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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 23 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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Perth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

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

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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Guangzhou, China
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39 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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

UK
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Stylish welcoming moving - warm welcome and very friendly volunteers - one disappointment was the lack of books to spend my money on : need more books in the shop!

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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. Thank you for your comments about the range of books we have for sale - we will improve this so hopefully next time you visit you will see a difference! More

Perth
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7 reviews 7 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Recently updated and extended, this is a must for those with a regimental connection, those into Militaria, and those that enjoy history. Very old building with long standing military connection, tucked away beside the North Inch. Don't miss it.

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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 thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

if spending the day in perth centre, the black watch museum is a must visit. Lots of displays with information, great café and gift centre.

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

Delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and our cafe. Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. More

Perth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a beautiful place to go for lunch it's so tranquil. Plenty of parking spaces really is well worth a visit.

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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 Trip Advisor and we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and lunch at The Black Watch Castle and Museum. More

Belford, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
34 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was a really well designed attraction. I only expected to be here for half an hour or so, but I stayed for over 3 hours, although part of that was down to the excellent quality of the cafe and the interesting shop which was far better than anywhere else I've visited. The exhibits were all clearly explained and laid... More

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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 Trip Advisor. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to The Black Watch Museum and stayed so long! More

UK
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308 reviews 308 reviews
167 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A fantastic display of memorabilia and exhibits charting the scottish highland regiment from its beginnings to its current status in the British Army. This is for all ages as there are interactive displays and engaging audio/video displays. The cafe is recommended with plenty of room and specials on offer which are good portions. I would recommend a good few hours... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to give us such a brilliant review on Trip Advisor and we're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum so much. More

Perth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Would recommend this to anyone. Will not be disappointed, great history, friendly , will make you very welcome.

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

Thanks for taking the time to give us such a great review on Trip Advisor and we agree - they are the best regiment in the world! More

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