City Centre Attractions

Perth is a vibrant, small city that punches well above its weight when it comes to size versus energy!  Culture, adventure, shopping, history, dining, bars and more, this is a modern city built seamlessly upon the foundations of a storied past and the beauty of the great outdoors.

A place to live life well, the warm welcome of our people will be the first thing that you notice, and this will stay with you whether you take a peaceful walk through the outdoor art trail, explore the annals of history or dance the night away in one of our bustling bars.

You can find out all you need to know about our shops, bars and restaurants over on our Street Life section, but if you’re after the full visitor experience then do build in time to enjoy these excellent attractions, all situated in the heart of the city itself.

Due to covid-19 restrictions many attracttions are operating a little differently to usual.  You'll see that we've linked you straight to the individual attracttions websites - or social media pages - and we would advise you to check opening hours and rules before you travel.

RSGS at the Fair Maid’s House

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society at the Fair Maid's House in PerthThe Royal Scottish Geographical Society is a dynamic educational charity with far-reaching influence and a mission to inspire and inform. By thinking geographically, championing good practice, working with leaders and experts, and engaging with public audiences, they are precisely placed to inspire action to help address national and global challenges.

Following a renovation of the historical Fair Maid’s House to create a centre of excellence for geography, their international headquarters are now based in Perth city centre. Incorporated here is the Conserving Heritage Fund, which supports the costs of conserving and making accessible items in the RSGS collections, and a visitor centre that showcases the work they do and their historical collections, as well as touring exhibitions and, occasionally, intimate office talks in their Shackleton Room.

Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Perth Museum and Art GalleryWith its iconic copper domed roof, and striking external columns, Perth Museum and Art Gallery is one of the city’s most photographed buildings.  Step inside and you will find an impressive permanent collection; enjoy discovering local history in the Beginnings Gallery, exploring the natural history of the area in Wild and Wonderful, or view a range of artworks.

Alongside this, there are often touring exhibitions and one-off curations and features to excite regular visitors and in recent years these have been as varied as workshops with Lego bricks to the work of Patrick Geddes.

From portraits and photographs to meteorites and Miss Ballantine’s salmon, this fascinating array of objects will amaze young and old alike – do look ahead of visiting to find out about the in-gallery activities for families. 

All of Perth & Kinross Museums & Galleries have free admission.

The River Tay Public Art Trail

River Tay Public Art Trail at Rodney Gardens in PerthThe stunning Norrie Miller walk, along the banks of the River Tay, is made even more impressive by the public art trail that somehow merges culture and nature seamlessly into one wonderful experience.   Camera phone at the ready folks – whatever your generation, this is selfie-worthy stuff!   

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 the most notable achievements of the city and its people.

Paying homage to some of Perthshire’s great pioneers  – including Patrick Geddes and John Everett Millais – many give reference to landmarks such as the bridges of the Tay and Perth’s many church spires.  

Black Watch Castle & Museum

The Black Watch Museum in PerthA short stroll through the North Inch park brings you to the mighty Black Watch Castle and Museum. Here, you can immerse yourself in the extraordinary history of The Black Watch, from its formation in 1739 to the amalgamation of the Regiment in 2006.

This five-star visitor attraction brings to life the work of the Black Watch regiment and the many pivotal roles it has played in our military history. As well as their daily tours they also run a series of lectures featuring prominent historian speakers and, as you can imagine, these are hugely popular and often sell out.

Whilst you’re there, make sure to leave time for a visit to their award-winning tearoom which serves up scones, homebaking, freshly prepared sandwiches and more.

Other attractions within 5 miles:

Scone Palace > 

Willowgate Activity Centre > 

Branklyn Gardens >