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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Felt completely ripped off. This visit is a waste of hard earned cash. Very poor value for money. All you're allowed to do is walk around the grounds surrounding the building. This should be free, for all you get to see... There's a small "museum" with pictures of the royals in the stables, the most utterly boring audio-guide to listen to during your walk around the unimpressive garden, and one small castle room to visit, with not much in it. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME Even a visit to McDonald's is more interesting than this. Although the castle is pretty I must say...
  • Lovely walks. Castle nice for photos. Can only get into the ballroom. Was a bird of prey event so we got to hold some fantastic owls.
  • We where so lucky. Saw the queen 2 times in her Range Rover going and coming from the the church. Beautiful gardens. Ballroom is nice, only place which accessible.
  • Really cool location in the middle of Cairngorms. Beautiful, primal, and rugged. Down rated one star due to a fairly lackluster self-guided tour.
  • 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.

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