The Royal Family’s Balmoral Castle opens to the public for the first time

The Royal Family’s Balmoral Castle opens to the public for the first time



Step inside Queen Elizabeth II’s royal residence.

The British Royal Family have announced a historic first: Balmoral Castle will open to the public. The family’s Scotland holiday home was loved by Queen Elizabeth II, and was where she died in 2022. Now, for the first time in 170 years, it will welcome visitors. 

The tour gives visitors a glimpse into the private side of the Royal Family. Visitors will be able to step inside the entrance hall, page’s lobby, library, drawing room, red corridor, and the main, as well as family dining rooms. Plus, afternoon tea can be added to the experience.

Balmoral Castle has been a royal residence since 1852 and was believed to be Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite home. Since King Charles III came into power, Balmoral Castle has undergone changes. The gardens surrounding the castle have been decorated with saplings, which have been planted by the monarch. He has also changed the drawing room carpets back to Hunting Stewart tartan, which was originally chosen by Queen Victoria. 

James Hamilton Goddard, Visitor Enterprise Manager for Balmoral Estate, explained: “It’s a magnificent place. I think the King wants people to see [it]. The public who managed to get a ticket will come away [having seen] the Royal Family’s holiday home – that’s exactly what it is, it feels very homely.”

If you’re a fan of the Royal Family, don’t miss the Summer Opening of the State Rooms from 11 July to 29 September, and Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography at The King’s Gallery until 6 October.

Balmoral Castle is open to the public from 1 July to 11 August, and tickets are available now.

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