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Balmoral Castle


Balmoral Castle is normally open daily from the beginning of April, through May, June and July, and the grounds will be open on specific days during March, but these dates have not yet been confirmed at the time of writing.

Group visits can sometimes be arranged outside of that period if the Royal family are not in residence. Starting in 2023, access to the castle grounds will be allowed on certain dates from September to December.

Balmoral Estate has a very appealing location amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside and is located about midway between the villages of Braemar and Ballater. It is easy to understand why it became a favourite holiday retreat of the Royal family. Purchased by Prince Albert in 1852 for Queen Victoria, the Estate has been the Scottish holiday home of the Royal Family ever since.

The Castle itself has an interesting story, as it is not the original building that Prince Albert bought. It was decided that the old building was not adequate for the Royal Family’s needs so another one was built in the grounds nearby. The process took 4 years and the new Castle was completed in 1856. The old building was demolished, but the location of its front door is marked by a commemorative stone on the grounds of the estate.

Balmoral is a well-known tourist attraction in Scotland, however, we find it disappointing as very little of the Castle is accessible to the public apart from the Ballroom, which has been converted into a constant exhibition displaying pictures of the other rooms in the Castle.

The grounds are extensive and beautifully maintained, and the stables have a collection of Royal carriages and cars. There is an excellent tearoom and shop, but we wish that more of the castle interior was open to the public.

If you arrive after 4 pm, the admission fee is reduced.


Balmoral, Ballater, AB35 5TB. Tel: 013397 42534

Operated by:

Royal Residences

Opening Hours:

1st April until 2nd August, Daily 10 am to 5 pm (last admission 4 pm)
The Grounds, Gift Shop and Cafe will be open 10am - 4pm at various times throughout Sept - Dec. Consult the Balmoral Castle website for details.


Adult £ 15, Child £ 6, Family £ 39.95 (price is inclusive of Audio guide)




Audioguides in English, French, German, Italian (£5 refundable deposit)









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