Welcome to Perth, the spectacular and historic city in the Heart Of Scotland. Situated on the banks of the River Tay, the city of Perth is often referred to as 'The Fair City' owing to its beautiful setting with its enchanting riverside vistas and its many historic buildings.
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With a history stretching back over 800 years, Perth was formerly the Scottish capital and a royal residence. A bustling market town, Perth has a thriving range of markets, including a farmers market every month, a gardeners market, a continental market, art fair and much much more! There's even a traditional medieval fair in late November to celebrate the feast of St. Andrew. This means there's always something to suit everyone in Perth.
Perth city centre plays host to a variety of shops and boutiques along its pedestrianised High Street, not to mention a host of traditional Scottish pubs and more modern bars, restaurants and nightclubs. For those who want to do a bit of shopping there is the St John's shopping centre with over 40 different stores open until 5:30pm and with late night opening until 7pm on a Thursday. In the north of the city there is also the St Catherine's retail park which is within walking distance of the city centre, or can be accessed by a direct bus from Mill Street in Perth. The retail park has stores for clothes, toys, home and garden, pets, diy, sports and electrical goods, so you'll certainly find just what you're looking for.
For those who are interested in something a little more cultural Perth has much to offer. Some of its architectural sights date back nearly a thousand years, all of which are surrounded by the remains of Perth's ancient city walls.
There are also two libraries and Edwardian style theatre showing a range of drama, comedy, dance and pantomime.
The surrounding countryside is stunning, with a range of scenic walking trails enjoyed by visiting ramblers.
And for garden lovers, Perth has a range of Britain in Bloom award winning gardens, including the Bells Cherrybank centre and the exotic Perthshire Gardens Collections containing a stunning range of exotic plants from all other the world.
To soak up some of Perth's interesting history, visitors can see the mixture of castles in the area who each contribute to Scotland's history in the own way. Scone Palace, for example, is where most of Scotland's royalty were crowned and is the ancestral home of the Earls of Mansfield. Elcho castle is a 16th century stately mansion on the banks of the River Tay with a beautiful orchard for visitors to enjoy. The painted ceilings in the eastern tower of the 15th century Huntingtower Castle are worth a look whoever you are and the way the towers have been connected over the years is wonderful to see.
Historically Perth has had a strong religious streak and was dedicated to John the Baptist (indeed, the town was called St. John's Toun or Saint Johnstoun until the 19th century) and those who are interested can visit the Franciscan monastery and the 400 year old Greyfriars' burial ground.
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