Re­viv­ing The Past

Tourists flock to ex­plore Dundee’s ship­build­ing and jute her­itage

The Scots Magazine - - Focus On… Dundee -

WHILE the Septem­ber open­ing of the V&A Mu­seum of De­sign in Dundee has gen­er­ated much ex­cite­ment across the UK and be­yond, the city al­ready has two five-star Visits­cot­land at­trac­tions that have been sought-af­ter tourist destinations for years.

Dis­cov­ery Point and Ver­dant Works are stun­ning re­minders of two fac­tors of Dundee’s her­itage – its ship­build­ing and jute in­dus­tries.

Dis­cov­ery Point tells the story of the Dundee-built RRS Dis­cov­ery, the ship on which Cap­tain Robert Fal­con Scott sailed to the Antarc­tic in 1901. The ship is cur­rently in dry dock, but you can climb aboard and ex­am­ine the in­te­rior of the ves­sel in which 11 of­fi­cers and 36 men once spent two har­row­ing win­ters frozen in the ice.

Much of the in­te­rior is as it was over 100 years ago, with replica fur­nish­ings, sleep­ing quar­ters and mess rooms. The vis­i­tor cen­tre com­pletes the tour, with

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