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Balmoral Castle, Ballater

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. To visit Balmoral Castle and other attractions in Ballater, use our Ballater online tour itinerary planner.
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  • Our guide Sarah was very informative and knowledgeable, she gave the tour some life. Even allowing for the covid restrictions this was well worth visiting. Would recommend to anyone who would like a....  more »
  • Went on a tour last week , very well informed, the place is great to look around after your tour . If this was my place no way would I go back to London.  more »
  • This is our second visit to Balmoral, our first being a few years ago when it was a self guided tour with a head set. Yesterday we went on the guided tours they are offering at the moment, and we...  more »
  • Closed. Don't believe Google on opening times and dates. Check the website. Recommend this fit all national heritage sites. On s plus, the drive out there is pretty good. Some great country side
  • Me and a friend visited Her Majesty The Queen's Official Summer Scottish Residence that is, 'Balmoral Castle' in May 2019. :) Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Balmoral Castle and Estate has been the home of the UK Royal Family ever since, and is very impressive indeed. :) The whole Estate comprises some 50,000 acres of heather hills, pine forests, estate garden grounds and the lovely River Dee. Today the Royal Family have very carefully managed the Estate to provide the visitor with a very unique experience and insight into Royal Family Life here in Scotland. :) The Estate is approx. 50 miles from Aberdeen and is open daily, from 1st April until 31st July 2019. (10am until 5pm). Parking is free, and Disabled Persons Access is excellent throughout. As a Disabled Visitor, I was allowed to park my car at The Estate Office, right beside The Castle, and paid £10.50 for my ticket. :) I visited the lovely Castle Grounds, Gardens, The Ballroom with the Queen Victoria (200 years since her birth) Exhibition for 2019 and The Cafe and Gift Shop. :) Toilet Facilities Etc are also Excellent. As a final note, it should be said that my visit was really lovely and highly enjoyable and the actual setting of the Balmoral Castle is what really astounded me! Truly beautiful and spectacular Scottish scenery is on display here! :) In my opinion, a visit to Balmoral should not be missed! Enjoy! :)
  • Very nice to be able to tour the Queen's country home in Scotland. Not touristy. Stroll among the gardens, paths, woods of the Balmoral Estate.. The ballroom is also open to the public.. Not crowded.. Very peaceful.
  • I just read a article that her Majesty the Queen is treating her grandson Harry's beautiful wife Meagan a birthday get away here at Balmoral Castle , Her Majesty favorite place. I looked it up and found out it was in Scotland and very rich in history and simply gorgeous(one of my bucket list places to go is Scotland) and thought what a wonderful gift to give. Long live the Queen. The United Kingdom is so blessed to have a Her Majesty.
  • Great few hours spent wandering around the property and you can download the app to be able to get all the information on Balmoral Castle or for £5 you can get a head set. Amazing manicured lawn to beautiful vegetable gardens and a visit into the Exhibition Ballroom is pretty amazing as there is some great things to see.

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