King Charles III announced the opening of Balmoral Castle for public tours this summer, marking a historic milestone by allowing unprecedented access to the British royal family’s private residence in Scotland.

Tours will take place daily from May 4 to August 11, giving royal admirers the unique opportunity to explore this iconic location.

Following the announcement, demand was overwhelming and all tickets, valued at £100 and including a visit inside the castle, tea and biscuits, sold out in just 24 hours.

However, tickets can still be purchased for entry to the grounds, gardens and exhibitions (without being able to access the castle on a guided tour) for £17.50 for adults, £9 for children aged 5 to 16 and minors are free.

Taking the Afternoon tea costs £60.00 and all these reservations can be made at the official page and some travel agencies resell tickets for visits inside the castle.

Balmoral, Elizabeth II’s favorite castle

Situated majestically on the banks of the River Dee, in the heart of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, Balmoral Castle has been the royal residence since 1852. At that time, Prince Albert acquired the property for his wife, Queen Victoria, converting it in a summer retreat for the royal family.

Built in the Scottish baronial style, the castle is an architectural masterpiece that combines elements of medieval castles with Victorian touches. Its imposing towers, turrets and battlements give it a fortress-like appearance, while its interiors are decorated with luxurious furniture, tapestries and works of art that reflect the splendor of the British monarchy.

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Over the years, Balmoral Castle has seen historic moments and hosted numerous members of the royal family during their stays in Scotland. From private gatherings to family celebrations, the castle has been the scene of countless important events in the lives of British royalty and was the site of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who considered it her favorite castle.

The extensive gardens and grounds surrounding the castle are equally impressive, with landscaped parks, lush forests and picturesque trails inviting visitors to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area. In addition, the castle has a farm and a distillery, where the famous Balmoral whiskey is produced, a delight for lovers of this drink.


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