Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar, is the Balmoral Estate.
Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. The Estate covers about 20,000 hectares (just over 50,000 acres) with acres of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland, policies and of course the beautiful River Dee is nearby. Over the past 150 years careful stewardship by the owners, The Royal Family, has preserved the wildlife, scenery and architecture which is available for all generations to enjoy.
In her journals Queen Victoria described Balmoral as "my dear paradise in the Highlands" - we hope you will feel the same way about Balmoral once you have visited this most special place.
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 coffee shop.
Visit our website for more details on the activities available within the estate, from luxury landrover safaris' to salmon fishing on the River Dee.
Please note, the grounds, gardens and exhibitions are closed to the Public during August, September and early October as The Royal Family are in residence.
There is no need to purchase tickets in advance – they can be purchased on arrival at Balmoral on the day.
In 2017 the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and coffee shop will be open to the Public on a daily basis from Saturday 1st April until Monday 31st July. 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. The admission charges are available are as follows:-
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
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card. Admission charges include parking, access to the formal and vegetable gardens, the exhibitions in the stable area and largest room in the Castle, the Ballroom.
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 coffee shop. There are entrances to the exhibitions which do not involve steps and if required we can also provide Battricars and wheelchairs - these are available from the Carriage Hall Exhibition where the audio handsets can be collected.
You can also enjoy the audio handset tour of the grounds, gardens and exhibitions - this tour lasts approximately one hour and is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. There is a £5.00 deposit per handset for the audio guide and this is refunded in full when the handset is returned.