- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)
Venue type: Outdoor
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!
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
Getting There and Contact Information
The Estates Office, Balmoral Estates, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB, Scotland
Click here to visit Balmoral Castle's website
01339 742 534
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
25th March through 31st July
10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
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.