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Balmoral Castle

Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen and all monarchs since Victoria.

Balmoral, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB

Balmoral Estate, Scotland

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Free for members
Facilities
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
Accessibility
  • Hearing loops
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible parking
  • Sign language guides/videos
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

The foundation stone for Balmoral Castle was laid by Queen Victoria on 28th September 1853 and can be found at the foot of the wall adjacent to the West face of the entrance porch.

Before the foundation stone was placed in position Queen Victoria signed a parchment recording the date. This parchment, together with an example of each of the current coins of the realm, was then placed in a bottle, inserted into a cavity below the site prepared for the stone.

The Castle was completed in 1856 and the old building was then demolished. This building is commemorated by a stone which is located on the front lawn at a point opposite the tower and about 100 yards from the path. This stone marks the position of the front door to the demolished castle.

Opening Times

1 April to 2 August 2022, 10am to 5pm.

Free to visit as a Historic Houses member.

Great Hall closed when the Queen is in residence.

During August, September and early October the grounds, gardens, exhibitions and restaurant are closed to the Public.

However the Main Gate Gift Shop, Coffee Pod and Post Office are open daily.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free but need to book, including for Winter Tours.

Members should email info@balmoralcastle.com giving the following details: name and address, mobile number, e-mail address and Historic Houses membership number.

Initially we will release tickets through to mid-May and will then update after the Government announcements have been confirmed.

Adults: £12.00
Seniors/Students: £11.00
Children (5 to 16 years): £6.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children): £33.00

Parking costs £5.

Group Visits

The group admission charge is available for groups of ten people or more.

If you advise the date and approximate arrival time of your visit  we can make arrangements for your coach to park by the Estates Office.

For further informaion please contact us by email on info@balmoralcastle.com or by telephone 01339 742534.

Accessibility
  • Hearing loops
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible parking
  • Sign language guides/videos
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

When Queen Victoria died in 1901 Balmoral Estates passed, under the terms of her will, to King Edward VII, and from him to each of his successors. Balmoral Estates has been more than just a favourite home to successive generations of the Royal Family.

Although it remains largely the same as it was in Queen Victoria’s reign, successive Royal owners have followed the initiative of Prince Albert in making improvements to the estate. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales take a close personal interest in running and improving the Estates.

Balmoral Estate, Scotland

The Queen plants a tree for the Jubilee at Balmoral

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