Top 5 sights for first-timers
Imagine the hardships (and comparative luxuries) on Scott’s 1901-1904 Antarctic expedition aboard the RRS Discovery, built in Dundee. Tour the mess deck, where crewmen slept in hammocks, and the wardroom, where the officers and scientists dined off Royal Doulton china. In the galley, cook Charles Clarke baked fresh bread daily and concocted dishes from penguins and seals.
Discovery Point, Discovery Quay
This restored jute mill takes you back to the days when Dundee was the undisputed king of jute at the height of the Industrial Revolution. By the turn of the last century, over 50,000 workers were employed in more than 100 jute mills across the city.
West Henderson’s Wynd
HM Frigate Unicorn
Delve into the depths of this astonishingly well-preserved 46-gun sailing frigate, built for the Royal Navy and launched in 1824. Manned by a crew of 300, the powerful warship was never called up for action, but remained part of the UK’s strategic deterrent.
The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum
A remarkable restoration in 2010 transformed Dundee’s flagship museum. Its galleries document the city’s history (the whaling collection is of particular significance) and highlight Dundee’s importance as a centre for trade via an eclectic collection of global artefacts, from an African helmet mask to a bear claw necklace to a Japanese tea set.
Albert Square, Meadowside
Dundee Contemporary Arts
The city’s modern creative hub hosts a changing programme of thought-provoking exhibitions, talks and art house films. You can also sign up to an array of one-day arty courses, including screen printing, Japanese calligraphy and leather stitching.
Top 5 sights for old hands
When the sun’s shining, head along to the pretty seaside suburb of Broughty Ferry. Enjoy the wide sandy Blue Flag beach, amble along the Esplanade, visit 15th-century Broughty Castle, tuck into fresh mussels at The Ship Inn, and slurp on fabulous ice cream from Visocchi’s.
Broughty Ferry, six kilometres east of Dundee
Just 19 kilometres from Dundee, this fairytale castle has been the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years and was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The castle is open from Easter to December, while the spectacular grounds and gardens remain open year round.
Glamis, near Forfar
Stargaze through a Victorian telescope or count planets using the computerised modern equivalent which can detect an incredible 30,000 celestial objects. Explore space on a live intergalactic tour during fortnightly planetarium shows.
Balgay Park, Glamis Road
Dundee Botanic Garden
Inhale the scent of conifers and wander amid a startling assortment of plants from temperate regions across the globe. Explore herb and water gardens, and discover contrasting rainforest and desert habitats in the glasshouses.
University of Dundee, Riverside Drive
University of Dundee Museums
Visit the university’s Lamb and Tower Foyer Galleries for a regularly changing programme of innovative art and science exhibitions featuring objects from the institution’s own extensive collection of over 20,000 artefacts, artworks and specimens, as well as new works from contemporary artists.
Tower Building, University of Dundee, Nethergate