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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 21 attractions in Perth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My family and I had a very enjoyable visit to this museum on 14.04.14. The history of the 'Black Watch' is very well presented throughout the museum with excellent campaign displays and militaria. Staff were friendly and helpful during our visit. The restaurant is very spacious and provides a great selection of food for museum visitors. All in all, this... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Recently refurbished museum in a castle with excellent catering facilities. A lot to see and do. Nothing to dislike

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Scotland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

First impressions can count and the first impression here certainly did. We found this little gem of a museum housed in the old Balhousie Castle in a quiet side street in the heart of Perth, as it has been well advertised and well signposted we found it rather than stumbled across it.We had a very interesting day looking round the... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Extremely interesting history of a magnificent regiment. It is well worthwhile getting a guide to explain various aspects and displays - otherwise it is difficult to take it all in. I went round in a small group and took approximately 1.5 hours but could have spent far more time. Will definitely go back and allow plenty of time to go... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A very interesting museum. Enjoyed our visit. Had dinner in the cafe which was excellent. Only criticism was that it was a little cool in the cafe. Staff all very friendly.

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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

They have a room where they hold organised children's event. You sometimes need to book a slot in advance, which we did, my kids had a great time learning about the soldiers, what they used to wear, they made painting, made a scrap book. Becca was great with them. And it was FREE!

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Perth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

The black watch museum provides great information on its history and the conflicts they have been involved in. Plus the new restaurant serves lovely coffee.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I was lucky to get in free as it is out of Season, however I would happily have paid...I did make a donation as I had no admission fee.

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Angus
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The shop staff were not very knowledgeable with the items on sale in the shop area and they evenhad to ask the ex Black Watch soldier and he was not able to give us any details of the period the statue covered so we did not purchase it sadly. The staff too did not know much about the CD of... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I never realised how interwoven into British history the Blackwatch were until our visit to the Museum. I found it fascinating and really informative.

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