Overview

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.


Today
Today’s opening hours

1 April to 31 October: 11am to 5pm

July & August: 10.30am to 5pm

October: 11am to 4pm

Opening
Opening

2020

1 April to 31 October: 11am to 5pm

July & August: 10.30am to 5pm

October: 11am to 4pm

November: weekends only, 11am to 3pm

Find Us
Find us

Situated in the Scottish Borders, 30 miles South of Edinburgh 6 miles from Peebles on the B709.

Buses X62 Edinburgh - Melrose. Nearest stop Innerleithen (1.5miles).

Nearest train station Galashiels - 25 mins by car or Bus 62 as above. 

The Tweed Cycle route uses the local B roads and passes Traquair House

 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Yellow Cabs 01896 833003

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free on normal open days. 

Adults: £10.00

Concessions: £9.00

Children: £5.00

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
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 enquiries@traquair.co.uk 

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

If you are looking for a unique setting for your wedding in an authentic castle steeped in history with personal service and attention to detail, Traquair is the ideal setting for the most important day of your life.

With our own Catholic chapel and a licence for civil ceremonies you can be married in the house or in some of the magical areas of the grounds.

Smaller more intimate receptions can be held in the main house or we can erect a marquee in front of the house or in the old walled gardenfor larger weddings.

We are happy to provide assistance in finding a local minister or priest, civil ceremonies must be arranged through the local registry office in Peebles and we are always delighted to quote and provide details of our recommended suppliers.

 

OUR OFFER

  • Suppliers list
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Wedding planner
  • Bridal suite
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

Accommodation

You are welcome to stay at Traquair House.

There are three spacious double bedrooms furnished with antique furniture, canopied beds, private bathrooms and central heating. Available on a “bed and breakfast” basis.

Honeymoon Couples are particularly welcome for overnight stays, and receive a complimentary bottle of Traquair’s own French sparkling wine.

The Pink Room is a luxurious suite on the first floor of the house over looking the maze. Originally Lord Traquair’s room, it contains an 18th century trompe l’oeil over the fireplace.

The Blue and White Rooms are in the late 17th century wing of the House, on the ground floor, adjacent to the Lower Drawing Room, where guests can relax in the evening in front of an open fire.

The Blue Room looks onto Cupid’s Garden while the White Room has excellent views up to the Bear Gates.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Traquair House is available for all your conferencing needs from November – April each year and meetings and events may be arranged.

We have five rooms at Traquair which can be used for meetings, each is truly unique and would add a certain gravitas to any meeting or conference.

The rooms range in size from the Still Room on the ground floor, suitable for small meetings of around 15 delegates available to hold range of meetings for all sizes of events to the High Drawing Room, the largest room in the house which is suitable for meetings up to 70 delegates​.

Other rooms include the 18th Century Dining Room suitable for lunches, dinners and meetings of up to 40 delegates, the Second Library, a truly inspiring and atmospheric meeting room and the High Gallery on the top floor of the house which can be used for meetings for up to 40 delegates.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Team building activities
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Accessible toilets
  • Dinner
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast

My thanks also go to you for all your efforts in organising the event. It was a roaring success so thanks again.


Today
Today’s opening hours

1 April to 31 October: 11am to 5pm

July & August: 10.30am to 5pm

October: 11am to 4pm

Opening
Opening

2020

1 April to 31 October: 11am to 5pm

July & August: 10.30am to 5pm

October: 11am to 4pm

November: weekends only, 11am to 3pm

Find Us
Find us

Situated in the Scottish Borders, 30 miles South of Edinburgh 6 miles from Peebles on the B709.

Buses X62 Edinburgh - Melrose. Nearest stop Innerleithen (1.5miles).

Nearest train station Galashiels - 25 mins by car or Bus 62 as above. 

The Tweed Cycle route uses the local B roads and passes Traquair House

 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Yellow Cabs 01896 833003

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free on normal open days. 

Adults: £10.00

Concessions: £9.00

Children: £5.00

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
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 enquiries@traquair.co.uk 

Other opening


A word from the owner

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!

Fun Facts

The famous Bear Gates at Traquair have been closed since 1745 when the last person to pass through them was Bonnie Prince Charlie. The Earl of Traquair promised they wouldn't be reopened until a Stuart king was crowned in London and the gates have been closed ever since.