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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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MASS
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

They truly are a Royal Regiment that has traveled the world in supporting the cause! Proud to have them in my ancestry.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

There was not much on offer in the galleries and no room in the café on a week day. The gift shop didn't have anything good and very expensive to get in it is crazy not satisfied at all.

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Erskine, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A very welcoming museum with very pleasant staff. The entry fee is maybe a little too much for the amount of time you are likely to spend inside. Still, the quality of the museum is excellent. Very well presented and bags of things to look at and touch.

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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
22 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Very informative museum in gorgeous castle. Paid £7 for adults, £6 for concessions. Took about 1 and half hours to go round. Nice shop and cafe at the end. Well recommended to see the history of the Black Watch.

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Brownsburg, IN
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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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142 helpful votes 142 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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