Dundee is port city on the east coast
of Scotland, 63 miles north of Edinburgh, 66 miles south of
The main attractions are the famous
Discovery Ship that was used in
Antarctic explorations, the McManus Museum and Art Gallery,
and Jute Museum for
when Dundee supplied most of the world
with hessian type cloth.
The City is also known as the home of
the publishers D.C. Thomson with their
comics the Beano and Beezer, where Timex
watches were produced from the 1950s to
1990s, Home Computers from 1981, and some
of the earliest computer games from the
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
The image top is of Discovery Point where
the ship Discovery is docked as a Museum. This
is one of the most famous ships in the world,
used in Antarctic explorations in the early
1900s. The ship is situated a short walk from
the town centre, where the 1 mile long Dundee
Road Bridge crosses the River Tay.
The image second top is of the V&A
Design Museum next to Discovery due to open in
Also on the riverside are the Slessor
Gardens, Wakeboarding at
and HMS Unicorn
Museum at Victoria Dock, a 46 gun warship
launched in 1824.
The Steeple Church
and Market Cross are situated on the Nethergate
close to the High Street. Most of the Church
seen today was completed in 1844. This building
also contains St Mary's Church. Both churches
were damaged by fire in 1841. The Tower dates
to around the 1480s. The tower is the oldest
surviving building in Dundee, used as a Watch
Tower and Prison. Large
The Market Cross was built in 1586 at the
Old Tolbooth. It was moved in front of the
Steeple Church in 1874 after many of the older
buildings in Dundee were demolished.
Dundee City Square on the High Street was
completed in 1923, on the site of an earlier
Town House. A statue of Desperate Dan from the
Beano comic was erected at the City Square in
2001. This is the main shopping area in the
city. The Caird Hall at
the City Square holds many of the top events in
St Paul's Anglican
Cathedral, completed in 1855, is situated
on the High Street by the City Square. This
Cathedral was built on the site of a medieval
castle involved in the First War of Scottish
Independence of the 1300s. That Castle was
besieged by the forces of William Wallace,
Andrew de Moray, and Robert the Bruce.
The McManus Museum and Art Gallery,
completed in 1867, is situated on Albert Square
a short walk northwest of the High Street. The
building gives information on the history of
Dundee with many ship models and information on
Whaling and Jute at Dundee
from the 1820s. In 2018, the McManus hosted an
exhibition for the Beano’s 80th anniversary
between June and October. Hopefully the Museum
will retain much of the exhibition for the
Dundee based DC Thomson that created the Beano.
A statue of Oor Wullie from
the Sunday Post comic strip was unveiled
outside the McManus in 2016.
Centre opened in 2000, a short walk south
of the ship Discovery. The Centre's interactive
exhibits focus on life sciences and the
St Andrews Cathedral and Dundee Contemporary Arts are situated
next to the Science Centre. DCA opened in 1999
with contemporary art galleries, two-screen
cinema, print studio, artwork shop, and cafe
Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral completed
Dundee Law is a
572ft feet high point with great views over the
city and its two long bridges crossing the
River Tay. This hill was used for Prehistoric
Graves dating to about 1500 BC, and as Iron Age
Broughty Castle is situated 5 miles
north of Dundee centre in Broughty Ferry. The
Castle has a popular free museum, and the area
has a sandy beach, kids play, Glasshouse
Restaurant, Vast Rock Garden, and Fast Boat Tours
depart from the Harbour.
Glamis Castle is situated 12 miles
north of Dundee, one of the top Castles to
visit in Scotland. This 1300s castle was the
home of the Queen Mother. Princess Margaret was
born at Glamis Castle in 1930.
800BC - an Iron Age Fort was built at Dundee
Law, a hill in the middle of present day
1000s - Dundee grew as a seaport after
Lion granted Dundee to his younger brother
1292 - Dundee became a Royal Burgh while
under control of David's descendant John
1296 - 1328 - Dundee and its castle were
occupied by English forces during the First War of
1312 - Dundee was re-taken by Robert the
1480s - the Steeple Church is built on
Nethergate by the High Street.
1543 - 1550 - Dundee was extensively damaged
during the 1500s Battles
between England and Scotland as the English
tried to force Mary Queen of Scots to mary the
son of King Henry VIII.
1548 - the English occupiers burned much of
Dundee before fleeing from advancing Scots
1586 - the Market Cross was built by the Old
1645 - Dundee was besieged during the
Wars of the Three
Kingdoms by the Royalists. This war was
over religious difference throughout Great
1651 - Dundee was destroyed by
1688 - James II Stuart was forced to flee to
France during the Glorious
Revolution as English Parliamentarians
claimed he was a Catholic with close ties to
their enemy France.
1689 - John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee,
raised the Stuart standard on Dundee Law in
support of James II. These supporters would
become known as Jacobite's
1716 January 6th - James Francis Edward
Stuart, son of King James II, visited Dundee as
many locals regarded him as the rightful king.
A series of battles were fought between 1715
and 1746 with the Jacobite's finally defeated
by Government forces at the Battle of
1742 - a government subsidy led to large
Mills opening in Dundee for producing Linen and
Twine from Flax and Jute. This industry
employed 50,000 people at one point.
1750s - Whaling out of Dundee to the Arctic
escalated with local shipbuilders building many
Whaling ships. Whale oil was used in the
treatment of Jute, lighting, and in soap.
1820s - Steam Ferries
began operating over the River Tay, over one
mile in distance.
1836 - St Andrew's Catholic Cathedral is
1841 - the Steeple Church and St Mary's were
damaged by fire.
1844 - The Steeple church and St Mary's were
1855 - St Paul's Anglican Cathedral was
1867 - the McManus Museum and Art Gallery
1874 - the Market Cross was moved in front
of the Steeple Church after many of the older
buildings in Dundee were demolished such as the
Tolbooth and Castle.
1878 - the First Tay Rail Bridge was opened
at just under 3 miles long.
1879 December - the First Tay Rail Bridge
collapsed as a train carrying 75 passengers and
crew was crossing with all 75 dying.
1887 - the Second Tay Rail
Bridge is opened next to where the first
1892-93 - the first known photographs of
Antarctica were taken by a Dundee whaling
1893 - Dundee Football
Club was formed.
1901 - the ship RRS Discovery was launched
in Dundee. This ship was famous for being used
in three Antarctic voyages with Captain Scott
1909 - Dundee United
Football Club was formed.
1947 - the US business Timex opens a large
factory in Dundee to make watches for sale
around the world.
1963 - the last Whaling ships in Scotland
were sold off. Mineral and plant oil had had
become more abundant and less expensive to
1966 - the Tay Road Bridge
is opened at over one mile long, replacing the
1969 - Broughty Castle 4 miles north of
Dundee centre is opened as a free museum.
1981 - Timex at Dundee begin manufacturing
ZX81 and ZX Spectrum home computers fo Sinclair
1986 - RRS Discovery was transported to
Dundee to serve as a museum.
1993 - the Timex factory in Dundee
1996 - The Verdant Works
Jute Mill was transformed into a museum showing
machinery and the lives of those who worked in
the Jute Mills.
1999 - the last of the Jute Spinners in
Dundee closed. There were 150 Jute spinners in
Dundee at its peak, 39 by 1950 as many had
relocated to India.
2000 - Dundee Science Centre opened by the
2001 - a 30 year regeneration scheme began
transforming the Dundee Waterside into one of
the top attractions in Scotland.
2001 - a statue of Desperate Dan of the
Beano comic was erected at the City Square.
2013 - Lemings Statues
were erected on Perth Road in Dundee. The
statues are in honour of the company Acme
Software founded in Dundee in 1984 by local
classmates. Lemmings is a dynamic puzzle game
originally released for Amiga in February 1991.
2016 - a statue of Oor Wullie from the
Sunday Post comic strip was placed outside the
2018 September - the V&A Design Museum
opens at Dundee Waterfront.
Today - Dundee is home to a number of Tech
companies involved in the Gaming industry with
games such as Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto.,
fiting considering the City is where the first
modern home computers were built in the
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