Dundee Heritage Trust manages two 5-star, award-winning visitor attractions, Discovery Point, the home of Captain’s Scott’s first Antarctic ship, RRS Discovery, and Verdant Works, a comprehensibly refurbished Jute Mill.
Discovery Point & RRS DIscovery
Built in Dundee in 1901, RRS Discovery was designed specifically for the first scientific research expedition to Antarctica. Dundee was a well-known whaling port with a ship-building industry renowned for constructing vessels strong enough to withstand the ice of the Arctic whaling grounds, so when it came to designing a research ship for Antarctic exploration – Dundee was the obvious choice.
Discovery Point is home to this iconic ship and the museum and galleries that tell her stories. From her maiden voyage in 1901 to Antarctica with Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton, during the ‘Heroic Age of Exploration’ through the years on various ground-breaking expeditions across the world.
This 5-star attraction and purpose-built visitor centre offers a fantastic experience to all visitors. It is packed with films, visual displays, interactives and artefacts, something for everyone. Perfect for a day trip from any location in Scotland, nestled on the banks of the River Tay, adjacent to the new V&A Museums of Design Dundee (opening in the second half of 2018), a visit to Discovery Point will exceed your guests’ expectations.
At Verdant Works you will discover the essence of Dundee, the story of an industry that shaped a city. Between 1841 and 1901 the population of Dundee tripled from 45,000 to 161,000 as the city became overrun by a myriad of Jute Mills, which made Dundee the Jute capital of the world.
This industry was the city’s lifeblood and an important part of the social fabric which forged a strong sense of community. At Verdant Works you will find out about the Mill workers, their lives, and their stories and experience Victorian Dundee and see some of the stunning architecture which enveloped this industry.
This 5-star attraction offers a fantastic experience to all visitors. With over 14 galleries, visual displays, working machinery and the opportunity to see a working Boulton & Watt steam engine, which shows you the scale and spectacle