The Exhibitions

The Castle Ballroom, Carriage Hall Courtyard and Estate Exhibition

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, except for 2020, since Queen Victoria’s reign.

Balmoral Castle

The current castle was built in 1855, to designs created by Prince Albert and the Aberdeen architect William Smith. The Ballroom was the last room to be completed and was designed to house balls and other functions for the royal visit. Underneath the carpet is the original sprung wooden floor, which has seen many dances.

The Ballroom Exhibition is the only room in the Castle available for viewing. 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.

In the Mews you will find our new Gift Shop and and exhibition of classic vehicles associated with Estate life.   There are also various photos and objects regarding the history of the Estate.

In the Portcullious you will see an original Phateon Carriage, which is on loan from Grampian Transport Museum. This Carriage is originally from the estate and would have been used to transport ghillies, guests and The Royal Family out onto the hills.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse