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  • The city of Perth and the River Tay at dusk
    The City of Perth and the River Tay at dusk
  • Marshall Place and St Leonard's in the Fields Church, by South Inch, Perth
    Marshall Place
  • Golfers play the 9th hole of the PGA Centenary golf course at Gleneagles, Perthshire
    Ninth hole of the PGA Centenary golf course at Gleneagles
  • Looking up to a dark stage of performers who are back lit by sport lights. Above the stage there are bright orange fireworks.
    Christmas Lights switch-on event, Perth
  • Pedestrians on St John's Street, Perth
    St John's Street, Perth

For a revitalising city break, visit Perth to discover a lively cosmopolitan hub on the banks of the River Tay. Once Scotland's ancient capital, it has now become the country's newest city as civic status was restored in honour of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Explore Perth

Perth may be the country’s newest city, but with its remarkable setting, rich history and vibrant cultural scene, it has plenty to offer visitors.

Follow our handy itinerary and see everything the city has to offer.


With museums such as the Black Watch Castle & Museum, two galleries, and other historic buildings, including Huntingtower Castle, the city offers a wealth of great things to see and do.

Find things to do in and around Perth

Places to eat

The countryside around the city of Perth provides ample delicious local produce - enjoy lunch, dinner at one of the many city restaurants, such as 63 Tay Street, or take a break in a cafe or tearoom.

Eat out in Perth


Picturesquely situated the banks of the River Tay, Perth possesses the energy and dynamism you would expect of a larger city while remaining friendly and compact. As well as restaurants, there are bars and pubs to while away evenings in and venues offering live music, theatre, dance and more.

Plan your night out


The pedestrianised main shopping street and centre are ideal for picking up a present or treat for yourself. Make sure to spend some time browsing in the shops of Perth, which offer everything from the latest fashions to authentic Scottish crafts.


Enjoy a wide variety of events in and around Perth, including large cultural celebrations, such as Perth Festival of the Arts, and the 2014 European Festival of Brass. There are also many music concerts, gigs and theatre performances throughout the year.

Try out a range of outdoor activities at the Perthshire Adventure Festival in June, where you can enjoy many adrenaline-pumping activities, including: kayaking, bungee jumping, rock climbing and there is even the chance to climb a zip wire. 

During the festive season, Perth's Winter Festivals are not to be missed. Discover fantastic family entertainment, events and attractions including the city’s annual Christmas Lights Festival and Santa Parade, as well as Scotland’s first outdoor chocolate festival, a traditional Christmas market, an ice rink, and much more.

Find more exciting events in Perth.

Family things to do

Have a great day out with all the family in Perth, whether you attend special children's events at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, or visit the curious peacocks at Scone Palace and explore the 'tartan' Murray Star Maze.

Find child-friendly attractions in and around Perth

History and heritage

Perth was a prosperous town favoured by King James VI in 1600, who described it as a city. Imagine the historic city scenes as you take a quiet stroll around the city's two spacious parks or admire the elegant Georgian townhouses and quaint cobbled streets. 

Find out more about the history of Perthshire