Afternoon Tea in the Restaurant


Enjoy a wonderful day out at Balmoral, the celebrated Highland home to the Royal Family.

From Monday 1st July until Sunday 11th July you can make your visit to Balmoral extra special by including a delicious afternoon tea with your general admission ticket.  Relax in the bright and spacious setting of our recently renovated restaurant and savour a selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes.

We offer classic, vegetarian or gluten free versions and on the day you can choose to upgrade to the sparkling option if you wish.

Please note that afternoon tea will be served in the restaurant.  This is a set menu and we are unable to cater for food intolerances and allergies, including nuts.

Afternoon Tea Tickets  
General Admission with Afternoon Tea Sold Out
Castle Interior Tour with Afternoon Tea Sold Out
(Classic, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options available)  

If you have any issues booking you can also click here for further details.

On the day of your visit you can arrive at any time and just need to arrive at the restaurant for the afternoon tea time booked for on your ticket.   You can choose to visit to the grounds, gardens and exhibition throughout the day.  

Your admission includes the audio tour, which is available in English with Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish translations. The audio tour lasts approximately an hour and guides you around the grounds and gardens.


The highlight of the visit is the Ballroom, which is the only room in the Castle available for general admissions. This year we are delighted to have some of His Majesty The King's watercolour paintings on display in the Ballroom.

Parking is available in the car parks, which are located next to the A93 at Crathie (£5 parking fee applies). From the car park it is a short walk to the Main Gates of Balmoral and the Admissions Desk. Please have your ticket confirmation to show to the staff on duty and ensure you arrive for your allocated time slot.

At the Admissions Desk you can collect the handset for the audio guide, which will guide you up the main drive, through the gardens and on to the Castle Ballroom. Please note that all audio handsets must be returned to the Mews Gift Shop at the end of your visit.

After your tour you can visit the Mews Gift Shop, where you will find a wide range of gifts, many bespoke to Balmoral. Choose from our exclusive tweed gifts, home made preserves and Balmoral Whisky, Gin and Beer products. All the facilities for visitors at Balmoral are suitable for disabled access, with clear signposting where one entrance is preferable to another.

Parking facilities for disabled and elderly visitors are available within the grounds of Balmoral, near the Estates Office. Please ask the staff on duty at the Admissions Desk for directions for parking.

Booking conditions:-

  • Please ensure that you arrive at the restaurant for your allocated afternoon tea time slot.
  • Your table will be available for an hour and a quarter so you can relax and enjoy your afternoon tea.
  • You can choose to visit to the grounds, gardens and exhibition throughout the day.
  • Photography is not permitted within Balmoral Castle and the Ballroom.
  • Please note the flying of drones, or any other aerial device, within one kilometer of Balmoral Castle is not permitted at any time of the year.
  • Dogs are permitted in all outdoor areas and should be kept on a lead at all times.
  • Dogs are NOT permitted in the Castle or Restaurant.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in all areas.
  • We ask that you clean up after your pet.
  • Please allow 10 to 15 minutes to enjoy the walk up to the Castle from the car parks at Crathie.
  • Please note that tickets are non refundable unless we have to close due to unforeseen circumstance, such as Government restrictions.