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  • With such a wealth of attractions on offer in Dundee, it can seem a little daunting deciding on what to see first. At Apex, we thought we'd try and help out, by suggesting our top 10 attractions in Dundee. Of course there's a lot more, but these will get you on your way to exploring all that Dundee has to offer.

    1. R.R.S Discovery

    Ship building in Dundee, once a thriving industry, ceased operating in the 1960's, although one of the finest examples of Dundee ship building, the R.R.S Discovery, is a high profile visitor attraction to this day.

    In popular history, Captain Scott is remembered for his final – tragic –expedition to the South Pole. However, R.R.S Discovery was part of one of Scott’s earlier, and hugely successful, trips to the region. It was launched in Dundee to carry Scott’s crew on the National Arctic Expedition, which lasted from 1901 until 1904. And stepping aboard today is an eerie, fascinating experience.

    2. Verdant Works

    Dundee's history is steeped in maritime and industrial activity, forming the foundations of the modern day city. It's reputation as being born from the three J's, 'Jute, Jam and Journalism' gives little insight into present day Dundee, a vibrant and modern city.

    Indeed most of the Jute factories, textile based industries once thriving in Dundee, have ceased trading, but the impact of Jute on Dundee can be seen at the city's Verdant Works Museum. Once a real, working jute mill in the middle of Dundee, the Jute industry used to employ a staggering 50,000 people.

    3. Museums and Attractions

    Dundee is one of the UK’s hottest cities for all things visual – partly due to the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. The best place to catch up with the latest exhibitions and arthouse films is DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts).

    4. Frigate Unicorn

    Staying with maritime history, you really should see HM Frigate Unicorn – a classic wooden warship which inspires thoughts of swashbuckling and derring-do.

    5. Sensation

    If you’ve got kids in tow – or if you want to appeal to your inner five year old – then pop into Sensation. This is Dundee’s science centre, and as the name suggests, exhibits major on the senses – so there’s lots to see, sniff, touch, taste and hear.

    6. Glamis Castle

    You can’t visit this part of Scotland without taking in a few castles – or a few drams. That’s why you simply have to make time for the Queen Mother’s childhood home, Glamis Castle. Glamis Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive Castles set in a magnificent setting. Children’s activities include - free activity sheet to explore gardens and grounds, free guide book to add interest to castle tour, play area, picnic crea and exhibitions. With stunning architecture, a rich history and beautiful gardens and grounds, Glamis Castle is always a popular destination for a family day out.

    Don't forget, Apex Guests enjoy a 15% discount on a family ticket at Glamis Castle. Simply show your Apex Room Key Card at the time of purchase to benefit from this offer.

    7. St Andrews

    St Andrews is little more than a short hop across the Tay Bridge. The town is steeped in three great traditions – early Scottish Christianity, academia and golf. It’s got a life and buzz all of its own; for a relatively small place, there’s a huge amount going on.

    8. Dundee Rep

    You can also see one of the UK’s most famous theatre groups at Dundee Rep. For a programme that takes in ballet to balladeers, Caird Hall Theatre offers up an intriguing mix of populist and high brow productions.

    9. Scone Palace

    Scone Palace, the crowning palace of Scottish kings, is steeped in Scottish history. It was once the capital of the Pictish kingdom and centre of the Celtic church and is a major feature in Scotlands heritage. Today, it's present occupiers, the Earl and Countess of Mansfield, invite you to visit and experience the grandeur of one of Scotlands finest buildings.

    10. Golf

    How many golf courses are there within 30 minutes of your home? Two? Ten? In Dundee, there are 50 – including the hallowed links courses of St Andrews and of course, there’s the equally-famous Carnoustie. Four!

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