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 King Charles III

Balmoral has been one of the residences of the British Royal family since 1852, although Balmoral remains private property of the King 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.
23rd March until Sunday 11th August
  • Adults £17.50
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 children aged 5 to 16 years) £38.00
  • Child (aged 5 to 16 years) £9
  • Children under 5 years go FREE

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

Please note access to Balmoral Castle and its grounds are currently closed.


In 2023 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and cafe will be open to the Public, daily from 1st April.

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.

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.

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Please note access to Balmoral Castle and its grounds Re open April 23rd 2024

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?

"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."

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