Dud­hope Cas­tle

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SIT­U­ATED in the cen­tre of the city, Dud­hope Park is con­sid­er­ably smaller than Cam­per­down but it does boast its own cas­tle.

Built in the late 13th cen­tury, own­er­ship was even­tu­ally passed to John Graham of Claver­house, aka Bon­nie Dundee, and it was from there that he de­parted for Kil­liecrankie in 1689, the bat­tle which re­sulted in his death.

The cas­tle and grounds were bought by Dundee town coun­cil in 1890, and the build­ing was used as a bar­racks in both world wars. A plan by Dundee cor­po­ra­tion to de­mol­ish it in 1958 was never car­ried out and af­ter de­vel­op­ment be­tween 1985 to 1988 it has been used as of­fices for Dundee City Coun­cil and as the Univer­sity of Aber­tay’s Dundee Busi­ness School.

The park it­self has fa­cil­i­ties that in­clude ten­nis courts, a skate­board­ing park, a play area and a five-a-side pitch.

● A time gun was once lo­cated in the cas­tle grounds and fired daily at 1pm. How­ever, this stopped in 1916 so pa­tients in nearby Dundee Royal In­fir­mary would not be dis­turbed. 

Dud­hope Cas­tle

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