Traquair House

Lived in by the Stuart family since 1491, it is Scotland's oldest inhabited house.

Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, EH44 6PW

Traquair House, Innerliethen
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Traquair is Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House.

Visited by 27 Scottish Kings and Queens Traquair dates back to 1107 and has been lived in by the Stuart family since 1491.

Originally a royal hunting lodge, Traquair played host to Mary Queen of Scots and later as staunch Catholics they supported the Jacobite cause without counting the cost. Today, we welcome visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the extraordinary history of this lived in family home.

Visit the house, grounds, maze, craft workshops, 1745 Cottage Restaurant and the world famous Traquair House Brewery situated in one of the wings of the house and sample the ales in our brewery shop and museum.

We also provide a magical and romantic venue for weddings, celebrations, corporate events and throughout the year there is an inspiring programme of events and exhibitions for all ages.

You can even live like royalty and stay at Traquair in one of our luxurious antique furnished rooms.

Opening Times


Gardens and grounds: 1 April – 30 November.

Daily, 10.30am-5pm, April to August.

Daily, 11am-5pm in September

Weekends, 11am-4pm in October.

Weekends, 11am-3pm in November.

Day tickets or season passes can be purchased online in advance or at our gate.

Traquair also offer visitors the opportunity to spend one hour free roaming in the house on weekday afternoons and at weekends. Visit their website to find out more about house tours.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit free on normal open days. 

Adults: £10.00

Concessions: £9.00

Children: £5.00

Group Visits

We are delighted to accept groups of any size throughout the year and personal guided tours by the owner, Catherine Maxwell Stuart, can be arranged in advance.

Guided tours can be arranged outside normal opening hours and sometimes during opening hours at less busy times of the year.

During house opening hours we can arrange a guide to welcome the group and give a 5 minute introductory talk about the history of the house before the group is free to tour the house on their own.

If you would like to arrange a group visit please call the office on 01896 830323, drop us an email on

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

The ghost of Traquair

I have grown up at Traquair and the house was open to the public as long as I can remember. One of my favourite activities was jumping out from behind the priest's secret escape routes to scare visitors. My father then created a spooky cellar where visitors could peer in and see the outline of a veiled figure, I was sometimes allowed to be the "real" ghost!

Traquair library and ghost

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