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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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.

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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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Looking down the mahogany table of RRS Discovery's wardroom. At the end of the table, a black and white portrait of Captain Scott is hung. Wooden chairs line each side of the table. Two round white lamps hang above from white overhead beams.
DISCOVERY POINT

Wardroom Dining Experience

In 2000, RRS Discovery was officially designated as one of the most important historic ships in the United Kingdom. She was named as part of the National Historic Ships Committee’s Core Collection of vessels of ‘pre-eminent national significance in terms of maritime heritage, historical association or innovation of technology’. Discovery fits all three categories of significance.  

Dundee Heritage Trust proudly offers guests the chance to experience private dining on the RRS Discovery in the atmospheric mahogany panelled Officer’s Wardroom, where Captain Scott and his officers dined in Antarctica from 1901-1904. This is a truly magnificent and magical venue for any celebration. 

Weddings at Verdant Works

With its unique character and cathedral-like roof space, Verdant Works is a wedding setting unlike any other. Get married in the High Mill, an iconic setting for your magical ceremony. Our experienced team will help you plan your wedding day from the early stages right through to the big day. Our team will pay attention to all the details so you can relax and enjoy the best day of your life. 

For a truly special day, up to 120 guests can join you for your ceremony in the High Mill. This stunning old stone building makes a beautiful, unique location for weddings. After your ceremony concludes, relax and enjoy a drinks reception and delicious canapes in the Glazed Alley and the courtyard. Take advantage of the whole museum for atmospheric photographs as mementoes of your wedding day. In the meantime, High Mill is reset and ready for your return, upon which you and your guests will enjoy your delicious, tailored wedding breakfast. 

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Weddings at Discovery Point

Get married in style on the decks of the Royal Research Ship Discovery: an iconic setting for your magical ceremony, for a guaranteed day to remember. Our experienced team will help you plan your wedding day from the early stages, right through to the big day. Our team pay attention to all the details so that you can relax and enjoy the best day of your life.

For an enchanting day, up to 80 guests can join you for your ceremony on the main deck of RRS Discovery. Stunning panoramic views from the decks, heritage and contemporary design fuse together to make for a breath-taking location. After your ceremony concludes, relax and enjoy a drinks reception and delicious canapes on the sunny quayside. Take advantage of the spectacular views to get some stunning photographs of your wedding day. After pictures, you will be escorted to one of our function suites to be announced to the room where you and your guests will enjoy your tailored wedding breakfast.

VERDANT WORKS

The High Mill Experience

Verdant Works tells the story of Dundee’s social and industrial history in a beautifully refurbished mill, dating to 1833. Including the magnificently restored High Mill,the venue’s unique character provides a special setting for any event, that can be customised to meet your needs. Verdant Works museum has been the site of weddings, exclusive filming, and public talks. It has also been a destination for the Maggies Culture Crawl of Dundee.

Looking down the mahogany table of RRS Discovery's wardroom. At the end of the table, a black and white portrait of Captain Scott is hung. Wooden chairs line each side of the table. Two round white lamps hang above from white overhead beams.
DISCOVERY POINT

Wardroom Dining Experience

In 2000, RRS Discovery was officially designated as one of the most important historic ships in the United Kingdom. She was named as part of the National Historic Ships Committee’s Core Collection of vessels of ‘pre-eminent national significance in terms of maritime heritage, historical association or innovation of technology’. Discovery fits all three categories of significance.

Dundee Heritage Trust proudly offer guests the chance to experience private dining on the RRS Discovery, in the atmospheric mahogany paneled Officer’s Wardroom: where Captain Scott and his officers dined in Antarctica from 1901-1904. This is a truly magnificent and magical venue for any celebration.

DISCOVERY POINT

Drinks Receptions

Relax in the inspiring surroundings of our historic ship. Enjoy the early evening sun and soak up the fantastic view over the River Tay and the V&A, before being whisked off by our tour guides to explore the magnificent ship and discover her unique history. We offer two levels of drinks reception packages for you to choose from.

VERDANT WORKS

The High Mill Experience

Verdant Works tells the story of Dundee’s social and industrial history in a beautifully refurbished mill, dating to 1833. Including the magnificently restored High Mill,the venue’s unique character provides a special setting for any event, that can be customised to meet your needs. Verdant Works museum has been the site of weddings, exclusive filming, and public talks. It has also been a destination for the Maggies Culture Crawl of Dundee.

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Discovery Point

At the heart of Dundee’s glimmering waterfront, Discovery Point and the Royal Research Ship Discovery offer a unique setting for conferences and meetings of all sizes. With a range of room sizes and configurations available, our experienced team are on hand to make your day a resounding success.

Perfectly situated for all travel arrangements, with a host of top-class hotels and accommodation nearby. A truly unforgettable venue, overlooking Captain Scott’s famous Antarctic ship, Discovery.

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Verdant Works

Found in the heart of Dundee’s historic streets, Verdant Works Museum offers homely welcomes to its conference spaces, tailored to your needs by our experienced team. From our atmospheric High Mill steeped in history and grandeur, to our Weavers Room for smaller gatherings, conferences and meetings at Verdant Works Museum leave an incredible impression.

Testimonials

What our clients say

We all had the most wonderful time on the Discovery celebrating my 60th birthday. The young piper was very accommodating, piping us on board and then on the deck to let us have a wee dance. The canapes and drinks were excellent. The tour guide was extremely informative and well-researched, and the dinner was absolutely delicious. The service was also first class. Many thanks for making our family party so memorable.

Conferences – Gwen R

I arrived with my colleagues for a 4 hour course. The staff that looked after us were very attentive friendly and professional. I feel like I could spend a week in Discovery Point and still want more! I enjoyed this building because it made me feel welcome.

Conferences – Rikki K

Participated in a seminar at their conference hall. The view and amenities are good, and the service was on par. Really enjoyed my time there.

Conferences – Sajid K

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Event FAQs

What is your maximum capacity?

Capacity depends on which spaces you hire for your event, and how you would like these spaces set up. Our maximum capacity is 150 at Discovery Point or 200 at Verdant Works. A comprehensive breakdown of capacities for different events and layouts is available on request.

Do you provide catering? Can I bring in external caterers for my event?

We do provide in-house catering which is sustainable and locally sourced, including buffet lunches, formal dinners and refreshments during conferences. Unfortunately, we do not allow external caterers to be brought in for events and have strict policies on organisers catering for their own event with pre-packaged food.

How do I secure my booking?

To secure your booking, you must confirm the rough details of your event with a member of our team. Our friendly Conferences and Events team will discuss your booking contract and deposit payment with you, so you’ll be informed every step of the way. Once we have a signed contract and paid deposit, your date will be fully secured with us.

Contact our Conferences and Events team

If we haven’t answered your question here, or you would like to discuss anything else with us, please fill out this form, or call us:

+44 (0)1382 309060

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