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Discovery Point

Travel back in history and relive the valiant voyages of Antarctic explorers. View multimedia exhibits aboard a traditional wooden ship and floating museum.

Visit Discovery Point at Dundee’s city waterfront to experience the triumphs and troubles of the captain and crew aboard the Royal Research Ship Discovery, an Antarctic exploration ship first launched in 1901. After a long span of usage exploring the polar oceans, the RRS Discovery is now the centerpiece of the fascinating Discovery Point museum.

Check out the magnificent three-masted wooden ship docked in a special mooring at Discovery Point, near where it was built. The museum experience begins within the large octagonal museum building on the quayside. Explore the exhibits and uncover the story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on the British National Antarctic Expedition, which was completed in 1904. This voyage, known as the Discovery Expedition, brought groundbreaking research in Antarctic biology, zoology, meteorology, geology and magnetism back to England.

Trace the journey of the Antarctic explorers through interactive displays. Computer-based multimedia exhibits explain the science brought home by Captain Scott and Shackleton and describe conditions they endured. Watch the audiovisual shows and learn the amazing stories of these revered adventurers.

At the dock, walk along the gangway and onto the main deck of the historic RRS Discovery. The ship has been meticulously restored to its original state. Marvel at the ship’s construction and its intricate rigging system. Descend into the lower decks to find out how the explorers lived during their voyage.

See real artifacts from the time, including Captain Scott’s rifle and pipe. Learn about the games the shipmates played to pass the time or inspect some of their scientific findings, including varieties of sea fauna. View photographs and films that detail the RRS Discovery’s subsequent journeys in the 1920s and 1930s.

Discovery Point and the RRS Discovery are located on the quay of the River Tay. Admission costs include access to the ship. Discounts are available for children and families. Pick up discounted combination tickets for the Verdant Works museum and Glamis Castle for a fascinating insight into Dundee’s history. Dundee’s main train station is adjacent to the museum and the city center is a few minutes’ walk away.


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Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa $61
Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, Scotland
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Car parking is provided but remember that you need to have your ticket validated in order to not be billed.

    Malmaison Dundee $59
    Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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    Malmaison Dundee

    Malmaison Dundee

    44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee, Scotland
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Excellent location and lovely historic building. A standard room is definitely not desirable as they tend to look out upon another building immediately adjacent. But the superior rooms have a superior view. And if only they could figure out how to keep the coffee warm!

      Holiday Inn Express Dundee $50
      Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019
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      Holiday Inn Express Dundee

      Holiday Inn Express Dundee

      41 Dock Street, Dundee, Scotland
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Hotel was perfect for our needs. Nice room bathroom good. Could use shower and toilet independently. Excellent breakfast nice staff. Very happy with everything.

        Sleeperz Hotel Dundee $55
        Reviewed on Jun 8, 2019
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        Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

        Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

        2 South Union Street, Dundee, Scotland
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Lovely views clean modern TV volume set bit too low but ok

          Hampton By Hilton Dundee City Center $55
          Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
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          Hampton By Hilton Dundee City Center

          Hampton By Hilton Dundee City Center

          1 Argyllgait, Dundee, Scotland
             
            4.6 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The property has an excellent location in Dundee. Staff is friendly and attentive. Room was clean and spacious, amenities were okay. Overall the stay was pleasant and I would definitely recommend this hotel to those traveling to Dundee.

            Best Western Queens Hotel $50
            Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019
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            Best Western Queens Hotel

            Best Western Queens Hotel

            160 Nethergate, Dundee, Scotland
               
              3.9 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Friendly staff, lovely clean hotel and comfortable room.

              Hotel Indigo Dundee $50
              Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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              Hotel Indigo Dundee

              Hotel Indigo Dundee

              Lower Dens Mill,constable Street, Dundee, Scotland
                 
                4.7 of 5
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                Nice room, the hotel is in a bit of a strange location but we were happy overall

                Staybridge Suites Dundee $58
                Reviewed on Jun 9, 2019
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                Staybridge Suites Dundee

                Staybridge Suites Dundee

                Lower Dens Mill, Dundee, Scotland
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful building and great location. Friendly and tentative staff, lovely room and great breakfast. Could not have been better.