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  • 1. History

    There is plenty of Scottish history to be found in the city of Perth, and you don’t need to look very hard to find it. Scone Palace is the site where many kings were crowned, including Robert the Bruce, and Huntingtower Castle was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots in 1565. St John’s Kirk is the oldest standing building in the city and an important Scottish church, while St P...Read moreaul’s Church is just one of many historic buildings in the city centre. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Despite being steeped in history, Perth is also a very modern city with plenty of shopping and entertainment facilities. It is a popular base for holidaymakers wanting to discover the rest of Scotland, and is surrounded by stunning countryside.

  • 3. Events

    The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Scottish Game Fair is held at the end of June at Scone Palace. This three-day event includes displays, demonstrations, stalls, competitions and more. Perth Festival of the Arts is an 11-day celebration in May and includes wide range of art forms including classical music, opera, rock, jazz, folk, dance and visual art. The festival takes p...Read morelace in Perth Concert Hall, Perth Theatre and St John's Kirk. The Bluegrass Music Festival takes place in the village of Guildtown, on the outskirts of Perth, at the end of July. This four-day event features bluegrass bands from across the world. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Perth Museum and Art Gallery looks at Perthshire throughout the ages and includes permanent collections and changing exhibitions. The Black Watch Regimental Museum, in Balhousie Castle, tells the story of the oldest Highland regiment through display rooms and exhibitions. The Fergusson Gallery, in a former waterworks building, houses the work of Scottish artist John Duncan Fe...Read morergusson. Elcho Castle, on the banks of the River Tay, was built in the 16th century and remarkably still has many features intact. Huntingtower Castle includes two towers built in the 15th and 16th centuries as well as a painted ceiling in the hall of the eastern tower, known as the House of Ruthven. Scone Palace includes a collection of porcelain, paintings and furniture, the unique Vernis Martin papier mache collection, a maze and over 100 acres of gardens. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Noah’s Ark is a huge indoor play centre offering facilities for children of all ages. It includes a soft play area for under 12s, indoor go-karting, ten pin bowling, a climbing wall, trampolines, a ceramics studio and much more. There are plenty of outdoor activities available to enjoy in the countryside in and around Perth. Popular pursuits include fishing, walking, cycling...Read more and golf. More unusual and daring activities include sphereing, cliff jumping, whitewater rafting, canyoning, gorge walking and more. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Perth Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of every month and contains over 30 stalls selling fresh produce. Cookery demonstrations also take place at the market. Perth has a compact city centre offering a good selection of high street names and specialist independent stores. St John’s Shopping Centre includes a good selection of shops and places to eat and drink...Read more Read less

  • 7. Transport

    The M90 from Perth links to Edinburgh, to the south, and connects to the M8 to Glasgow. The main road leading north of the city is the A9, which also runs to the south west and connects with the M9. The A90 leads to the east and the north east and the A85 runs to the west of the city. The nearest airport to Perth is Dundee Airport, which is about 16 miles away. Edinburgh Airpo...Read morert is about 31 miles from the city. Perth train station has good services to Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as some direct services from London. There are also plenty of services to local and northern destinations. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    Perth Concert Hall offers a busy programme of concerts, comedy, dance, musicals, contemporary art, film, talks, arts workshops and more. This venue also has spaces for hire, the Threshold art space and a public area containing the Glassrooms café and bar. Perth Theatre, in the High Street, is over 100 years old and has a programme of classic and popular drama, new writing, un...Read moreique Perth productions and touring shows, music, comedy and dance. The venue’s Studio Theatre hosts small scale performances and the Redrooms is the venue for singer-songwriters, jazz, folk and comedy. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    A prominent building in the town is St John’s Kirk. Over the centuries, the building has been rebuilt, restored and altered. The oldest part of the existing building is the choir, which dates from the 15th century. Scone palace, on the outskirts of the city, is home to the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny. Robert the Bruce was crowned at Scone in 1306 and t...Read morehe last coronation was of Charles II, in 1651. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Although it is known as the Fair City, a nickname stemming from Sir Walter Scott's novel, the Fair Maid of Perth in 1828, Perth had its official status of city removed in 1975, during local government reorganisation.


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