The highlight for every visit to Balmoral is the Castle Ballroom, the largest room in the Castle.
On display you will find works of art by Landseer and Carl Haag, silver statues by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm together with Minton China and artifacts from within the Castle.
The Ballroom is still much used by the Royal Family today and is the venue for two big dances during Her Majesty’s stay at Balmoral. These dances are known as the Ghillies Ball and have taken place every year since Queen Victoria’s reign.
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Explore through artefacts and pictures some of the great houses with links to Balmoral and the Royal Family.
From Sandringham in Norfolk the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, that has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate.
"Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere in the world." (King George V)
To the far north of Scotland and the Castle of Mey purchased by the Queen Mother. Having acquired the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland, The Queen Mother renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens you see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here and shorter visits at other times of the year.
To Glamis Castle the stunning childhood home of Her Majesty the Queen II and of course The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.
Please note that other rooms within the Castle are Her Majesty The Queen's private rooms and as such are not open to the public.
Just off the Victorian cobbled stable yard you will find several other displays. Explore our wildlife display, see how fires were tackled on the estate 70 years ago or learn about how the Gamekeepers manage the game and heather moorland.
You will also get an opportunity to sit back and enjoy our short film in HD, which shows the life on the estate today and how this 50,000 acre Highland Estate is managed.