Planning a city break to Perth? We sent our Marketing Intern, Monika, off to "The Fair City" to explore the best things to do when staying at Perth Youth Hostel this summer.
Earlier this week I had the chance to soak up the sun, history and culture of Perth. Having only passed through when driving to other places I was looking forward to spending the day as a tourist to see what this city had to offer…
The Black Watch Museum was my first stop, located just a 20 minute walk from the train station on an easy to find, signposted route, this place was top of my agenda for the day. I knew a little about the history of the battalion and its place in British history but I was excited to learn more.
I spent around an hour in the museum, moving through the 13 rooms which featured artwork, memorabilia, interactive videos and stories. In some rooms they even had a dress-up area filled with costumes and a mirror to take photos – I didn’t dress up this time but I’d definitely be the first to the clothes rack if I came back again. I thought this was a great idea and they also had colouring-in stations dotted around the museum to keep little ones entertained.
The highlight of my visit was definitely the room dedicated to the Second World War. As I entered, a 40’s radio began playing the radio address by then Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain declaring war against Germany; this was really touching and an insight into life during this turbulent time. It was such a fascinating and informative museum that I think my family and many others would really enjoy so I will be planning a trip back sometime soon!
I then walked for 15 minutes to the Perth Museum and Art Gallery. I’ve loved and visited art galleries since I was a kid so I’m glad I got the chance to visit one in Perth. I didn’t really know what to expect so I was impressed with the quality and variety of the artwork on display. There was a real mix of sculptures, paintings, artefacts, rocks and even taxidermy throughout the gallery which dated as far back as the 13th century. I reckon it’s well-worth the visit; I spent around 45 minutes inside but could have easily spent twice as long if I had more time.
Afterwards I took a break from the sightseeing and headed off for lunch. The city centre seemed to have a restaurant, bistro or coffee shop on every corner so I was spoiled for choice. I had a look online for recommendations to help make up my mind and opted for The Post Box Restaurant which was only two doors down from the art gallery. Their lunch menu wasn’t that extensive but it all sounded so nice. I went for the open steak sandwich which I would highly recommend and although it was an expensive place the quality mirrored this.
The next stop for places to visit was The Fair Maid’s House just a couple of minutes down the road. All I knew before visiting was that this house was the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s book, ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’, and that it is one of Perth’s oldest buildings. It wasn’t until I arrived that I found out this building was now home to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. This meant that I was able to learn about both history and geography! It’s just a small building but there was more than enough to see – I found out more about the family who first owned the house, I was able to see a free exhibition of the entries to the Scottish Landscape Photography Competition, I visited the Earth Room, and finally I saw a huge archive of maps which were held upstairs.
This is the type of building that you stumble upon and it pleasantly surprises you so it is somewhere I would recommend to anyone in and around the area.
These are the places that I managed to see in one day and there as so many more that I wish I had; Scone Palace, Perth Concert Hall and Perth Playhouse are just a few of these. Perth also has such a variety of independent and high-street shops that could rival many other Scottish cities, you could find something for anyone so a day of window shopping (and buying) has got to be on the cards. It’s safe to say that a day is not enough to fully experience Perth – a long weekend or mid-week trip is more like what it would take!
Open 20th June - 22nd August, Perth Youth Hostel is a 30 minute walk into town with regular buses at the front entrance. Perth is a great location for attending well-known local festivals and events this summer, including T in the Park and the Scottish Game Fair.
Biography for Monika Gopal
Monika is a marketing student currently studying at the University of Stirling and about to enter into her third year of studies. As an SYHA intern Monika spent the summer assisting the marketing team by undertaking research for the variety of projects and campaigns run by SYHA.