Balmoral Castle is the Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family and this year the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shops and coffee shop are open to the Public on a daily basis from Friday 1st April until Tuesday 2nd August.
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.
We recommend that tickets are purchased in advance – please click here to book and pay online
Enjoy a relaxing visit of the grounds, exhibitions and Ballroom at Balmoral with our audio tour, which is available in English with Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish translations.
Please note that should there be Covid restrictions in place visitors will be asked to adhere to these.
The audio tour lasts approximately one hour and will guide you around the grounds and gardens. The highlight of the visit is the largest room in the Castle - the Ballroom. Please note that the Ballroom is the only room available to visitors - all the other areas are Her Majesty’s private residence.
After your tour you can visit our newly refurbished Mews Gift Shop, where you will find a wide range of gifts, both Scottish and Royal. You can also purchase snack refreshments from the Coffee Pod at the Main Gates or the new servery in the Pipers Hall.
We are also pleased to announce that our Balmoral Coffee Shop will offer the following experiences:-
Morning Coffee and Cake Experience – this must be booked in advance and includes your admission ticket together with tea, coffee or hot chocolate accompanied by some delicious cake, which you can enjoy in the relaxed restaurant setting. This will be served daily from 1000 to 1130.
Adult admission, with cake experience - £23.50
Child admission, with cake experience - £14.50
Afternoon Tea Experience – this must be booked in advance and includes your admission ticket together with tea, coffee or hot chocolate served with a selection of sandwiches, scones and cake, which you can enjoy in the relaxed restaurant setting. This will be served daily from 1300 until 1600.
Adult admission with afternoon tea - £37.50
Child admission with afternoon tea - £17.50
The coffee shop will also serve freshly made sandwiches and snacks on a daily basis from 1000 until 1600. Hot food will be served from 1130 until 1500 daily, with the exception of Thursdays. The menu will celebrate a wonderful range of local and Scottish produce, including our world famous venison burger.
We also offer the Balmoral Expedition, which is a wonderful experience for you to enjoy as a social household bubble (maximum of four people).
General admission charges during 2022 will be as follows:-
Adults - £15.00
Children (5 to 16 years) - £6.00
Children under 5 - free of charge and no ticket required
Booking fee applied to online bookings.
For an additional charge of £10 per person you can upgrade your ticket to last the week - this will allow you to return to the Estate as often as you wish during your stay. This upgrade is available from the Admissions Desk on the day of initial entry - please present your booking confirmation to the staff on duty and they will be able to help you.
The Balmoral Expedition includes a two hour Landrover tour on the Estate. During the day you can also enjoy the Balmoral audio tour, which guides you through the grounds, gardens and exhibitions. You will also have an opportunity to browse our new Mews Shop to purchase a gift to remind you of your visit to Balmoral.
Expedition tour for up to four people - £300
Balmoral is located off the A93 mid way between Ballater and Braemar. Parking available in car parks at Crathie, just a short walk from the admissions desk.Public Transport Directions
Nearest airport and railway station in Aberdeen, approximately 50 miles East of Balmoral.
Stagecoach Bluebird operate bus service from Aberdeen to Braemar. Bus stop for Balmoral is located at Crathie.
Stagecoach Bluebird Aberdeen - telephone 01224 212266
Ideally you will require your own transportation to get to the property as it is in a rural location, with limited public transport available.