The most enjoyable way to see a city is through the eyes of a tourist. Dundee is amazing – so good that over one hundred thousand tourists spend nearly £150 million here every year – but when did you last take time experience what it has to offer you and your kids? Here are some of the best places to enjoy with your family this weekend. Not only do they offer a brilliant day out, entry to all of them is free, so they won’t break the bank.
The gorgeous Victorian walls of The McManus (pictured above) are chock full of beauty and excitement. It’s even more interesting today than it was when you were a child, so take your children to discover the magic for themselves. The museum and art gallery is in Albert Square, right in the heart of Dundee, and has eight galleries with items spanning 400 million years.
Monikie Country Park
Pack a picnic and head for Monikie Country Park for a relaxed family day out. The 140 acres of grounds are enough for even the most active child, and a haven for wildlife lovers. There’s a Young Naturalists Club that meets on Saturday mornings, and plenty of opportunity to get out on the water. It’s just the spot for a sunny Dundee day. Monikie Country Park is on Panmure Road, Monikie, Broughty Ferry, DD5 3QN.
Reach for the stars at Mills Observatory. Britain’s oldest public observatory offers a fascinating insight into the heavens, igniting curiosity with planetarium shows, displays, and a computerised telescope. Check opening hours and events before visiting. Mills Observatory is on Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB.
A Riverside Walk
Enjoy the River Tay and Dundee’s gentrified industrial history on an easy walk. A flat circular route starts and finishes near Dundee train station on South Union Street. It utilises footpaths and cycle paths, and only has one major road to cross. Catch the train to the city, or drive and park in nearby carparks at Olympia or the RRS Discovery. If you’re feeling more energetic, a walk up Dundee Law or Balgay Hill will reward you with impressive Dundee views.
You can’t miss Broughty Castle. In a strategic military position on the River Tay just east of Dundee, it has seen a lot of action and has an intriguing tale to tell. Now a museum, Broughty Castle shows this history of what life was like for our ancestors who lived and worked in the area. Broughty Ferry is a top choice for a day out, with an esplanade, park, and sandy beach.
Being a local tourist is fun! Dundee is great and getting even better. Rediscover it this weekend.