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The Black Watch Castle & Museum

Balhousie Castle | Hay Street, Perth PH1 5 HR, Scotland
01738 638 152
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Ranked #1 of 24 Attractions in Perth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
Owner description: The Black Watch Castle & Museum is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle. The Castle is set in its own beautiful gardens and grounds.... more » Owner description: The Black Watch Castle & Museum is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle. The Castle is set in its own beautiful gardens and grounds. The Museum Uniforms, fine paintings, medals, photographs, diaries, weapons and military equipment, together with film and reminiscences bring to life the proud military heritage of this family regiment. The collection contains significant items that have been gathered by the Regiment throughout its history, right up to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. *Shop* The Black Watch Museum Shop, based in the Castle, stocks a range of unique and exclusive gift items. It includes a clothing range, silver statues, jewellery as well as specialist highland dress items such as dirks and sgian dubhs. *The Copper Beech Cafe* The Copper Beech Cafe offers visitors an ideal location to relax during their visit to the Castle & Museum. We aim to offer fresh and local produce and pride ourselves on our home baking. « less
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Auchterarder
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Have previously visited the museum with an excellent conducted tour, the young lass certainly knew her stuff and was able to answer all our questions. Museum is very well laid out and especially poignant were the articles relating to the First World War. After the tour and lunch we were able to wander around at our leisure. We return again... More

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florida
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114 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a brilliant museum with a great deal of historical information On the Black Watch One could spend at least 2 hours if you stop to read all the information. Found the personal stories and artifacts to be very interesting

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We went to this not knowing what to expect, very informative, well displayed & set out. Being able to touch, wear & feel some of the objective gives an excellent perspective on history, brilliant for the younger visitors. After the museum we went into the cafe, tea was good, but the cake(lemon drizzle) was the driest I gave ever had,... More

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Kathryn H, Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting The Black Watch Museum and for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. We're delighted that you enjoyed your trip around the museum but sorry that you found the cake dry. I will pass on your comments to the Chef and, hopefully, next time you will enjoy our selection of home-baking. More

Motherwell, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A full history of the Black Watch from formation to present day. Lots of info and things to see. Not suitable for anyone who can't do stairs. Great cafe with table service.

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Emma H, Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your positive review! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and our Cafe too. However, we're sorry you missed the lift! It was recently installed as part of a major redevelopment project (we reopened June 2013) to improve access to the first floor for visitors who cannot manage the stairs. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Found this museum very interesting. It's well laid out in chronological order and has a lot of exhibits plus stories attached to them. The staff are helpful and the attached cafe well worth a visit. Park next door has grass & swing park. Very good day out.

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Kathryn H, Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, responded to this review

We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and thank you for taking the time to review us. A lot of hard work and thought went into the redesign of the museum and I will pass your comments on to the team. Thank you! More

Perth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Loved the museum - very informative. Tearoom had good menu and the soup was really good. Staff were trying, but seemed to be trying too hard to be efficient, and so seemed to be in an unhelpful hurry.

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Kathryn H, Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the museum and for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. We are constantly reviewing our staff training and I will feed back your comments to the team. More

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Good cake and coffee. Visited with my husband and granddaughter. Staff were friendly and cakes delicious.

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Kathryn H, Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor and we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and cakes! More

Perth, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Despite having lived in the area for so many years, it took visitors to make us finally visit the Black watch museum and boy have we found a hidden gem. It was a fantastic trip. To start with all the people were so very very friendly and helpful and great with the children. A family ticket for 2 adults and... More

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Kathryn H, Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for such a brilliant review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Thanks for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. More

Cardiff, UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was a nicely located museum, but rather pricey at £7.50. The museum told the story of the regiment, but lacked detail about other aspects - like the background to the conflicts. My favourite exhibit was the one about the places the rgt served during peace time conflicts.

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Kathryn H, Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor and we are sorry that you were disappointed in the level of background information provided in the museum. Display space in the museum is at a premium and we wanted to focus on our amazing collection and the personal stories behind the artefacts. More

Guangzhou, China
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92 reviews 92 reviews
39 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Informative, interesting, beautiful decor. The bathroom is a real treat- smells delicious, good quality soap and hand cream. A rare treat! The Museum is very well looked after, it is a pleasure to explore. Little gift shop with a good variety, good customer service. Restaurant can get busy at times. Lovely, new outdoor seating area. We had a cuppa and... More

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Kathryn H, Manager at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write us such a brilliant review - we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and thank you for praising our toilets so highly! I will make sure your comments are passed on to all the team at the museum. More

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