Atholl Palace Museum


Atholl Palace Museum, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5LY

    The Atholl Palace Museum tells the stories of the people who built, worked and visited the Atholl Palace from when building began in 1874 until today.

    The museum looks at the hydropathic movement, the reasons for building a large hydropathic establishment in Pitlochry and the impact it had on the emerging small town of Pitlochry.

    A 15 minute film, The Story of the Atholl Palace, explains how the hotel has changed and adapted over nearly 130 years. It began as a hydropathic establishment, run on strict temperance principles to treat people in the healthy air of Pitlochry. During both world wars, two schools sheltered in its walls, and it relaxed into a luxurious spa hotel.

    Rooms have been set up with audio stories, in accordance with the original hotel plans, to show the working life of a Victorian hydropathic establishment, including the medical room of the resident physician.

    While you are visiting the museum, take time to enjoy the lovely gardens, abundant with wildlife, flowers, specimen trees and walks. You may also want to take afternoon tea in the lounge or have a light lunch in the bar.


    3 Museum
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Open daily from 10am to 6pm


    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • Traveler's Cheques In Uk sterling
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking


    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location Situated in basement of Atholl Palace Hotel, set in 48 acres of wooded parkland

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People

    Road Directions

    Approaching Pitlochry from the South, take the A924 (signposted for Pitlochry) off the A9. After passing the Blair Athol distillery, on your right, continue under a railway bridge and turn right into the Atholl Palace entrance.
    From the north , take the A924 (signposted for Pitlochry) off the A9. The A924 is the main street through Pitlochry. Continue right through the town and turn sharp left just before the railway bridge.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- Turn left coming out from the Tourist Information Centre, follow the road and turn left just before the railway bridge.

    Getting there by railway:- Pitlochry Station is on the main line between Edinburgh and Inverness. Turn left coming out from the railway station, follow the road north and turn left just before the railway bridge

    Getting there by aeroplane:- The closest major airport is Edinburgh, at just over 1 hour away by car. Glasgow international is 1½ hours away and Prestwick 2 hours.

    Getting there by ferry:- There are ferry services from Northern Ireland to Cairnryan and Troon in the south west of Scotland, approximately a two and a half hour drive.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • restaurant
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements


    • There is a lift
      • There are verbal announcements for stops at each floor


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp
    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 5
      • There is a handrail by the steps


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes


    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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