5 free things to do in Dundee

Date Posted: 01/05/2018

V&A Dundee

Ensure your next group trip to Scotland’s fourth largest city doesn’t break the bank by opting for the best things in life, like design museums and trails taking in amazing architecture.

1. The V&A Dundee

Scotland’s first design museum, the V&A Dundee, will open in September as an international centre of inspiration, discovery and learning. Groups will get to see permanent galleries of Scottish design, as well as an international schedule of changing exhibitions showcasing design from around the world. The museum will be free to enter, with charges for temporary exhibitions.

2. Dundee Law

Despite sounding like it’s something do with education, Dundee Law is actually a 4,000 million-year-old extinct volcano with a 572-foot peak that towers over the city. Historically used as a hillfort and for Prehistoric graves, climbing up to the summit offers the best views of the city, the River Tay and the surrounding landscape.

/Views from Dundee Law to the Firth of Tay with the Kingdom of Fife beyond

Pictured: Views from Dundee Law to the Firth of Tay with the Kingdom of Fife beyond. (Photo credit: VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins)

3. The Architectural Trail

Dundee’s Architectural Trail is free to download and can be independently followed around the city to spot its most inspiring buildings. Whether they are historic or contemporary, public or private, every structure has its own tale to tell. Created in partnership with The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the trail allows groups to experience Dundee’s fascinating history through its buildings in 45-minutes.

4. The McManus Galleries

These galleries, located in a Gothic Revival-style building, are slap bang in the centre of Dundee. The building houses a museum and art gallery with a collection of fine and decorative art as well as a natural history collection. Don’t miss Revealing Characters & Face to Face – a yearlong exhibition on portraiture. Group visits are available to book in advance.

The McManus Dundees Art Gallery

Pictured: The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum. (Photo credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam).

5. Mill’s Observatory

What’s said to be Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory enjoys a magnificent woodland setting on the summit of Balgay Hill. With fascinating space exploration and astronomical displays, planetarium shows and a fully computerised telescope that can detect 30,000 objects in the sky, there’s lots for groups to do – at little-to-no cost at all.

For more on Dundee and its group-friendly attractions, visit www.dundee.com/visit

Lead image: The V&A Dundee. (Photo credit: Ross Fraser McLean).

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