Dundee and Angus
48hrs Must See Sights in Dundee
Dundee is a relatively small city and the majority of the sights and shops are best explored on foot as the main city centre area contains the majority of main attractions. If you only a couple of days in the city then you can still see quite a lot, if you spend longer you can also explore the rest of the Angus region which has numerous golf courses and some interesting small towns.
Total Cost: £24.25 (Adult) *(£21.25 with Joint Ticket from Discovery Point)
Day 1: R.S.S Discovery / Verdant Works / Dundee Law
The first day in the city it is best to head to Discovery Point to see the most famous attraction in Dundee ( the tagline of the city is “City of Discovery” after this ship). At Discover point you can buy a combo ticket which will get you a reduced rate when you visit both the R.S.S Discovery and the Verdant Works.
Discovery Point is fairly easy to find in Dundee, it is opposite the railway station under a 10 minute walk from the city centre (head south from Debenhams until you reach the rail station and then cross the road behind the station).
The R.S.S Discovery is famous for being the first ship to reach the South Pole and it the ship was actually built and first launched in Dundee. First you will visit a museum which charts the history of the ship and its Captain before you go outside where you then get the chance to climb aboard the R.S.S Discovery.
After you have finished your tour of Discovery it is on to the Verdant Works which are only a 15 minute walk away. To get there head back towards the city centre and keep walking past Debenhams and then take a left onto the Hawkhill at the roundabout and then walk for a few minutes until you reach West Henderson's Wynd which will be on your right, the Verdant works is on this street on your right.
The verdant works looks at the former bustling Jute industry which Dundee was once famous for and the museum explore the rise and fall of the industry. The building is actually a former textile production factory and many original features still remain from its opening in 1833.
After a visit here, depending on the weather you may want to pay a visit to Dundee Law which is the highest point in the city. The law is around a half hour walk North from the city centre and it is a relatively easy climb to the top, if you have a car you can drive all the way to the top. At the summit you get a fantastic panoramic view of the city.
Day 2: Glamis Castle / McManus Galleries
The Day starts in Glamis which is around 12 miles north of Dundee and here you will find Glamis Castle, which is one of the best castles in the Angus region. If you have a car then it is around a 30 minute drive along the A90 and A928. There is also a bus service which will take you to Glamis, The No 22 leaves Seagate Bus Station and goes to Glamis and then it is then a 20 minute walk from there to the castle.
Glamis Castle dates back 600 years and it is in excellent condition, depending on when you visit there are a number of events which take place on the site from Highland Games to Festivals. The castle has a number of rooms to explore inside and you will learn about the history of the castle during a guided tour of the property.
After a tour you can then explore the grounds at Glamis which include some beautify maintained gardens and nature trails. There is also a restaurant on site which has a good menu and depending on how long you spend at the castle you may want to have lunch here.
After the castle head back to Dundee and next stop is the refurbished McManus Galleries which are in the city centre. The Galleries are easy to find, walk to the North end of Commercial Street and you will find the magnificent Gothic style building.
The museum is free to view and inside you will find a couple of floors filled with exhibits and a variety of interactive displays. The building has art galleries and a museum section and it has become one of the most visited attractions in the city. Learn about the history of the city, including the people, technology and wildlife of the region with a great mixture of interactive displays and exhibits to view.