Perth Festival of the Arts Visitor Information
Our performances take place in venues across Perth City centre.
The Festival hub spans Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, both on Mill Street in Perth.
Our ArTay Marquee and Scottish Opera’s Pop-up Opera Roadshow trailer are in the plaza of Perth Concert Hall.
Perth Concert Hall
Perth Concert Hall is a modern space with a stunning auditorium and capacity of 1,186 seated.
The newly-reopened and refurbished Perth Theatre is a historical building that boasts an Edwardian auditorium and studio theatre space. The Theatre is our home for many drama, comedy, music and other performances during the Festival run.
185 High Street
St John's Kirk
The Festival also runs daily schools’ concerts and other choral and instrumental performances St John’s Kirk in St John’s Place.
31 Saint John's Place
Our Festival venues are all within 15-20 minutes’ walk from both Perth Bus Station and Train Station.
Train & Bus
Perth is a central hub for both trains and coaches running North to South and East to West so there are a great many regular services from all of Scotland's large towns and cities. St Johns Shopping Centre is less than 600m from both the city's train and bus stations.
ScotRail and Virgin have many regular services to Perth Station. To find your nearest service use the National Rail Journey Planner facility.
Both the bus and train stations are on Leonard Street. To reach the city's high street, turn right out of the bus station and walk straight ahead out of the train station down Leonard Street. Follow the street down past the back of the AK Bell Library as it becomes Hospital Street.
At the end of Hospital Street, you reach a crossroads with South Street. Follow South Street, slightly downhill, towards the River Tay. St John's Shopping Centre will be on your left about 230m along South Street. The shopping centre exists onto the high street, where you will find an entrance to Perth Theatre.
Local Bus Services
Stagecoach operates a fantastic local service around Perthshire and Kinross, bring regular buses into Perth City Centre from outlying villages and residential areas. There are two bus stops outside our South Street entrance.
Use the Stagecoach Plan My Journey facility for details of the best bus from your current location.
There is city centre parking within 5-10 minutes’ walk of each of our venues.
Electric Charging Points
The electric-car revolution is gathering pace and there are over 18 charging points in Perth City itself, so you can leave your car to charge while you enjoy the festival events.
More information and full list of Charging Points can be found here.
All units are currently free to use and are accessed through www.chargeplacescotland.org using an RFID card, mobile phone app or by telephone. Contact details and chargepoint ID's are displayed on all units. Where parking charges apply, drivers are expected to pay for parking as normal.
Park and Ride
If you prefer not to drive your car into the City Centre there are three Park & Ride sites which which provide convenient parking for all festival venues.
Perth Park & Ride (Broxden)
Perth Park & Ride is on the Glasgow Road approach to Perth, adjacent to the Broxden roundabout. This will drop you in Mill Street.
Scone Park & Ride
Scone Park & Ride is on the A94 approaching Scone adjacent to the Angus Road roundabout. From here you can join the Service 57 to Perth Bus Station
Kinross Park and Ride
Kinross Park & Ride is west of the town centre adjacent to the Sainsbury's supermarket, just off Station Road and within easy reach of the M90 motorway. From here you can join the Stagecoach Service X56 to Perth Bus Station
Where to dine and stay
Perth is a historic city overlooking the River Tay and has an incredible range of restaurants, cafes, hotels and attractions. If you’re coming to the Festival, why not take in a show, a dinner and an overnight stage? A perfect evening, or even better, a perfect weekend in Perthshire.
There are several restaurants in the city that offer pre-theatre menus. Here are some ideas:
Award-winning 63 Tay Street overlooking the River Tay.
Our other venue St John’s Kirk sits in the heart of Perth’s café quarter. From there you can easily reach Willows Coffee Shop, Reids, Cardo, French restaurants Breizh or Café Tabou, and Spanish Tapas restaurant Tapa Vi.
Hotels and B&B
Parklands is a boutique townhouse hotel and provides Perth with an unbeatable combination of quality accommodation and two highly regarded restaurants.
The Royal George Hotel on George Street is a favourite of Perth Festival goers and just around the cover from our venues.
Methven Castle is an idyllic hideaway offering luxury bed and breakfast. Overlooking the Perthshire countryside, it is a private home offering accommodation for those who wish to be out of the limelight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about Perth Festival of the Arts. If you have a different question, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook or Twitter.
When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets for all Perth Festival of the Arts performances will go on public sale on 25 March 2019. Friends of the Festival can buy tickets one week prior to the public sale. To take advantage of the earlier sales period, become a Friend for just £15. Click here for more information.
How do I book tickets?
Our Box Office is operated by Horsecross Arts (Perth Concert Hall). You can buy tickets for all Perth Festival of the Arts events by calling 01738 621031 or online. All events go on sale from 25 March to the public and 18 March to Festival Friends. You can choose to collect your tickets or have them posted out to you.
What concessions or discounts do you offer?
Each event is different. Some of our events are free, with no reservations required. Other events are free but tickets must be booked in advance. Some events will offer concessions for children. Please check each individual event for ticket information. Our 'Best Friends' of the Festival are eligible for multi-buy discounts when they buy tickets for 4 of more events at one time. Click here for more details.
How can I find out if an event is sold out?
Click on the tab at the top of this page called 'What's On' and visit the event page. We will update the site when an event is sold out.
Can I return tickets?
We do not take returns, offer refunds or operate a waiting list.
How do I become a Friend?
Visit our Festival Friends pages to find out more.
Is there a limit on the number of tickets I can buy as a Friend?
Multi-buy discounts for 'Best Friends' are limited to 4 tickets per event. Otherwise, there is generally no limit, within reason. Very occasionally we may choose to limit the number of tickets to each individual for very popular events. If you are having difficulty completing a transaction online, be sure that you have registered with Horsecross Arts (Perth Concert Hall). This is a separate organisation and operates our Box Office for us.
How do I sign up to your mailing list?
You can sign up for our e-newsletter online by completing this form