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Balmoral Castle, Ballater

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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. To visit Balmoral Castle and other attractions in Ballater, use our Ballater online tour itinerary planner.
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  • Really enjoyed looking around the Balmoral Castle - though it is only the grounds and the ballroom you get to see. Good audio tour with well signposted stops. Tour takes you around everything, but... 
    Really enjoyed looking around the Balmoral Castle - though it is only the grounds and the ballroom you get to see. Good audio tour with well signposted stops. Tour takes you around everything, but...  more »
  • The stunning castle exterior and the grounds are very impressive and worth seeing. But the overall experience is disappointing. One doesn't get a single look inside the castle even though the Queen... 
    The stunning castle exterior and the grounds are very impressive and worth seeing. But the overall experience is disappointing. One doesn't get a single look inside the castle even though the Queen...  more »
  • The walks in the grounds were well way marked and very picturesque. Only one problem was that the maps with the routes were on signs on route and not handed out with the audio tour maps. We ended up.....  more
    The walks in the grounds were well way marked and very picturesque. Only one problem was that the maps with the routes were on signs on route and not handed out with the audio tour maps. We ended up.....  more »
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  • We had a lovely morning exploring Balmoral castle. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful. Gave lots of information on getting the most out of your visit. It is mostly a walk around the grounds. The only inside room open to the public is the ballroom. It does say this on the website but we were disappointed. You get given an audio tool at the start and then at various numbered spots can listen to information and staff talking about life at the castle. This is really interesting and without it, the visit would really be just a walkabout!!! There was also a good map to follow. The cafe served a variety of drinks and snacks only, cake and sandwiches etc. There were toilets in the same building that were very clean. There is a big shop!! Big range of things on sale in all price ranges!! I did get a good feeling that the staff wanted you to enjoy your visit. Very friendly and couldn't do more to help.
  • I enjoyed this place. The ticket costs £15pp which includes a detailed map and a very informative audio tour. Garden and wood places are nice for walking. Can't explore inside the Castle building except for the ballroom. It took 90 minutes to explore the area. I strongly recommend buying tickets in advance.
  • As a disabled person, you can drive straight up to the gift shop and park outside. You have full access to the grounds most are available by wheelchair. You must book prior to your visit. There is a lovely coffee shop with sandwiches and cakes. Toilet by coffee shop. Beautiful views.
  • We where in the area staying at Ballater and decided last minute to pop to Balmoral Castle. It’s about £15pp to enter the grounds. Oh. Also £5 to park the car all day just a minutes walk from the entrance. Lots of beautiful walks through the estate and the castle is wonderful. You are only allowed into one room of the castle as it’s the queens personal residence. There was a lovely display in there made up of about 2000 floating glass salmon ( had been on display at the Glasgow climate change conference prior) and some information about the estate. I found it quite interesting. There’s also a coffee shop and gift shop both nicely stocked. All round well worth a visit. Shame the queen didn’t invite us up for afternoon tea 😉
  • A very disappointing experience with only one room (Ballroom) open which you actually enter via the ‘trades entrance’ so you have absolutely no access to any other room in the castle. If you are happy to pay £15 per person plus £5 for parking to walk around the grounds then you won’t be disappointed...don’t forget your umbrella!

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