Winter Guided tours are available on specific dates in 2017. The guided tour lasts approximately one hour and afterwards you are free to wander the grounds and gardens.
The tour itself begins with a short film about Balmoral. The film looks at the love and affection that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had for Balmoral and how the current Royal Family still share that feeling. You will find out how the Estate operates today, as a modern working Highland Estate.
Your guide will take you into the Balmoral exhibition before heading off to view the Game Larder and Ice House. The highlight for many is to stand on the lawn, right in front of the Castle and admire it in all its glory.
The Ballroom is the room open to visitors in the Castle and your guide will give you plenty of time here as there is lots to see. The objects in the Ballroom are all brought from within the Castle for display, these are all objects that belong to the Royal Family and normally live on a wall or shelf or cupboard in one of the private rooms.
Please note that the Ballroom is the only room that is open to visitors within the Castle as the other areas are Her Majesty’s private residence.
The guided tours are special as the guides are able to share with you many of the stories, past and present that bring Balmoral to life.
After your tour, tea and filter coffee along with shortbread is available (included in your admission) .
The gift shop will also be open selling a wide range of gifts both Scottish and Royal.
Admission charges for the Winter Guided Tours including tea or filter coffee are as follows:
Adults - £14.00
Seniors / Students - £13.00
Children (5 to 16 years) - £6.00
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £32.00
There is no need to purchase tickets in advance – they can be purchased on arrival at Balmoral on the day.
Winter Guided Tours will be available on the following dates:-
Wednesday 22nd November
Wednesday 29th November
Saturday 2nd December
Wednesday 6th December
Saturday 9th December
Wednesday 13th December
Tours take place at 11.00am, 12.00 noon, 1.00pm and the last tour at 2.00pm.
Free parking is available in the car parks at Crathie, next to the A93. It is then just a short walk to the main gates of Balmoral where you can meet our transport trailer, which will take you up to the Balmoral Gift Shop where you will be able to purchase your tour tickets. If you require disabled access please speak to a member of staff on the car park at Crathie and they will give you instructions.
Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your tour start as it takes time to get from the car park to the Castle and for you to purchase your tickets.
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The café at Balmoral is not open for Winter Guided Tours. There are excellent cafes and free parking in both Ballater and Braemar, approximately 8 miles east and west of Balmoral on the A93.