Heritage Brought to Life

Discover the stories of Dundee’s people and the city’s industrial past; hear the roar of mill machinery; try Dundee’s famous cake; and more, as the city’s heritage is brought to life in our beautiful 1830s jute mill.

Discovery Repairs: Explore the Build

Experience conservation work undertaken by Scottish engineers using traditional methods, to restore Discovery’s ageing timbers as she approaches her 100th anniversary as a Royal Research Ship in 2025!

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Support us to care for our nationally significant Polar and Jute Collections.

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Our Sustainability Strategy

At Dundee Heritage Trust, we are committed to protecting and sharing our local and global heritage for current and future generations.

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ABOUT US

Keep up to date with news and stories from Discovery Point and Verdant Works Museum.

Polar Publications

Celebrate two iconic publications from within our Polar Collections; the famous South Polar Times compiled on Discovery in 1902, and Shackleton’s rare Aurora Australis.

The Boss
COLLECTIONS

As 2024 marks #Shackleton150, we look at just some of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Discovery story, and how his first trip to Antarctica paved the way for an incredible career in Polar exploration.

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Accessibility Guide

We look forward to welcoming you!

We endeavour to make Discovery point and Royal Research Ship Discovery as accessible as possible.
Our accessibility information is available below.

If you would prefer to speak to someone about your visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Discovery Point Accessibility

Parking

There is a large pay and display car park adjacent to Discovery Point. Parking is free if you display your blue badge.

Physical Access

There is a level entrance to Discovery Point, and all the museum galleries are on the ground floor. A lift to the first-floor offices, conference rooms and Discovery Dome experience is available.

In the museum galleries, light levels vary. There are a number of audio-visual displays.

Temperature varies as you move between the museum galleries and the ship, and some spaces can be quite cold. You may want to bring an extra layer of clothing to put on in this area.

Royal Research Ship Discovery is a historic ship, and the nature of her construction means that full wheelchair and buggy access is not possible. There is a ramp that can be placed at the top of the gangway to provide access to the main deck.

Access to the Bridge or the lower decks is by narrow stairs. Once below decks, there are many changes in level lighting and steep stairs.

In the Odyssey gallery, there is a film show of a tour of the ship above and below decks. This film has both an audio commentary and written subtitles on the screen, for any visitors who cannot access the Royal Research Ship Discovery.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are available for loan at no extra charge, both in child and adult sizes.

Other services, resources and facilities

There is a variety of seating throughout the museum. Adapted toilets are available.

There are induction loops fitted to the audio displays. Within the exhibition galleries, light levels can vary.

Assistance dogs are admitted. Concession rates are available, and carers are admitted free when accompanying the person they care for.

If you need assistance during your visit, staff members will be able to help you. Front-of-house teams wear grey t-shirts and orange lanyards. Members of our Education team are trained in basic Makaton.

We have emergency evacuation procedures for disabled visitors.

Free sanitary products are available in our bathrooms.

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AccessAble is here to take the chance out of going out. To give you the accessibility information you need to work out if a place is going to be accessible for you.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Sensory Bags now available!

Sensory backpacks are now available to borrow from reception, containing the SEN map, an activity sheet, a soft toy, and sensory toys. Our sensory backpacks are free to borrow.

Changing Places

The nearest changing place is located in the V&A, which is located adjacent to our venue.

Other changing places located in the city centre & surrounding area of Dundee include:

V+A Dundee

The V+A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London.

V+A Dundee
1 Riverside Esplanade
Dundee
DD1 4DW

Dundee Science Centre

Modern hub with zones featuring entertaining and educational multimedia experiences and live shows.

Dundee Science Centre
14 Greenmarket
Dundee
DD1 4QB

University of Dundee

One of the UK’s leading universities, internationally recognised for its expertise across a range of disciplines.

University of Dundee
Dalhousie Building
Old Hawkhill
Dundee
DD1 4QB

ODEON Dundee

State-of-the-art chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format, plus family and student deals.

Douglas Rd
Dundee
DD4 7SN

PAMIS

The only organisation in Scotland that works solely with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

PAMIS
15/16 Springfield Rd
Dundee
DD1 4QB

Capability Scotland

Capability Scotland delivers exemplary care, support & education for disabled children & adults across Scotland.

Capability Scotland
Unit 10
City Quay
Camperdown Street
Dundee
DD1 3JA

Dundee College

Whatever your age or background, we offer a wide range of courses to help improve your future study.

Dundee College
Gardyne Campus
Dundee
DD5 1NY

If you have any other queries about making your visit as comfortable as possible, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to help.

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