Dundee’s prosperity was traditionally built on the three J’s – jute, jam and journalism – to which you might add Dundee Cake, whaling, a famous railway bridge, shipping, and a good deal more. Nowadays, as a visitor, you can enjoy a superb legacy of castles and gardens, museums and fine art collections and historic ships as well as a wealth of industrial heritage, a reminder of what made the city great.
Visit Scotland’s most acclaimed new visitor attraction, Discovery Point, which became winner of Scotland’s Tourism Oscar in addition to other awards within months of opening. Discovery Point features the unique national treasure that is Captain Scott’s famous polar exploration vessel the Royal Research Ship Discovery. Its new visitor center is where you can learn about the last great wilderness and re-live the perils of Antartica thanks to superb displays, video techniques and special effects.
Even further back in time, you can imagine yourself as a crew member aboard a 19th Century ship-of-the-line, the Frigate Unicorn. This largely original wooden warship was launched 170 years ago and is the oldest British-built ship afloat anywhere in the world!
Back on dry land, one of Dundee’s most spectacular buildings, the McManus Galleries, will take you on a journey through Dundee’s past. There are local history, archaeology and costume galleries together with a superb Scottish Victorian Art Collection, housed in a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
Browse through the excellent shops in the City Centre including the newly refurbished Wellgate Centre. New pedestrian priority areas and attractive street furniture combine to make Dundee a relaxing shopping centre.
You won’t be able to resist the temptation on offer at Shaw’s Dundee Sweet Factory where you can watch confectionery being made before your very eyes using period machinery and traditional recipes. Everything is explained through a video presentation and, of course, you can buy some sweets to take home.
Nearby Camperdown Country Park with the adjacent Templeton woods, has over 5000 acres of gardens, parkland and woodland for all to enjoy including a challenging 18-hole golf course, award-winning Maritime Play Complex and the Wildlife Centre which is home to the finest collection of Scottish and European Wildlife in the country.
Another interesting place to visit is the nearby Mills Observatory in Balgay Park, the only full time public observatory in the whole of Britain.
A few miles east is Broughty Ferry, a seaside town and one-time resort of wealthy merchants which retains much of it’s original charm and a surprising large number of small speciality shops. It’s small harbour and impressive castle museum guarding the mouth of the River Tay provide a quiet contrast and there’s a vast sandy beach too!