonderful setting

We have visited a number of times and always enjoyed. The gardens are beautiful and although there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helen R
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 5 days 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We went on the last day they were open so expected it to be manic but it was great. Wandered around, had tea in the cafe and admired the grounds and public area. We even saw a red squirrel!!!

Thank AngelaBrown398
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The Balmoral castle is located on a huge estate, very impressive as you get closer. Unfortunately, because the castle is still used, the actual tour is very limited. Nice but not amazing.

Thank VincentP_zz
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Chris92680
13 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
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CCTraveler2015
11 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.
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keep0ntravelin
24 February 2017|
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Response from Garrymarsden | Property representative |
Hi, Sorry, no, Prince Albert designed the Castle well and it is not from the road.
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