HMS Frigate Unicorn

Dundee HM FRIGATE UNICORN

HM Frigate Unicorn is almost 200 years old built in Chatham Dockyard, Kent and was lunched in 1824, It’s one of the worlds most remarkable historic ship, and the last surviving wooden warship in Scotland also one of the worlds six oldest ships.

HM Frigate Unicorn is now preserved as a historic ship and visitor attraction in Dundee, visitors can explore the Golden Age of Sail and the history of the Dundee Navy.

 

In service: 1824 ~ 1964

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Location

South Victoria Dock Road,
Victoria Dock,
Dundee,
Angus,
DD1 3BP

Verdant Works

Dundee Verdant Works

Verdant Works is the only Scotland’s Jute Museum in United Kingdom, it was a former jute mill however it was purchased by Dundee Heritage in 1991. Tells the story of Dundee’s textile industries, focusing primarily on the jute and linen industries.

The trust restored the homes and opened them in 1996 as a museum dedicated to the textile enterprise, an industry that after dominated the city’s economy.

In 1987 the Historic Scotland gave the Verdant a Category ‘A’ listed building, which is the highest category for listing in Scotland, this means the building is a national architectural importance.

The Collections shows the entire history of the jute industry, things like the research and development, end products, quality control checks, manufacturing and engineering.

The jute collections cover the entire history of the jute industry such as manufacturing, quality control, textile engineering and research and development.

 

In 2015, A new area of the museum was turned into an open excessive mill, the excessive mill was original built in 1833.

In 2008, the Jute Collection was named as a Recognised Collection of National Significance.

Location

Address: W Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee DD1 5BT, UK

Dundee Statistics and figures

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Dundee In Numbers

POPULATION

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Population 148,270 2016
Number of Births 1715 2015
Number of deaths 4,842 2012-2014
Average migration in 6,987 2012-2014
Average migration out 6,676 2012-2014
Life Expectancy at Birth Male 75.3 2012-2014
Life Expectancy at Birth female 80.2 2012-2014
Number of people marrying 1,084 2014
Students 15,865 2015

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INCOME AND EARNINGS

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Median Gross Annual Pay (full time) £24,090 (2015)
Median Gross Weekly Pay (All Employees) £380.00 (2015)
number of households in Dundee City 69,534 (2015)
Quarterly Residential Property Prices £134,945 Oct–Dec 2015

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PLACES AND FACILITIES

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Parks 23
Allotments 4
Museums and galleries 11
Shopping Centres 2
Attractions 18
Countryside and wildlife 8
Local History and Heritage 11

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HOUSEHOLDS

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Total number of households (with residents) 69,193 2011
Privately owned outright 15,971 2011
Shared ownership 305 2011
Number of 4 person households 6,309 2011
Number of 5 person households 2,014 2011
Number of 3 person households 9,779 2011
Number of 2 person households 22,424 2011
Rented from local authority 12,826 2011
Privately rented 12,921 2011
Living rent free 590 2011

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Broughty Castle

Dundee Broughty Castle

Broughty Castle positioned on the bank of the river Tay, it was build it 1495 and has been used as a defensive position for many centuries until 1969 when it opened a museum.

George Douglas, the 4th Earl of Angus who fortified the castle in 1454 and later on his son Archibald Douglas coerced into the ceding the castle to the crown.

The main tower located in the centre of the castle had four floors that was built by Andrew, the Second Lord Gray was granted the castle in 1490.

During the 15th century the castle was under a lot of battles and sieges which destroyed part of it.

During the 1860 the threat of a French invasion prompted that Broughty needs to rebuilt from a ruin to a more modern artillery defense. However due to world war one and two the castle had further altered to it, to improve defenses against the German threat.

Currently the castle now has a Museum which displays the history of the Broughty Ferry, it’s surroundings, it’s people ad the environment and the wildlife that lives nearby.

A small selection of souvenirs, small gifts and postcards are available from the museum shop.

Admission to Broughty Castle is Free.

More information can be found on their website: www.leisureandculturedundee.com

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Monday 10:00 AM– 4:00 PM (closed between October to March)
Tuesday 10:00 AM– 4:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM– 4:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM– 4:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM– 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM– 4:00 PM
Sunday 12:30 AM– 4:00 PM

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Car Parking: Free parking is available at the front of the Castle.

Toilets: Located on the 2nd floor.

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Location

Address: Castle Approach, Dundee DD5 2TF, UK

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Dundee

Dundee facts

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Dundee

 

  1. James Chalmers who invented the Adhesive Postage Stamps was born in Dundee

  2. The First ever radio broadcast was sent from Dundee. “Check 1,2”

  3. The Famous Grand Theft Auto game created by Rockstar North was founded in Dundee.

  4. Dundee has 6 twin cities, Virginia, Alexandria etc.

  5. In 1706, Britain’s first ever elephant dissection was carried out in Dundee by Doctor Patrick Blair.

  6. Dundee’s famous creations are the comics named The Dandy and The Beano, first published in the 1930’s.

  7. Aspirin was first developed by a Dundonian, in Dundee.

  8. There are two universities in Dundee. They are called the University of Dundee and the University of Abertay Dundee

  9. In Dundee, in 1965 the largest European teaching hospital was built.

  10. In Dundee in 1965 construction began on the largest teaching hospital in Europe.

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Dundee Science Centre

Dundee Dundee Science Centre

Dundee technology Centre, previously known as Sensation,  located in the centre of Dundee, and is part of Scottish science centre network.

The exhibits mainly focus on the life sciences however you also find a lot of robotics, exploration of science learning.

The science centre really focus on the five senses: taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing, the centre brings imagination back in the kids and inspire, intrigue and fascinate them.

Immerse yourself in their interactive exhibitions! you can move a ball with the strength of your mind, revel in dramatic technological know-how demonstrations, see yourselves in infrared, morph your self into an ape, check out a criminal offense, and try keyhole surgical treatment or take part in a technological know-how display! An first rate range that takes a complete day to virtually admire it.

discover space within the planetarium, circulate a ball with the energy of your mind, morph into an ape, strive out a few amusing technological know-how experiments, and meet the robots!

Within the technology centre you can find a cafe called infusion that brews Starbucks coffee, with free WiFi plus a gift shop.

 

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Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Location

Address: Greenmarket, Dundee DD1 4QB, UK

McManus Galleries

Dundee McManus Galleries

McManus Galleries is located in a Gothic style building, designed by Architect George Gilbert Scott.

George Gilbert Scott was known as an expert on medieval churches and advocate of the Gothic architectural style.

The McManus Gallery has 8 galleries, which are laid out on 2 floors, you can explore through out 400 million years and how small settlements developed into the a City.

You can explore stunning paintings, early man with in the dundee area, industries past and present with decorative art work, some of the collection are recognised as national significance.

eight gallery themes:

(description of each theme was taken from the McManus Gallery description

  • Here and Now: The majority of the exhibitions feature contemporary arts and crafts, but other subject areas, such as social or natural history, may be featured
  • The Long Gallery: It explores some of the processes that have created the stunning pieces on display and shares some of the inspirations behind the creation of individual ceramics.
  • 20th Century Gallery: This Gallery will showcase the City’s nationally significant collection of twentieth century art through a series of annually changing displays.
  • Landscapes and Lives: Explore the lives of early man and see how a small settlement developed
  • Making of Modern Dundee: Experience the influences that shaped Dundee from the 1850s right up to the present day.
  • What is a Museum: collections give us fascinating insights into peoples lives, tastes and environment.
  • Dundee and the World: The exhibits are grouped around four central themes – Military, Missionary, Merchant and Mystery
  • Victoria Gallery: The original curved red walls, vaulted glass ceiling, ornamental plaster-work and varnished dados create an impressive setting for the City’s

Contact Details:

Telephone number: +44 1382 307200

Website: themcmanus dundee

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Monday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday 12:30 PM –4:30 PM

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Address: Albert Square, Meadowside, Dundee DD1 1DA, UK

Mills Observatory

Dundee Mills Observatory

The Mills Observatory in Dundee  was first constructed in 1935 and was the first purpose-built public astronomical observatory in the United Kingdom.

The observatory is classically styled in sandstone and has a extraordinary 7 m dome, which houses a Victorian refracting telescope, a small planetarium, and display areas.

The dome is one of two made from papier-mâché to survive in the UK, the other being at the Godlee Observatory.

The dome is made from papier-mâché and is one of the two that was made from it, to have survived in the United Kingdom, the other one is called Godlee Observatory which is located in Manchester, England.

The Observatory has two display areas, the main one is in the centre of the building on the ground floor which has pictures and models displays, and also houses the observatory shop, The higher level offers displays of ancient device and records of nearby importance.

You can watch stars and planets via our telescopes, or appreciate the scenery with a few incredible treetop vistas across the silvery Tay.

Telescope 1: 300 mm Schmidt-Cassegrain, New telescope was installed in 2013 with the telescope being: 400mm (16 inch) Dobsonian Reflector.

Opened In October 28, 1935

Admission Free

Location

Address: Balgay Park, Dundee DD2 2UB, UK