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The Black Watch Castle & Museum

Address: Balhousie Castle | Hay Street, Perth PH1 5 HR, Scotland
Phone Number: 01738 638 152
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Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Perth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military museums, Museums
Owner description: The Black Watch Castle & Museum is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle. The Castle...
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Type: Military museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Cafe is so relaxing and beautifully decorated. The menu is varied and value for money. The staff are polite and service is very quick. This is our second visit and would go straight there again when next in area for something to eat than look for somewhere else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We went for the first time to have lunch we were not dissapointed,the baked potato was amazing full and big, my wife had the soup and sandwich deal fab value,we will go back and visit the museum just did'nt have the time this visit.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

As my uncle was killed serving in the Black Watch during WW2, this has long been a favourite of our family. This was my first visit since the refurbishment and I was very impressed with the shop and cafe. I would have liked more Black Watch tartan souvenirs rather than the military version. Although the cafe was busy, my husband... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great wee family day out. Fascinating history of the black watch army - children enjoyed. Lovely wee cafe - with good , reasonably priced food- thank you.

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

We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We hope to see you again! More 

Essex, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

we went here last year nice atmosphere love the uniforms coffee and cake very good nice staff lovely area will go back on my next visit to Perthshire thanks

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle & Museum. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Had a lovely cake and coffee here. Nice atmosphere and service was good. Compares favourably to other coffee shops. Nice to have a wander round the gift shop too. Will definitely be back.

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Cafe. We love the cakes too! Please do come back again to sample our lovely gift shop and our fabulous Museum! More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The remodelled museum, designed by Scottish firm Anta, is informative and moving with a good use of technology. There's also a superb café and shop.

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle & Museum. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

An excellent museum which contains lots of uniforms, artefacts, and flags of the 42nd Highlanders and the sister regiment. I love this museum as it has a real family feel, as most of the soldiers in the regiment knew each other or were actually related. The museum staff are friendly and very knowledgable about the history of the regiment -... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle & Museum. More 

perth scotland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

great to see the castle restored and built to a high standard with the new shop and restruant and with a high class of staff for your every needs

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle & Museum. Thank you for mentioning our staff - this is always appreciated! More 

West Wemyss, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A little expensive for admission but if it is raining in Perth or you are a military guy then you will find this fills in a morning or afternoon.

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We're sorry you thought our admission charge was a little high - we'd love to hear your feedback on what you would have preferred to pay. We are an independent museum, with no statutory funding - so our fees help keep the building watertight as well as employ professional staff... More 

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