Groups Visiting Traquair

Guided tours and group experiences

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. For further details please see the attached or below. If you would like to arrange a group visit please fill out the online form below, call the office on 01896 830323, drop us an email on with details or fill in the attached form.

Traquair Experiences for Groups

Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair will take your group on an exclusive guided tour of Traquair.

Cost: £20.00 per person

Cost: £11.00 per person

For a unique experience of Traquair we can offer receptions hosted by the owner in the 17th Century High Drawing Room followed by a guided tour. Cuvée Catherine, our own French sparkling wine and soft drinks will be served All guests will be provided with a complimentary guide book.
£28.00 per person

Guided tour of Traquair House with an Experienced Guide and finish with a private Ale tasting. This gives your group opportunity to taste all three delicious bottled ales brewed at Traquair in the 18th Century Dining Room.

£17.50 per person (includes Room Hire)

Themed tours - special interest tours of Traquair

Traquair is renowned for its embroideries and textiles which include petit point embroidery from the 1600’s, colifichet work, quilting and the Mary Queen of Scots bed as well as a large collection of priests’ vestments.  We can offer special themed guided tours where we will give you access to some of the embroidery and vestments not usually on public display.

Cost of Tour with experienced guide: £14.00

Traquair has a superb family archive that dates back to the mid 1300’s and is a treasure trove of charters, accounts, documents signed by Kings and Queens, Jacobite coded letters and family correspondence from the eighteenth century that provide a real insight into family life at Traquair. Our archivist is happy to get out a small selection of documents that you will be able to see at close quarters and provide a short talk explaining her work and the background to some of the documents.

Cost of Tour with experienced guide and archivist: £ 16.00

To commemorate Mary Queen of Scots visit to Traquair in 1566, this tour has a particular emphasis on Mary, her close connections with Traquair, the artefacts we hold such as her rosary and crucifix or the cradle she used to rock her son James when she visited the house.

Cost of Tour with experienced guide £10.00

A superb historical ghost tour bringing the history of Traquair to life through characters from its past. Atmospheric and just a little spooky you can step back in time as never before. A truly breathtaking experience!
The tour takes approx 1 hour finishing with a glass of mulled wine.  Tours can be arranged during the hours of darkness throughout the year.

Cost: £22.00 per person

Minimum numbers of 15 guests or £250.00

Group Catering

Why not start your visit with coffee and shortbread in the 18th Century Dining Room, or finish your day with afternoon tea?

Coffee and Shortbread: £7.50 per person
Afternoon tea, including a scone served with cream and jam with a selection of cakes or tray bakes in the Dining Room: £14.00 per person

The above prices apply to a minimum of 20 people and includes Room Hire. Please note that we can also offer group lunches in our Garden Cafe please see group bookings for further information on lunches, dinners or Scottish Banquets in our 18th Century Dining Room.

Group Visits - Make a Booking Enquiry

We are delighted to accept groups of any size throughout the year and personal guided tours. Click below to make an enquiry.


Our guide was most pleasant & thoughtful to those of our group who had slightly limited mobility and the catering staff gave us an excellent lunch with such cheerful smiles. Everyone voted it a very sucessful day, so thank you very much.

Claire - May '18

A short but fascinating visit that was full of so much history and information. Amazing to think that it is still in the same family through so much turmoil. The brewery adds an interesting story also. Make sure to visit the tearoom as the food is very good and reasonable.

Des M - Oct '16

Lovely gardens and House: One of our first stops of our long weekend trip and well worth it. We had a lovely walk through the gardens first before the house was open. Nice sunny morning through the peaceful gardens and woods before entering the maze. First visitors there so lots of time to enjoy the house grounds.

Alexander T - Aug '16

Spent a few hours with two children today and we had a great time. The children loved the grounds and exploring. The highlight being the maze (we actually did get lost..oops). We took a picnic to eat but treated ourselves to hot chocolate and milkshake in the cafe before we left.

Amy Y - Oct '16

Can’t believe we haven’t been here before! What a beautiful and interesting place. Make sure that you try the restaurant – lovely food. Oh, and grab some of their ale before you leave

Ian R - Oct '16

I have been going here since childhood. I love it & never tire! Stunning atmospheric house with stunning Scottish history! The maze is fab! We ran around giggling like children & joked with people entering it that we’d been in there lost for days! The Staff are the most friendly professional & knowledgeable of any Stately Home I’ve been to. The shop & little craft shops are a great added bonus. Go! Its well worth it. A Jacobite Residence with fantastic history.

Anonymous - Oct '16