Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848. The Castle is an example of Scots Baronial architecture and is classified by Historic Scotland as a category A listed building.
Opening times are from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m., however please note that the last recommended admission is at 4.30 p.m. approximately.
It is recommended 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.
Enjoy access to the formal and vegetable gardens, the wildlife, Balmoral and audio visual exhibitions together with the largest room in the Castle, the Ballroom. Please note that all other rooms within the Castle are not available to the public as these are Her Majesty The Queen's private rooms.
The admission charges includes the audio handset tour, which is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please note that the audio tour is only available for admissions before 4.00 p.m.
Afterwards relax in the coffee shop and purchase unique souvenirs from the gift shop.
Admission charges during 2018 will be as follows:-
- Adults - £11.50
- Seniors / Students - £10.50
- Children (5 to 16 years) - £6.00
- Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) - £32.00