In July 2011, we opened our public visitor and education centre in the Fair Maid’s House in Perth, next door to our headquarters, creating a new geographical heart of Scotland. Anyone is welcome to visit the Fair Maid’s House, which is open to the public over the summer months.
The normal opening hours this year are 1.00pm to 4.30pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 8th April 2017 to 21st October 2017; groups can request a special visit at other times. Admission is free, and donations towards RSGS’s work are welcome. The centre is manned entirely by volunteers, so if you are planning a special journey you may wish to check in advance that it will be open. Email us or phone us on 01738 455050 for further information about visiting, or to ask about being a volunteer guide.
The centre allows us to store and display items of our collection, to host touring exhibitions, and to welcome schools, other groups, and individuals. It provides a base for academic researchers and those planning trips, and for people just wanting to spend time in a beautiful place. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to explain geography and to explore geographical issues, through stories of inspiring people and interesting issues. And it can even be a venue for a wedding or civil partnership ceremony.
The Fair Maid’s House is located in central Perth, just behind the Concert Hall. It is only a mile from Perth Railway Station, less than five minutes’ walk from Mill Street bus stops, and only two minutes’ walk from Kinnoull Street car park.
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The renovation of the Fair Maid’s House to create a centre of excellence for geography in Scotland would not have been possible without the generous support of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund, Perth & Kinross Council, Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, Perth Common Good Fund, The Gannochy Trust, The Forteviot Charitable Trust, Thomson Charitable Trust, J K Cairncross Charitable Trust, The Guildry Incorporation of Perth, The Glover Incorporation of Perth, and RSGS members and supporters. We are grateful to them all for helping us to realise this project.