As one of the fair city’s most unique attractions, Perth’s Norie Miller Park plays home to wildlife, gardens, walks and art. Situated just a short walk from Scotland’s newest city centre, this beautiful location is the perfect escape from urban life.
Named after Francis Norie Miller, a man who became a great ambassador for Perth and who gave many years of his working life to the city, the park is a picture-perfect example of the history, culture and natural landscape that makes up the city of Perth.
Overlooking the famous waters of the River Tay, and lined with many glorious examples of indigenous trees, shrubs and waterplants, a visit to Norie Miller offers up a chance to experience Mother Nature at her finest.
Relax and soak up the simple pleasures that come from spotting a butterfly, listening to the sweet sound of Scottish birdsong or, if you’re patient, catching sight of one of the park’s red squirrel inhabitants.
From spring through to Autumn foodies will find the park brimming with nature’s larder; wild garlic down by the river, elderflowers hanging in thick bunches from the trees and pale pink wild rose petals just waiting to be steeped in a cold gin cocktail.
On approaching the Norie Miller Park, you will find the manicured lawns and carefully tended beds of Rodney Gardens. These beautiful public grounds are open all year round and are free to enjoy; take a leisurely stroll, pull up a wee seat in the fresh air or lie back and soak up the beauty that comes with each changing season.
A little further along the path, the beginnings of the ambitious National Heather Collection can be found lining the banks of a small stream. Follow this wonderful collection and you will enjoy not only the largest and most comprehensive heather collection in Scotland – it hosts some 950 species – but also a walk through even more of Perth’s stunning parklands.
An integral part of the Norie Miller Park, the public art trail brings an additional layer to this outdoor setting by merging art, culture and nature seamlessly into one wonderful experience. Talk a walk along this truly unique path and you will discover one of Scotland’s cultural gems tucked neatly into the hems of the City.
Featuring a variety of sculptures from artists including Tim Shutter, David Wilson, John Creed, Paul Eugene Riley, Kenny Munro, Doug Cocker and Phil Johnson, the art trail is themed around some of most notable achievements of the city and its people.
The works may stand alone in their own right as an artistic collection but look a little closer and you will find they pay homage to some of Perthshire’s great pioneers – including Patrick Geddes and John Everett Millais – and give reference to landmarks such as the bridges of the Tay and Perth’s many church spires.
The Man Who Gave His Name to the Park
Sir Stanley Norie-Miller (4th August 1888 -21st December 1973) after whom the riverside park is named, was born in Perth shortly after his father Sir Francis Norie-Miller came to Perth.
Sir Francis Norie Miller (11 March 1859 – 4 July 1947) was born in Hertfordshire but was to live out his adult and professional life in Perth, following a move to join the General Accident Assurance soon after it was incorporated in 1885 ultimately becoming Chairman and Managing Director of the company. He became a hugely influential individual within the civic life of Perth; as a Justice of the Peace for Perthshire, Chairman of the School Board of Perth and as a Director of Perth Royal Infirmary. In 1933 he became a freeman of the city of Perth. He was also a Liberal and later Liberal National politician. In 1936, he was created a Baronet with the title of Norie-Miller of Cleeve in the New Year’s Honours List for political and public service in the County of Perth and for his local philanthropy.
Sir Stanley followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the General Accident Fire and Life Assurance Corporation Limited after the First World War where he served as a Colonel with the Royal Army Service Corps. Sir Stanley played a vitally important role in developing the company. The riverside walk was created in his honour by General Accident directors and staff opening in 1971, before being refurbished in 1987/88. Sir Stanley, also became an influential civic leader in Perth as a Justice of the Peace. He became a Freeman of the City in 1961.
The General Accident is now owned by AVIVA but retains its Head Office in Perth. The building at 2 High Street now used by Perth and Kinross Council was once offices for the company.
Getting There From Perth City
Norie Miller Park is a just a short, 5 minute stroll across The Queen’s Bridge at the end of Perth’s South Street. Parking is available on Tay Street or for a longer stay please use either the South Inch or Canal Street Long Stay Car Parks. Parking in Perth City Centre is free after 6pm. Alternatively, you can park in Rodney Garden’s car park which is open 24 hours, all year round. (Please note access is via the Queens Bridge to the Norie Miller Park)
City Centre Walk of Two Bridges
From Perth City Centre, cross the Queens Bridge and once on the far side of the river take the path into Norie Miller Parklands and follow the Norie-Miller Riverside Walk on the path nearest to the river. This comes out at Commercial Street in Perth’s Bridge End. Turn left here before crossing West Bridge Street and left again to cross Perth Bridge back into the city centre.
Norie-Miller Walk Light Nights
Experience Perth’s beautiful riverside walk in a whole new way – free event! From the 28th Jan, spectacular lighting displays will transform the banks of the Tay into a magical wonderland. Includes theme nights to mark Burns Night, Chinese New Year, and St Valentine’s Day.
Norie-Miller Walk Light Nights will run from 28 January to 14 February inclusive, with a spectacular lighting display on show every night from 3.00 pm – 10.00 pm. The look and feel of the riverside walk will change throughout the run, making it perfect for return visits.