Dundee

[The McManus, Dundee city centre]

Dundee is Scotland's fourth largest city, spreading along the north side of the Firth of Tay with views (and a long bridge) across to rural Fife. Said to be founded upon the three industries of jute, jam and journalism, declining industry has latterly given the city an unfashionable image. But things might now be looking up for beleaguered Dundonians. For too long, the city centre has been divided from the excellent waterfront tourist attractions celebrating Dundee's shipbuilding and seagoing heritage by a tragic mess of dual carriageways. At long last, this area is being drastically remodelled. New public squares, gardens, railway station and even a major art gallery are all planned within an ambitious 30-year development project ending in 2031. In the meantime, many of the sights are still close enough together to explore on foot despite the roads and construction disruption, though it's a steep climb to the city's best viewpoint at Dundee Law.

[City centre seen from Dundee Law]

Name: Dundee ★☆☆
Location (city square): G.R.: NO 403302 / lunch proud salt
Anything else? Head further out from the centre to find free car parking.

[RRS Discovery]

Within walking distance

Name: The McManus ★★☆☆
Description: Excellent museum and gallery housed in a recently refurbished, Victorian Gothic building.
Location: Albert Square, city centre, G.R.: NO 402305 / hang fairly placed
Open (2017): Daily
Cost: Free

Name: Discovery Point ★★☆
Description: Fantastic museum about Dundee's connections with Antarctic exploration - and the ship which carried Robert Falcon Scott there.
Location: Discovery Quay, 10-min walk south of the centre, G.R.: NO 404298 / shrimp stopped backyards
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £9.25 (adults), £5.50 (children); joint ticket with Verdant Works available

Name: Frigate Unicorn ★☆☆
Description: Scotland's only wooden warship, preserved at Dundee Harbour with plenty to explore across four decks
Location: Victoria Dock, 10-min walk east of the centre, G.R.: NO 410304 / give media dollar
Open (2017): Daily, April to October; Thursday to Sunday, November to March
Cost (2017): £5 (adults), £3 (children)

Name: Verdant Works ★★☆
Description: Interactive museum about Dundee's once great weaving and jute industry.
Location: West Henderson's Wynd, 10-min walk west of the centre, G.R.: NO 395304 / trim mats cloak
Open (2017): Daily, late March to October; Wednesday to Sunday, November to late March
Cost (2017): £9.25 (adults), £5.50 (children); joint ticket with Discovery Point available

[Claypotts Castle (February 2014)]

Nearby

>> see separate post for Dundee Law ☆☆ (1 mile away)

Name: Mills Observatory ☆☆☆
Description: Britain's first purpose-built public observatory, with evening planetarium shows in winter, telescopes and displays.
Location: Balgay Hill, 2 miles west of the centre, G.R.: NO 377308 / soaks spaces energy
Open (2017): Daily, October to March; some Wednesdays and Saturdays, April to September (see website)
Cost: Free except for planetarium shows (booking required)

>> see separate post for Claypotts Castle ☆☆☆ (4 miles away)
>> see separate post for Broughty Castle & Museum ☆☆ (5 miles away)

[View west from Dundee Law]

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