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Balmoral Castle, Ballater

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#2 of 35 in Historic Sites in Aberdeenshire
Castle Tourist Spot
Visit the grounds, gardens, and ballroom of the royal family's holiday retreat at Balmoral Castle. Take the rare opportunity to see original pieces of fine art and treasures, which normally reside within the private rooms of the Castle. Take an audio tour through the gardens and exhibitions inside the stable block. Take one of the waymarked trails along the river or up to a hillside view, and walk in the footsteps of the royals. Using our custom trip planner, Ballater attractions like Balmoral Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Worth a visit and also amazed that dog's are allowed. Just a little disappointed that only the ballroom was accessible. Lots of displays about the Royal family about. We went on a rainy day and still ...  more »
  • For the price you pay to get in there and to only be able to go into one room in the castle and then not to be able to take any pictures was a let down. Yes, the grounds and gardens were gorgeous whic...  more »
  • We knew ahead this would be primarily a Grounds Tour, so we planned a walk and lunch in the Tea Room. All was lovely and as expected, except for the walk along the Dee River. Rather than all the Royal...  more »
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  • The staff are stiff and unfriendly, especially towards children. It's way over priced. Not historically that interesting, unless you are a starry-eyed royalist. Nothing very interesting inside the castle (a plastic model of the crown in a box!). Poorly-maintained buildings. Gardens are not impressive at all. I suspect that the very high entrance fee goes into the royal pocket and not towards the property. Go to any National Trust property instead. Way cheaper, much more interesting and better maintained properties. Also national trust have much more kid-friendly and nicer staff.
  • Before anyone travels a long way to see this property, there is only one room available to see. Just the grounds outside are freely available.
  • Attractive castle, though not much to see inside, other than the ballroom, which was underwhelming. But the surrounds are lovely and worth a walk around if you're in the area.
  • Visited for RunBalmoral 15mile run. Beautiful, well maintained estate. Good parking.
  • Beautiful grounds, wonderful gift shop. The tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeable.

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