Perth City, Culture, History and Sport


The City of Perth is the largest settlement in the Perth & Kinross council area, and its administrative centre. Perth is commonly referred to as The Fair City, in reference to Sir Walter Scott’s story, the ‘Fair Maid of Perth’. Perth was formally a city up until the 1970s, when a re-examination of the definition made it a “former city.” Perth regained its City Status in 2012, becoming Scotland’s seventh city. This was marked by a visit from Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the Scottish leg of her Diamond Jubilee tour. A City Plan has been put in place for the period from 2013-23, to explore new opportunities for the City.


The City has cultural attractions including the 1,200 person Concert Hall in the heart of the city on Mill Street.  Next to the Concert hall is the Perth Museum and Art Gallery (PMAG), which originally opened in the Marshall Monument in 1824 as a library and museum for the Literary and Antiquarian Society of Perth. PMAG is home to a collection of over half a million objects, allowing the exhibitions to rotate and change on a regular basis. PMAG’s collection is a Recognised Collection of National Significance, and includes natural history, archaeology and fine art, amongst other items. PMAG is due to be extended between 2017 Perth Theatre is currently under development to improve the performing arts venue. The area around these three attractions is currently being re-developed to become the ‘cultural quarter’ of the City, enhancing the area around main cultural attractions of the city.

The city is home to the Fergusson Gallery, where collections focus on the life and work of local Colourist J.D. Fergusson, and his partner, the modern dance pioneer Margaret Morris. The building, which was once the Perth waterworks, was renovated and opened as a gallery in 1991.

The Simply Inspired projects come under the umbrella of the Perth Creative Community Collaborative (PCCC), a constituted committee made up of participants of the Simply Inspired groups below, and other members of the Glenearn Art Group and Culture Club Art Group, and supported by partners from NHS Tayside, Adult Learning and Building Community Capacity. The art groups have been funded through the Integrated Care Fund which pays for artists (who started off as volunteers) to deliver the art sessions.

The city is home to two libraries: A.K. Bell and another located in the North Inch Community Campus


There are sports clubs in the city and surrounding area.  The following are some of the clubs currently running in the area: 

Tay Valley Gymnastics Club Perth Doo’cot Cricket Club
Jeanfield Community Sports Clubletham FC Perth Tennis Club
Perth Phoenix Basketball Club Perth Pumas Netball
Perth Shotokan Karate Strathtay Harriers
Saints Table Tennis Club Perth Petanque Club
Fair City Boxing Railway Amateur Boxing
Perth JKS Perthshire Rugby Club
St Johnstone FC. Jeanfield Swifts
Perth Ultimate Frisbee Club Perth Roadrunners
Rossie Priory Cricket Club Grove Menzieshill


There is a 5km parkrun  every Saturday morning on the North Inch, starting at 9:30 in which many people from all age groups get involved in.

Bannatynes Health Club, Cross Fit and Fit4Less are private gyms in the City.

Perth High School received funding for Sport Scotland to develop a new community sports hub and have a committee of sport clubs that oversee out of school hours activites. This will enable the Active Schools Team to offer new sporting opportunities for pupils and means that some sport groups are located in 1 place and can coordinate specialist sports between them.

Live Active Leisure

Perth City is home to many famous sporting attractions. Our great outdoors makes Perth and Kinross a great place to cycle, run, canoe, golf and take part in many other outdoor activities. Live Active Leisure main facilities include Dewars, Bells Sport Centre and Live Active Rodney.

Live Active Leisure offers a range of sport and leisure opportunities across Perth and Kinross. It operates 16 leisure venues throughout Perth and Kinross and works with partners to provide a range of community based activity opportunities for all ages, particularly children and young people.

There are hundreds of Community lead Sports clubs in Perth and Kinross. Live Active Leisure supports many of these groups through BOOST its Sports Development programme.

SCHOOL SPORT – Perth and Kinross has a network of Active Schools Co-ordinators who work together with schools, parents and communities to offer children and young people the opportunities and motivation to adopt active, healthy lifestyles, now and into adulthood.

Being physically active is good for physical and mental health. WELLBEING programmes such as Stride for Life and Activity Referral in place to support the inactive to get active in communities across Perth and Kinross supported by the Wellbeing Team.

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