Traquair House

Historic Buildings & Homes

Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peebleshire, EH44 6PW

    Visit the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and discover its fascinating history. This is a magical day out for all the family.

    Once a pleasure ground for Scottish kings in times of peace, then a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror, the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost.

    Imprisoned, fined and isolated for their beliefs, their home, untouched by time, reflects the tranquility of their family life.

    Spanning nearly a thousand years of Scottish history, Traquair today is a unique attraction for all ages. Trace the footsteps of the kings of Scotland as you climb the turnpike staircase and discover how priests escaped in times of danger. See the wonderful collections of embroideries, letters and relics of former times.

    Outside you can wander in the extensive grounds and woodlands, entertain children in the maze and adventure playground or simply relax for lunch or tea in the 1745 Cottage Restaurant.

    When Mary Queen of Scots visited Traquair in 1566 a brewery was working, and in 1739 a 200 gallon copper was installed in one of the wings beneath the chapel. Having fallen into disuse for over 200 years, the brewery was rediscovered by Peter Maxwell Stuart, 20th Laird of Traquair who began brewing again in 1965.

    Traquair House Brewery now produces a selection of traditional Scottish ales. Strong, dark and deliciously rich, the ales are fermented in oak and have won awards all over the world.

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    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    25 Mar 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Oct 2016 - 27 Nov 2016

    11am to 5pm 25th March to September
    11am to 4pm October
    11am to 3pm November - Weekends only

    Ticket Information
    Adult £8.70 per ticket

    ADULTS £8.70
    CHILDREN £4.40
    FAMILY – (2 adults & up to 3 children) £24.00

    ADULTS £4.50

    GROUPS – House and Grounds
    Minimum 20 people
    ADULTS £7.70
    SENIORS £6.70
    CHILD £3.70

    Guide Books £4.50

    Guided tours
    Guided tours for groups may be arranged outside normal opening hours. These can be conducted by an experienced guide or by the owner, Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair for an additional charge. Groups may also like to book a free introductory talk.

    Traquair Experiences
    Lunches, dinners, receptions, coffee and shortbread, ale tasting and even ghost tours may all be arranged in the house. See information on group tours.

    For further details please contact Traquair

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Lunch Available
    • Restaurant
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Parking


    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- disembark at the Galashiels transport Interchange and take a 62 bus to Innerleithen that depart every 20 minutes. It is then a short 15 minute walk to the house or take a local taxi. 

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Edinburgh take the M8 heading for Edinburgh City Centre, cut off before the centre and join the city bypass, stay on the bypass until you reach the signpost for Penicuik, A703 stay on the A703 to Peebles then take the B7062 to Innerliethen.

    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
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • 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

    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 1


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors

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

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