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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  • August 18, 2017
    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!!!  more »
  • August 12, 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.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I'm not sure what I expected except a home for a current queen. Balmoral Castle seems small because most of it is closed off from the public. To be sure, the grounds are beautiful (see pic), but the p...  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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