10 Things to Do in Dundee That You Shouldn't Miss

Ian Borthwick

1. Discovery Point

Discovery Point Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4XA, Scotland Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Ships, Specialty Museums, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 1830 reviews

Discovery Point

MADE IN DUNDEE | DESIGNED FOR ADVENTURE Discovery Point is home to the world famous Antarctic research vessel RRS Discovery. This award-winning visitor attraction tells the story of the Discovery, from her beginnings in Dundee in to her amazing Antarctic expedition and her voyages thereafter. Follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and his heroic team at Discovery Point! Find out about the Heroes of the Ice who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic and hear their stories first hand. As you explore the self-led museum at your own pace you will: Enter the shipyard and find out how and why Discovery was built Learn about the first voyage of Discovery to the most inhospitable place on the earth Walk in the footsteps of Heroes and climb aboard one of the most incredible ships ever built Find out about ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ and explore the crews quarters and the Officers Wardroom Discover more about the ships voyages and journeys after The Discovery Expedition. Don't forget to visit the gift shop for unique Discovery themed items or your very own cuddly toy Emma Penguin. There is also a cafe on site with something for all tastes.

Reviewed By lornald - Hamilton, United KingdomHamilton, United Kingdom

Site seeing trip

Love , love, loved this place . Staff very helpful, excellent exhibition. Full of information, displays and historical items. The ship itself is amazing and very informative. Would give it 10 out of 10 and definitely will be going back with family to see

2. Verdant Works

West Henderson's Wynd, Dundee DD1 5BT, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Museums, History Museums, Historic Sites, Specialty Museums More
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4.5 based on 763 reviews

Verdant Works

Verdant Works | Made in Dundee | One Mill | Many Stories Verdant Works is a world-class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage in the atmospheric setting of a beautifully refurbished Mill building which dates back to 1833. The story of jute and the story of Dundee are inseparable. The industry employed 50,000 people in the city at its peak and supplied much of the world’s demand for jute goods. As you explore the self-led museum at your own pace you will: – Soak up the atmosphere of the cobbled 19th century courtyard – Enter a busy jute office of 1900 and meet some characters of the period – Find out how jute was harvested in India, how and why it came to Dundee and more about Dundee’s bustling docks – Experience the deafening sounds of the machines and see the jute process from raw fibre to woven cloth – See a typical Dundee ‘plettie’, learn about tenement life and the health of the mill workers. – Discover who ‘kettle bilers’ were and all about the reversal of traditional gender roles in Dundee – finding out about mill girls, Suffragettes and the unions. – Visit the Victorian Half-Time School and also see how the workers spent their precious leisure time. – Enjoy drop in family activities in our specially designed Red Box learning hub – Learn about pattern casting, engineering and stop to pick up tips for researching local and family history in our History Hub – Appreciate the stunning mill architecture from the two viewing platforms in the High Mill – Watch in awe as the 1801 Boulton & Watt beam engine chugs into action … and don’t forget to stop by our gift shop and café to get a well-earned cup of tea and Dundee cake!

Reviewed By Swedishtomcat - Diss, United KingdomDiss, United Kingdom

A Juteopolis mill

Superb insight into the workings of a jute mill. You get a real sense of what it was like to work in Verdant Works as the demonstration machines still operate. Bill was only too happy to crank up the machines so you could HEAR JUST HOW LOUD THEY WERE!! We

Albert Square | Meadowside, Dundee DD1 1DA, Scotland Museums, History Museums, Art Museums
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4.5 based on 1048 reviews

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum

The McManus is a magnificent Victorian, Gothic building where art, history and the environment combine to offer a fascinating insight into Dundee. The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, an award-winning Victorian, Gothic building, is home to Dundee's main collection spanning 400 million years and has been at the heart of art and culture in the City since 1867. Eight beautiful open gallery spaces house facinating exhibitions of art, history and the environment, giving a fascinating insight into Dundee. Throughout the galleries visitors can learn about early man in the area, admire stunning paintings and explore artifacts from industries past and present. In addition to the permanent displays, there is a changing programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year. The retail area stocks a wide range of historical reproductions, traditional toys, books and jewellery. The welcoming café with an outdoor terrace boasts an extensive menu.

Reviewed By karenm442 - Horsham, United KingdomHorsham, United Kingdom

History of Dundee is one place

My husband and I stumbled on this little gem in the heart of Dundee. It used to house the public library as well as the museum now it’s just the museum with a smorgasbord of collections. One room included Egyptian archaeological finds, items from the old

4. The Dundee Law

Dundee, Scotland Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations
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4.5 based on 863 reviews

The Dundee Law

Reviewed By ian g - arbroatharbroath

360°Viewpoint!

Conquered the "Laa-Hull"(as known fondly by native Dundonians) a couple of weeks ago when weather was crystal clear, which often is case in Scotland's sunniest city!Our route was from nearly sea-level,actually Henry's Coffee Shop in City Square-you can ma

5. Desperate Dan Statue

High Street, Dundee DD1 1SG, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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4.5 based on 260 reviews

Desperate Dan Statue

Reviewed By JohnC2206 - Inverness, United KingdomInverness, United Kingdom

Easy spotted

What can one actually sat about Desperate Dan, he’s very easily found and very accommodating in allowing you to take his picture

6. Dundee Museum of Transport

Unit E 10 Market Mews Market Street | Market Street, Dundee DD1 3LA, Scotland Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Dundee Museum of Transport

Dundee Museum of Transport tells the stories of local transport pioneers and innovators as well as displaying vehicles from local and national collections. Come along and learn about Dundee’s tram network, railway and marine history. Look around our constantly changing selection of cars, commercial vehicles and buses. Get up close and personal with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and have a look at our recreation of Dundee’s first flying machine. We host transport related events throughout the year, so keep an eye on our website for details of these, and new additions to our collection.

Reviewed By GillianG0 - Aberdeen, Scotland, United KingdomAberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Great Find!

This is such a great place to visit very friendly staff if you love transport this is the place! Not the biggest but still loads to see-well worth a visit!Hello there Gillian, thank you for your review of the museum. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to

7. HMS Unicorn

South Victoria Dock Road | Victoria Dock, Dundee DD1 3BP, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Specialty Museums, Ships More
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4.5 based on 320 reviews

HMS Unicorn

HMS Unicorn is a preserved historic ship and visitor attraction in Dundee. Built in 1824, she is one of the six oldest ships in the world and Scotland's only preserved warship from the Golden Age of Sail. Great fun for all the family, HMS Unicorn is open all year round and boasts four atmospheric decks to explore. So come aboard and join us on the world's most original wooden warship! HMS Unicorn will be closed from Sun 23rd December to Fri 4th Jan. The museum will reopen at 10am on Sat 5th January 2019.

Reviewed By mogsta1960 - Dundee, United KingdomDundee, United Kingdom

Lovely Way To Spend an Hour or Two

We really enjoyed HMS Unicorn. It was fantastic to see such an old vessel so beautifully restored and brought to life. Four decks to explore, lots of displays and tableau to bring things to life. It gave a real feel of how life at sea was for the sailors

8. Broughty Castle Museum

Castle Approach | Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2TF, Scotland Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 478 reviews

Broughty Castle Museum

Broughty Castle sits imposingly at the mouth of the River Tay. Built in 1496 on a rocky promontory, it has faced many sieges and battles. Today, it houses fascinating displays on the life and times of Broughty Ferry, its people, the environment and the wildlife that live close by. The Castle has magnificent views over the river, and is only minutes away from Broughty Ferry Beach and Esplanade. It's a 'must-see' attraction if you're visiting Broughty Ferry, and offers something for everyone, with a changing programme of events, activities and displays.

Reviewed By David S - Uddingston, United KingdomUddingston, United Kingdom

Couple of days away

The castle was closed but the grounds were open so we had a good look around. What a location though, fantastic and well worth even just a walk round.Sorry you didn't find the Castle Open, but managed to look about our grounds, please note our opening tim

9. Camperdown Wildlife Centre

Coupar Angus Road | Camperdown Country Park, Dundee DD2 4TF, Scotland Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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4 based on 362 reviews

Camperdown Wildlife Centre

Reviewed By Rachael S - Dumfries, United KingdomDumfries, United Kingdom

A really lovely place to visit

When you are in Dundee and are looking for somewhere that you and your children will love then the place that I'm about to review is the place for you, and that place is Camperdown Wildlife Centre located within Camperdown Country Park on Couper Angus roa

10. Broughty Ferry Beach

The Esplanade, Dundee, Scotland Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
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4 based on 117 reviews

Broughty Ferry Beach

Reviewed By SandM582 - Perth, United KingdomPerth, United Kingdom

Clean Beach

Love this place for a walk along the waterfront on a brisk day. you don't have to walk on the sand as there is a path but nothing better than getting down there. Its very clean and the dog owners responsible enough to clean up after their animals. Althoug

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