Culture and The Arts

Perthshire's arts and culture scene is a bold, vibrant place to be, seamlessly bringing together Scotland's iconic cultural arts with modern day festivals, theatre, live music and more.  

Due to Covid-19 many of the venues are operating at a different level – some are open, some are closed, some are bringing virtual theatre straight to your sofa! We have offered information on each at time of writing which is September 2020, and we will do our utmost to keep this page current and relevant. Meanwhile, please do click through to the websites for the latest details from each individual operator.

AK Bell Library

A place where you can kick back, relax and lose yourself in the world of books – AK Bell Library has been a cultural hub in the city centre since it opened its doors in 1995. Named after Arthur Kinmond Bell, a man who has played a big part in Perth’s history, the library boasts a large collection of books and a fantastic café.

Perth Concert HallPerth Concert Hall Horsecross Arts

Welcoming some of the biggest names in music and entertainment from the UK and beyond, Perth Concert Hall is always abuzz with excitement all year round! The venue plays host to everything from pop concerts to famous events such as Southern Fried Festival and Perth Festival of the Arts – and it looks pretty spectacular too! 

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre 

A venue designed for multi-purpose use including art, conferencing and entertainment, the Birnam Arts Centre is a fantastic attraction for all the family. The centre includes the renowned Beatrix Potter Exhibition which celebrates the writer’s links to the local area. 

Fergusson Gallery

A gallery devoted to one of Scotland’s most important and influential artists, the Fergusson Gallery is a beautiful building located next to the River Tay with the city’s South Inch a stone’s throw away. The gallery is devoted to the works of Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson, and his wife, Margaret Morris. 

Perth TheatrePerth Theatre Horsecross Arts

Having reopened its doors to the public at the tail end of 2018 following a £16.6m transformation, Perth Theatre is an integral part of Perth’s cultural quarter and is a building steeped in rich history. It is one of Scotland’s oldest and most-loved theatres and has been at the heart of the city since it opened in 1900.

Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Based in the city centre just a few hundred yards from the concert hall, Perth Museum and Art Gallery is the main museum and exhibition space in the city. One of Scotland’s oldest established museums, it’s home to a range of inspiring collections as well as welcoming touring exhibitions, talks and events.

Perth Playhouse

An independent cinema situated in the city centre, Perth Playhouse has been at the heart of the community since its opening in 1933. There are seven screens, including the brand-new IMAX screen in theatre room one. The cinema showcases some of the world’s biggest blockbusters and is a real hit with locals and tourists alike.

Pitlochry Festival TheatrePitlochry Festival Theatre Perthshire

Set into the hills of Highland Perthshire, Pitlochry Festival Theatre holds a unique place in Scottish culture, with a talented cast and crew producing shows all year round guaranteed to entertain their audiences. They draw more than 100,000 visitors each year from throughout the UK and abroad and their uncustomary repertoire system allows theatre-goers to enjoy a different show every night of the week!

The Birks

A fantastic rural cinema, steeped in history and situated in the scenic Highland Perthshire town of Aberfeldy – The Birks Cinema plays a massive part in the local community. A cultural hub for lovers of film and the arts, the cinema shows the latest blockbusters as well as live broadcasts of ballet and opera concerts.

Library of Innerpeffray

Travel back in time to the 17th century and lose yourself in the history of Scotland’s oldest free, public lending library. The Library of Innerpeffray is a museum where you can quite literally touch the past. Founded in 1680, the library is steeped in history from Roman to more modern times and offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience of Scottish history and heritage.