The Black Watch Castle & Museum

The Black Watch Castle & Museum

The Black Watch Castle & Museum
4.5
Military MuseumsSpeciality MuseumsCastles
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Black Watch Castle and Museum is a 5 star multi- award winning visitor attraction located in the Perth. The Black Watch Museum is housed within the historic Balhousie Castle, the origins of which are said to date back to the 12th century. A visit to the ancestral Home of The Black Watch brings this colourful Highland Regiment’s history to life, through artefacts, personal stories and interactive displays. Relax and unwind in the welcome ambience of the Castle Cafe. The seasonal menu offers an appealing selection of meals, snacks, soups, desserts and afternoon tea created with quality ingredients of local provenance. Browse the popular Castle Gift Shop to find a range of quality gifts, regimental memorabilia and branded products with an emphasis on providing an enjoyable shopping experience within a Scottish Castle. The venue is a unique and compelling location which can also host weddings, offer private dining, exclusive use of the Castle, group and bespoke tours.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jenny R
    6 contributions
    Not particularly disabled friendly
    We took our semi disabled brother in law here in April 2023. His disabilities mean he struggles to get around tight spaces and could not manage the lift as it is small and slow. However what we managed he found very interesting. We had lunch in the restaurant and food was very good and reasonably priced. All staff wer pleasant and helpful. Plenty of parking both onsite and nearby pay and display. With a wonderful wide open park next door for younger members of the group to let off steam.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 April 2023
  • KevinB91
    74 contributions
    Surprisingly interesting
    Wasn’t sure what the museum was like, but I have to say there’s a lot to see. Plus it’s very well organised and very logical when it comes to getting around so that you do things and see all the rooms in the right order. This makes for an excellent experience and also helps the visitor experience, so that the museum feels safe and clean. We learnt lots about the Black Watch which was presented in an interesting way. Lots to keep visitors interest. Plus the Haunting statue is installed by the entrance to the museum, so big bonus and attraction.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • kiwimaxwell
    Auchterarder, United Kingdom159 contributions
    Learn all about The Black Watch!
    Enjoyed our visit to the museum. Interesting collection of o hectares including serval VCs. Spread over two floors of the castle. We were there around 90 mins. Also a great Bistro/cafe (we had v gd breakfast) and gift shop. Sobering memorial garden. A 15 mins walk from the city centre or parking on site.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
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Simona K
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Visited as part of a mother/daughter trip to Perth and initially spotted the signs for this castle/museum from the nearby park, and thought we’d give it a visit to kill some time. As it turns out, we spent the better part of the mid-morning exploring the beautiful museum. There was so much to see! It covered an incredibly broad period of time. We opted out of the guided tour which we regretted in hindsight, but the lovely gentleman who I presume was the tour guide ended up finding us in a few of the rooms and giving us a mini-tour anyways, which was a very welcome surprise. He was so knowledgeable and warm, his story telling was compelling and we were both hooked. I learned more from our interactions than I would have from just reading each plaque and information sign. He is a true credit to the museum. I cannot stress just how much we enjoyed ourselves!
Written 27 November 2023
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kiwimaxwell
Auchterarder, UK159 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Enjoyed our visit to the museum. Interesting collection of o hectares including serval VCs. Spread over two floors of the castle. We were there around 90 mins. Also a great Bistro/cafe (we had v gd breakfast) and gift shop. Sobering memorial garden. A 15 mins walk from the city centre or parking on site.
Written 15 November 2023
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Flamingo
Glasgow, UK21 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This is a very interesting museum with a lot of historical detail provided, interactive displays and fascinating objects to view. It covers two floors with plenty to see. The building is beautiful with period features and lovely grounds. There is an impressive huge metal sculpture outside the entrance and a good shop and restaurant. The staff are helpful.
Written 21 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and its many exhibits, as well as our beautiful building and grounds.
Written 1 November 2023
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red69hoss
Stafford, VA625 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is now one of my favorite museums in the world. My tour guide/docent, Jim Paterson, was supremely knowledgeable and interesting. The artifacts and their presentation are beautiful and very moving. The history of the Black Watch is absolutely fascinating and the stories of their spellbinding. The centuries are spellbinding. This museum is a MUST SEE, and I highly recommend you pay the extra money for a guided tour.
Written 9 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We have passed on your kind words to Jim about his Guided Tour.
Written 1 November 2023
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jasp932018
Glasgow, UK11 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A most interesting presentation about the role of the Scottish, and specifically the Black Watch in the history of conflicts affecting GB.
The groupings of the many artifacts highlighted the role of the Black Watch in the above.
Needs a bit longer than one day to fully appreciate the whole.
Notwithstanding the need for subdued lighting to protect the exhibits, there were areas where it was difficult to read the information cards - some were a bit in the shadow of the exhibits.
It would have been satisfying to gift-aid the entrance fee.
Thank you
Written 15 September 2023
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KevinB91
Leek, England, United Kingdom74 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Wasn’t sure what the museum was like, but I have to say there’s a lot to see. Plus it’s very well organised and very logical when it comes to getting around so that you do things and see all the rooms in the right order. This makes for an excellent experience and also helps the visitor experience, so that the museum feels safe and clean. We learnt lots about the Black Watch which was presented in an interesting way. Lots to keep visitors interest. Plus the Haunting statue is installed by the entrance to the museum, so big bonus and attraction.
Written 8 September 2023
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Team S
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this amazing place. Loads to learn & see, with this extensive & comprehensive collection. The staff couldn't have been more friendly & helpful. Food in the Bistro was lovely. Lots of beautiful & fairly priced gifts & interesting items in the gift shop.
Written 6 September 2023
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Pamela C
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Loved it. So much interesting history about the Black Watch that I didn't know. All so well presented.
Written 5 September 2023
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Jessica K
15 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We happened upon this on a map and decided to visit. We learned so much and it was so interesting. The staff was super nice too
Written 3 September 2023
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Scottish Traveller
London, UK13 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The customer service was first rate, such a lovely lady that was running the ticket desk and shop. Good parking, useful guide map and nice range of gifts in the shop.
Written 14 August 2023
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The Black Watch Castle & Museum, Perth

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