TOP 20 ATTRACTIONS IN ANGUS & DUNDEE
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In 1320 Scotland's nobles swore their independence from England in the famous "Declaration of Arbroath" in this abbey. It was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion and built in the honour of the Archbishop of Canterbury. When the Stone of Destiny was stolen from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day in 1950 it mysteriously appeared here while the hunt for it was at its peak.
Price: Adult £1.80 Child 75p
Hours: Apr - Sep Mon - Sat 9:30 - 18:30; Oct Mar Mon - Sat 9:30 - 16:30
Details: 01241 878 756
Angus Folk Museum
Visit one of Scotland's finest folk museums and explore life in rural Scotland during the past 200 years. In the reconstructions of a traditional 'but 'n' ben' (room and kitchen) cottage, a farm bothy and minister's parlour, visitors can see the stark differences in the lifestyles between workers and the middle classes. Displayed in a row of charming cottages, built in the 1790s to house estate workers, the Angus Folk Collection has displays covering social history from the cradle to the grave.
Hours: Good Friday - Easter Monday & 1st May - 3rd Oct Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Details: 01307 840 288
Barrack Street Natural History Museum
The most impressive feature of this museum is the actual skeleton of a whale that was washed up on a nearby beach in 1883. There are also various other stuffed animals on display.
Price: free admission
Hours: Mon 11:00 - 17:00, Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
9 Brechin Road
The creator of the eternal magic of Peter Pan, J M Barrie, was born here in 1860. He was the ninth of ten children born to David Barrie, a handloom weaver, and his wife Margaret Ogilvy. See the imaginative exhibition about this famous novelist and dramatist with life size figures, miniature stage sets, dioramas, theatre posters and stage costumes, while a darting light, 'Tinkerbell', moves around the room. Don't miss the little wash house - Barrie's first theatre, and the inspiration for the Wendy House.
Hours: Good Friday - Easter Monday & 1st May - 3rd Oct Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:30, Sun 13:30 - 17:30
Details: 01575 572 646
Enjoy the sight and sounds of an early 19th Century working mill, the splash of the water wheel, the sound and smell of grinding grain. There are a number of fascinating machines - fanners, elevators, sieves and a sack hoist - all still in use. Displays reveal the important place the Mill once held in the community, not least as a place for local gossip. A delightful walk follows the mill lade through an apple orchard, with its picnic tables, and past the mill pond.
Hours: Good Friday - Easter Monday & 1st May - 3rd Oct 11:00 - 17:30
Details: 01241 856 761
Explore the Country Park at Brechin Castle Centre and discover how man has shaped the landscape since the times of the ancient Picts. Along the specially developed Nature Trail you can visit the ornamental lake, home to the ducks, waders and gulls and see the wetlands area. On the farm trail you can come face to face with pigs and ponies, goats and geese and see something of past farming practices including a display of traditional implements.
Details: 01356 626 813
Discovery Point is the home to Captain Scott's famous ship RRS Discovery. Discovery was one of the last wooden three masted ships to be built in Britain and the first to be constructed specifically for scientific research. Launched in 1901 it was the beginning of an adventure that would take her deep into the unknown waters of Antarctica and secure her place in the heroic age of polar exploration. Explore the actual ship Scott sailed in. See the Wardroom where he planned his epic journey, see how the ship was built, witness the launch and see her blasted free of crushing pack ice in a dramatic rescue.
Hours: Apr - Oct 10:00 - 17:00 (11:00 Sundays) Nov - Mar 10:00 - 16:00 (11:00 Sundays)
Details: 01382 201 245
One of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland, it was established in 1824. When you visit the place you can meet the people who make Old Fettercairn Single Malt Scotch so special. Discover first hand the secrets of the distilling process that gives this whisky its unique character and makes it sought after by discerning whiskey drinkers worldwide. Learn the history of life in the Mearns, how farming, barley-growing and whisky production has gone hand in hand for generations. Listen to the Fettercairn story; from 1824 to the present day, entertainingly recounted in the comfort of an audio-visual presentation suite. Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria who visited Fettercairn and fondly recalled it as a "small quiet town". See for yourself the magnificent stone archway erected in the village to commemorate her visit.
Price: admission free
Hours: May - Sep Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30 (last tour 16:00)
Details: 01561 340 205
Glamis Castle & Village
Glamis Castle is the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and has been a royal residence since 1372. It is the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, the birth place of Her Royal Highness the Princess Margaret and the legendary setting of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth". Though the castle is open to visitors it remains a family home, lived in and loved by the Strathmore family. The park, landscaped towards the end if the 18th Century, contains the Italian Garden - two acres enclosed within high Yew Hedges and a Nature Trail amongst magnificent Douglas Firs and hardwood trees. Here visitors can enjoy the peace and tranquility of Glamis.
Hours: 27th Mar - 31st Oct 10:30 - 17:30 (July & August from 10:00)
Details: 01307 840 393
HM Frigate Unicorn
His Majesty's Frigate Unicorn, of 46 guns, was built for the Royal Navy in the Royal Dockyard at Chatham, and launched in 1824. The classic sailing frigate was a fast and rakish vessel yet still large enough to carry a useful armament, and it was one of the most successful warship designs of the age. Step on board this historic ship and travel back to the days of Nelson, when Britannia ruled the waves.
Hours: Mid Mar - end Oct 10:00 - 17:00; November - mid Mar 10:00 - 16:00
Details: 01382 200 900
House of Dun
William Adam designed this beautiful Georgian house, overlooking the Montrose Basin nature reserve, in 1730. Early 19th Century refurbishment gave the house its present appearance. Lady Augusta Kennedy Erskine, the daughter of William IV and the actress Mrs Jordan, lived here and collected the many royal mementoes now on display. The house also features superb plasterwork by Joseph Enzer. A gamekeepers' shed, gardeners' bothy, hen house and a rat-proof game parlour are all to be found in the courtyard, which also houses a shop, a handloom weaver's shop and the tearoom.
Hours: Good Friday - Easter Monday & 1st May - 3rd Oct 13:30 - 17:30; Weekends in October 13:30 - 17:30 (last admission 17:00)
Details: 01642 810 264
Visit Britain's biggest and best fully themed children's playcentre. There is over 8,000 square feet of play equipment on four levels including jungle nets, ball swamps, slides, climbing frames and much, much more to make this an unforgettable day out for your kids.
Hours: Saturdays & School Holidays 10:00 - 18:30
Details: 01382 580 540
Kirriemuir Camera Obscura
North East Kirriemuir
The Kirriemuir Camera Obscura is housed in a purpose-designed room within a cricket pavilion situated on the top of Kirriemuir Hill. The Pavilion was gifted to the town by the author and playwright Sir J M Barrie and it is one of only three in the country. The views from the camera obscura are simply stunning.
Hours: Good Friday - Easter Monday & 1st May - 3rd Oct 13:30 - 16:30
Monikie Country Park
This park is an ideal location for a visit to the countryside. The 140 acres of open water, wildflower banks and woodlands are the home to a variety of birds, mammals and aquatic life. Island Pond is an important nesting site for Great Crested Grebes and rare wading birds may be spotted on the Denfind Bird Santuary. The Ranger Service runs a programme of water sport courses from May to September.
Details: 01382 370 202
Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre
Rossie Braes Montrose
Montrose Basin is the 750 hectare enclosed estuary of the South Esk River. Virtually untouched by industrial development and pollution, the basin provides a rich feeding ground for thousands of resident and migrant birds. The daily tidal cycle and passing seasons, each with its own characteristic pattern of birds, winter and summer visitors and passing migrants, ensure something new and different every month of the year. From here you might see eider ducks, pink-footed and greylag geese, otters and much more.
Hours: 1st Apr - 31st Oct 10:30 - 17:00; 1st Nov - 31st Mar 10:30 - 16:00
Details: 01674 676 336
Shaws Dundee Sweet Factory
34 Mains Loan
The visitor centre consists of a viewing area where you can watch the sweetmakers at work, shop and showcases of yesteryear, with a video presentation. Watch the video explaining how sweets are made today and look in our showcases at how they were made in the past. Batches are made approximately every half hour. The last batch of the day is produced about fifteen minutes before closing time.
Hours: Mar - May Wed 13:30 - 16:00; June Mon - Fri 11:30 - 16:00; July & Aug Mon - Fri 11:30 - 17:30 Sep Mon - Fri 11:30 - 16:00; Oct - Dec Wed 13:30 - 16:00 Details: 01382 461 435
West Henderson's Wynd
Experience how people of Dundee really lived over 100 years ago - rich and poor, young and old, at work and play. Get a real insight into their lives, learn how they coped in an era of dramatic change and experience a by gone age. Absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the machine room of a working Jute Mill, sense the earth tremble as the original machines roar into life. Feel what it was like to work here a century ago, and hear the workers' tales as they confide their secrets and tell you of their hopes, dreams and fears.
Hours: Apr - Oct 10:00 - 17:00 (11:00 Sundays); Nov - Mar 10:00 - 16:00 (11:00 Sundays)
Details: 01382 225 282
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