When it comes to Scottish cities, Dundee often gets overlooked in favor of larger counterparts Edinburgh and Glasgow. But don’t dismiss this beautiful coastal town, which is full of hidden gems. There are many things to do in Dundee ranging from exploring the history of the city and local area to arts and culture. Yes, you’ll find plenty to like about Dundee. Here are six amazing things to do in Dundee!
Explore the RRS Discovery
Dundee has long been renowned as a haven for shipbuilding dating back several centuries. The RRS Discovery is the last British ship constructed in the three-masted wooden style. In fact, this vessel served on the British National Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton in the early 20th Century. These days, the ship, which is docked at Discovery Point, receives many visitors.
Scotland’s Jute Museum at Verdant Works
Here’s a little–known fact: for many years, Dundee was the main producer and supplier of Britain’s jute. This museum is a testimony to this once-thriving industry that during its heyday employed many local citizens. Check out the interactive displays, film show and other exhibits showcasing this bygone era.
The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum
This amazing Gothic Revival building is home to the city’s primary art collection. This collection includes eight lighted open-plan galleries whose paintings and pieces of art display 400 million years of human history. The McManus also includes a shop that sells fine jewelry as well as a café.
You probably didn’t expect to find a world-class music venue in the heart of this small, seemingly discounted Scottish city. Caird Hall was built in the early 20th Century, named after a wealthy jute industrialist named James Key Caird. This is the home of the city’s primary concert auditorium and is used for welcome and graduation ceremonies by the University of Dundee and the University of Abertay in addition to concerts. If you’re there during the right season, you will get a chance to take in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Even if you don’t get to see a concert, it’s worth just taking a tour of the interior.
As previously stated, the Dundee area is a mecca of Scottish history, much of it dating back to the country’s medieval period. Broughty Castle sits prominently on the banks of the River Tay. There is a tower house in the center of the castle, which spans four floors. Andrew, 2nd Lord Gray, was granted permission to build Broughty Castle in 1490. The fortified residence was completed five years later. Broughty Castle was used as a base during the Second World War and opened as a museum in 1969 when it was designated by the U.K. government as an ancient monument.
Camperdown Country Park and Camperdown House
Camperdown Country Park is an interesting mix of the old and the new. Established in 1946, the park has recreational facilities as well as Camperdown House, a 19th-Century mansion which is now open to the public. The wildlife center is home to over 300 animals, including brown bears and pine martens. If you want to take in some of the breathtaking scenery, there’s no better way to do so than by partaking in a round of golf on the professional 18-hole golf course.