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Balmoral Castle

  • Ballater
  • Outdoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Castles and Palaces

Attraction Information

The Balmoral Castle Estate extends to just over 50,000 acres of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland and of course the beautiful River Dee is nearby. Its terrific territory for exploration at any time of year, but access is particularly simple during the spring and summer months, after which the Royal Family is often in residence and finding times you're permitted to visit becomes harder - though far from impossible!

Over the past 150 years careful stewardship by the owners, The Royal Family, has preserved the wildlife, scenery and architecture here which is available for all generations to enjoy. The new Ballroom exhibit for 2015 has introduced the charming history of Childhood At Balmoral through the ages, including memorabilia like Queen Elizabeth's little watering can and wonderful stories about the monarchy to touch the heart of every family and remind us all that they are people very much like everyone else and that all children are just that!

The guided tour lasts approximately one hour and afterwards you can visit the gift shop and enjoy tea or coffee with shortbread. A bit more exciting, The Safari Tour takes you through the manicured parkland and gardens ahead of Balmoral Castle through the Estate farm and into the old Caledonian Pine Forest!

Opening hours

25th March through 31st July

10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:30)


Adults: £11.50

Seniors / Students: £10.50

Children (5 to 16 years): £5.00

Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children): £28.50

All admission charges include parking.

Travel & Contact Information


The Estates Office, Balmoral Estates, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB, Scotland

Phone number

01339 742 534



Click here to visit Balmoral Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Balmoral Castle has not told us about their parking.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Balmoral Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Balmoral Castle has not told us about their dining options.

No, Balmoral Castle is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Balmoral Castle have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Balmoral Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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