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  • The ruins of Arbroath Abbey
    Arbroath Abbey
  • A vintage steam engine on the Caledonian Railway, Brechin
    Take a ride back in time in a vintage steam engine on the Caledonian Railway, Brechin
  • Looking towards the RRS Discovery at Discovery Point, Victoria Dock, Dundee
    Discovery Point offers a fascinating insight into the voyage of the RRS Discovery to Antarctica
  • Looking across the beautifully maintained garden of Edzell Castle, a 16th century tower house in Angus
    Edzell Castle, a 16th century tower house in Angus
  • The exterior of Verdant Works, Dundee
    Verdant Works, Dundee

Let your imagination be stirred in the historic attractions of Dundee & Angus with tales of Pictish stones and legendary explorers.

Tour the restored textile factory Verdant Works and learn about Dundee's fascinating jute manufacturing past or explore the RRS Discovery, a legendary vessel that Captain Robert Falcon Scott chartered on his seminal expedition to Antartica. The ship was originally built in Dundee, as the city's shipyards had a long experience of constructuing ships strong enough to sail through the Arctic pack ice.

Dundee's second ship sits nearby at the waterfront, berthed in Victoria Dock. The amazingly well preserved HM Frigate Unicorn is the oldest British-built warship still afloat today.

Walk among the red sandstone ruins of Arbroath Abbey where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed. Learn about this document, in which Scottish nobles swore their independence from England, in the state-of-the-art visitor centre.

At Pictavia you can discover the fascinating story of the Picts, an ancient warrior tribe who inhabited much of the north of Scotland in the first millennium AD.

Visit the beautiful Georgian building, the House of Dun, just 3 miles south of Montrose. This elegant home has a spectacular setting and inside you can see a model theatre display, and some of the finest paintings in the National Trust for Scotland collection.

You can also uncover treasures like the Aberlemno sculptured stones around the area. These richly decorated sculptures record hunting and battle scenes from as far back as the seventh and eighth centuries.

Take a look through the listings and plan a trip to some of the historic attractions in Dundee & Angus.

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  1. Gradings

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    4 Castle


    The beautiful walled garden at Edzell is one of Scotland's unique sights, created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604.

  2. Gradings

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    3 Visitor Attraction


    Caledonian Railway is a heritage steam railway which runs for 4 miles from a unique Victorian terminus station at Brechin to Bridge of Dun.

  3. St Vigeans Sculptured Stones


    Historic Sites


    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    One of the most important and celebrated collections of Pictish carved stones is now re-displayed to reveal the detail of these internationally important carvings at St Vigeans Sculptured Stones.

  4. RRS Discovery


    Historic Ships & Boats


    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    Experience life in the Antarctic with Captain Scott and his crew on the RRS Discovery at Discovery Point. Uncover the tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.

  5. Angus Folk Museum




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    3 Museum


    Discover the area’s rural life at the Angus Folk Museum, located in the village of Glamis.

  6. JM Barrie's Birthplace


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Visit the birthplace of author and playwright JM Barrie, the creator of the much loved Peter Pan.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Dundee City

    The McManus is a magnificent Victorian, Gothic building where art, history and the environment combine to offer a fascinating insight into Dundee.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum


    Welcome to Dundee Museum of Transport, Dundee's latest addition to Scotland's city of culture. We are currently in our temporary premises at Market Mews so why not pop down for a visit!?

  9. Gradings

    Broughty Ferry

    Claypotts Castle is an unusually complete tower house built in the late 16th century for the Strachan family.

  10. Arbroath Abbey


    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys


    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction


    Explore the substantial ruins of a Tironensian monastery, founded by William the Lion in 1178, who is buried in Arbroath Abbey.


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