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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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Brownsburg, IN
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stopped by this museum during our first day in Scotland. We wanted an easy day, and this was perfect as it's not a massive museum but it's still packed with interesting info and artifacts. Definitely worth a visit while in Perth.

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Crail, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We visited this museum with friends who wanted to learn more about the First World War before travelling to France/Belgium to visit the war grave cemeteries in these countries. My husband and I together with our friends found the museum very interesting and spent nearly 3 hours looking at the exhibits and reading the history of the Black Watch. If... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The redone museum is great well worth a visit. My brother was over from France and we spent a couple of hours looking round, then into the coffee shop, great.

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were passing through Perth when we saw an advert for the museum. We luckily chose a day that was a special event. Re-enactors were there dressed in historical costumes from the first days of the regiment up to the first world war. A very interesting story of bravery and English dodgy dealing. No wonder Scotland wants home rule.

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

Thanks for your great 5* review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and were able to see our annual Festival of Museum re-enactment event. Thankfully times have changed from the Mutiny of 1743, and we're proud to tell the story of a Scottish Regiment in the British Army. More

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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350 reviews 350 reviews
146 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
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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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
6 helpful votes 6 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

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