2012 saw the ‘Fair City’ regain its official city status after becoming one of three towns across the UK to win the civic honour in a special competition to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. With the Year of Homecoming underway, now is a great time to visit this bustling, compact city, beautifully situated in a fertile valley on the banks of The River Tay
Perth was Scotland's ancient capital for almost five centuries, located just couple of miles from Scone Palace, once home to the Stone of Destiny upon which Scotland’s kings were crowned, and the city possesses its own historic and architectural splendours.
See where John Knox flamed the fires of the Scottish Reformation at St John’s Kirk and discover a wealth of cultural treasures inside the stunning neoclassical Perth Museum and Art Gallery. You can even admire beautiful paintings and sculptures in the city’s former cast-iron waterworks building which now contains the Fergusson Gallery.
No visit to Perth would be complete without take leisurely stroll around the city’s two spacious public parks, the North and South Inch, the former of which James IV is said to have played golf on.
In spite of its tranquil surroundings, quaint cobbled streets and elegant Georgian townhouses, the city boasts its fair share of cosmopolitan delights.
Browse in the historic department store McEwens and wander down the pedestrianised High Street, stopping for a coffee or snack in one of the many cafés. Enjoy an evening meal in one of the city’s fine restaurants which serve everything from delicious Mediterranean cuisine to gourmet dishes prepared by top Scottish chefs using fresh local produce.
Bring the day to a close by taking in a show at the glass-fronted Perth Concert Hall, Scotland’s youngest music and arts venue.
Perth may be the country’s newest city, but with its remarkable setting, rich history and vibrant cultural scene, it has plenty to offers visitors.