Balmoral Castle & Estate

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle and Gardens In Royal Deeside

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When Queen Victoria first visited Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, on 8 September 1848, she noted that the house was ‘small but pretty’, and while there “All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils”
Today visitors go to Balmoral for those very same reasons.
A place of peace, calm and tranquility, there really is no better place to escape the rush of modern day life.
Balmoral is a large estate house in Royal Deeside and is owned by Queen Elizabeth 11

Balmoral has been one of the residences of the British Royal family since 1852, although Balmoral remains private property of the Queen and is not part of the Crown Estate.

The castle is an example of Scottish baronial architecture.

The Balmoral Estate has been added to by successive members of the royal family, and now covers an area of approximately 50,000 acres (20,000 ha).

It is a working estate, including grouse moors, forestry, and farmland, as well as managed herds of deer, Highland cattle and ponies.

Well known for it’s impressive front lawn, you may find laid in the ground a stone that marks the position of the front door of the earlier house, demolished in 1856.
The formal gardens and vegetable garden include a range of Victorian glasshouses and the conservatory, along with a water garden feature.
  • Adults £15.00
  • Child £6.00

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

In 2022 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and cafe will be open to the Public, daily from Tuesday 1st April until Tuesday 2nd August.

Opening times are from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. however please note that the last recommended admission is at 4.00 p.m.

After this time the Gate shop and tourist information centre remain open for the public.

Please note access to Balmoral Castle and its grounds are closed for The Royal Family’s summer holiday from August 2022

We recommend that you set aside at least one and a half hours for your visit to Balmoral. This will give you time to visit the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and the cafe.

Terms and conditions will be updated when known.

Northern Highlights Discounted Sightseeing Pass Offer:

Please note access to Balmoral Castle and its grounds are now closed for The Royal Family’s summer holiday from August 2022

Set in the stunning countryside of Royal Deeside, Belwade Farm is the Aberdeenshire home of World Horse Welfare. Belwade is a great place to discover the charity’s work first hand and spend a day with the family.

Belwade Farm is home to around 65 horses in need at any one time. Here they can undergo rehabilitation before finding loving new homes through World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme. Why not come and meet them and find out more about the work World Horse Welfare do to help the horses of today and tomorrow?

World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm, A93, Aboyne AB34 5BJ

Opening Hours
The Bistro & Visitor Centre are open all year Wednesday-Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, and admission is free.

Northern Highlights Pass Offer:

15% Off Horse Charity Tour with Scottish Afternoon Tea presented by World Horse Welfare

New for 2020!

Be welcomed along to Belwade Farm the Scottish home to World Horse Welfare.

You will be introduced the charity within our conference room before heading round all local areas of the farm; some of which are not accessible to the general public!

Your dedicated tour guide has a wealth of knowledge to share with you throughout the experience.

The tour will last approximately an hour and a half, you will then visit Belwade Bistro for a delicious Scottish themed afternoon tea, where you will have the opportunity to chat through the experience with other attendees and ask any further questions that you may have.

Your tour guide will cover history, our international work, our campaigns, our work right here in the UK, the role of Belwade Farm, meeting the horses and much more.

Please attend wearing suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions on the day.

For further information please give us a call on 013398 85398 or email [email protected]

Maximum booking of 20 online.  However larger groups can be accommodated by telephone booking 013398 85398.

Full Price will be £19.50 per adult, £12.50 per child (12years and under), product not suitable for children 3years and under.

Product will be available to the general public at full price.

Belwade Farm reserves the right to cancel or postpone a tour in the event of severe weather conditions or other instance that may cause safety issues.

Participants are responsible for being at the facility before the start time.  We are unable to wait for late attendees so you would need to join in at whatever stage the tour was at when you arrived.

Belwade Farm accepts bookings online.  For groups larger than 20 or for groups that have any special requirements we ask you do your booking by telephone.  

Bookings are confirmed by email at time of booking and payment.

Ticket purchases become non refundable from 14 days before date booked.  If you choose to cancel before the 14th day you will be refunded minus our administration fee.  Cancellations should be made in writing by email or letter by the person who made the booking.

Belwade Farm will provide a safety brief to all attendees before visiting the farm.  Participants must comply with safety instruction provided.

"My partner and I really enjoyed the walk around the grounds and looking in the ballroom at Balmoral. The gentleman on the desk at the entrance was very friendly and welcoming. We were surprised to even be able to look around the private residence of the royal family, a nice day out. Audio tour was very good and informative."

Sarah8276, TripAdvisor Review