Perth is a hub for culture and arts, with a wonderful selection of attractions, walks and great shopping and eating, all within a stone’s throw from one another. Nestled on the banks of the River Tay it has a wealth of history and culture to uncover. With so much to do it’s a great place to visit for a day out or a fantastic base to explore Perthshire.
Perth Museum and Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the UK. With over half a million objects from home and abroad there is something of interest for everyone. If you have time to plan ahead it would be a good idea to check out the temporary exhibitions. Keep up the culture fix with a visit to the Fergusson Gallery, which celebrates the life and work of the great pioneer of modern art, Scottish Colourist JD Fergusson, and the work of his wife, inspired choreographer, artist, movement therapist and author, Margaret Morris. Visit the house featured in the novel ‘Fair Maid of Perth’ by Sir Walter Scott and you will find it has changed a great deal. Today it has been transformed by The Royal Scottish Geographical Society into a visitor and educational centre.
Follow the various trails around the city, such as the River Tay Public Arts Trail. This trail features 22 different sculptures which draw their inspiration from the river and its wildlife and the city, its history, its poets and its life. You can also explore the new national collection of heathers. A short stroll from the city the National Trust for Scotland’s Branklyn Gardens holds an impressive collection of rare and unusual plants. This attractive garden was developed by John and Dorothy Renton. A quick walk across the North Inch and you will arrive at Balhousie Castle. Recently awarded 5 star status by the Scottish Tourist Board, this family friendly museum houses information on Scotland’s Black Watch regiment. Or take the kids to visit the South Inch with its great play park and walks. You can find all the ingredients for a fabulous picnic in Perth’s award-winning bakers and delicatessens.
Try your hand with a rod and reel at the Willowgate Fisheries. Situated on the banks of the River Tay 2 miles from Perth City Centre (there is a signposted walkway) the fishery includes 9 acres of fly-only trout loch and 4 miles of salmon fishing. Tackle hire and tuition are available. The newly opened Activity Centre provides a great base for kayaking the River Tay.
There’s never a shortage of fantastic events and concerts to enjoy. Perth boasts a great range of outdoor events and festivals across the year from the Kilt Run to the Winter Festival. Or you could watch a film at The Playhouse, Perth’s independent 7-screen cinema, which retains many of the building’s original art deco features, but brings things right up to date with an IMAX SCREEN.
Perth has no shortage of award winning eateries, with a great range of cuisines to cater for all tastes. If you fancy dining alfresco there are a number of restaurants with outdoor seating or visit one of our many pavement Café’s and restaurants in St John’s Place and take in the great views of the historic 15th century St John’s Kirk. Only a few short turns will take you off the main High Street and into one of the many wonderful little lanes and vennels that makes Perth unique. These cross streets were originally named after the trades which were based there but are now home to some of our favourite independent retailers and their vast array of gorgeous artisan gifts, beautiful art and clothing.
Whether you’re here for the day or staying for a longer visit you will find plenty to enjoy in Perth. We look forward to welcoming you.