Hidden Gems: Historical Landmark in Northern Europe

traquair house

This week’s hidden gem is a historical landmark full of interesting history, great food, a walled garden, numerous parks and more. There is plenty to explore at this tranquil location. Discovered by club member Natasha, this gem is the perfect little oasis located in Northern Europe…

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The list of reasons we travel with our children is infinite, but for many of us, it would all come back to the destination itself and the memories we create there. While we are busy exploring, broadening our horizons and diversifying our world views, sometimes we stumble upon completely wonderful and equally unexpected places.

These are our hidden gems… the places we soak up and yearn to go back to.

Our Hidden Gems series will uncover one-of-a-kind places discovered by our readers while traveling or exploring their own city. Whether it’s a beach, park, cafe, family-friendly hotel, hiking trail or other, enjoy these best kept secrets and be sure to add them to your list of places to go!

Traquair House 

Location: Traquair House, Traquair, Innerleithen EH44 6PW, UK

Discovered by: Natasha discovered this place by chance as it’s very close to her home.

Why We Love It: Traquair House is a 50-room house claimed to be the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. While it’s not a castle, it is built in the style of a fortified mansion. The house is a historical landmark offering history, great food, a walled garden, an animal farm, numerous play parks, fairy houses, woodland walks and much more for families to enjoy.

Why It’s Kid-Friendly: There are a number of kid-friendly activities and it’s easy to get around here with or without a stroller. The entire grounds are easily accessibly by foot and there is plenty of parking.

Tips & Important Details: Bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds! You can also pick an apple to eat fresh from the tree in the walled garden. There are also blackberries in the woodland walk. Also, be sure to bring a coat… it is Scotland after all!

Cost: Adults are £4.50, Children & Concessions are £3.50, Under Five Years are Free

Kids are always hungry! Know anywhere to eat nearby?: There is a restaurant on the grounds, but there are more options in nearby Innerleithen town.

About Natasha: Mum to a two-year-old, Natasha lives with her family in Walkerburn, Scotland. Her dream travel destination as a family is Hawaii. They write about traveling as a family here.

We are continually adding to our list of Hidden Gems, so, if you have a favorite secret spot that we need to know about, please fill out our form and it will be written about for the Bébé Voyage community.

And be sure to let us know how your trip goes if you’re able to make it to this secret location! We love to see where our members go and hear about new and exciting places to travel with bébé. Use the hashtag #bebevoyage on any social media to share your trips or tips with us too. Happy travels!


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