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  • The exterior of Caird Hall at night, Dundee city centre
    Caird Hall, Dundee city centre
  • HM Frigate Unicorn berthed beside City Quay, Dundee
    HM Frigate Unicorn berthed beside City Quay, Dundee
  • Exterior of Mills Observatory, Balgay Park
    Mills Observatory, Balgay Park
  • Looking along Murraygate in Dundee
    Murraygate, Dundee

Take a walk in the footsteps of some great women on this commemorative trail around Dundee. Explore the lives of 25 fascinating individuals who have left their mark on society, and through them learn about the history and heritage of the city.

Spanning four centuries, the Dundee Women’s Trail uncovers 25 fascinating women who have led extraordinary lives in the city of Dundee and beyond. Using the interactive map you can visit their commemorative bronze plaques scattered throughout this beautiful city and discover how these women helped to shape education, the arts, industry, business, health and social care.

Each plaque is located on a building closely associated with the featured woman, so by following the trail you really can walk through the streets these women knew and take a step back in time by imagining the lives they would have led. Each individual has been recognised for her outstanding achievements and the list includes artists, trade unionists, social reformers, suffragettes, a shipyard welder and a marine engineer.

Great women you can learn about in the trail include Janet Keiller, the inventor of marmalade, Mary Brooksbank, a notable musician and former mill worker who campaigned ardently for greater women’s rights, and Jean Thomson, who is thought to be Scotland’s first female policewoman.

The Dundee Women’s Trail website offers a variety of ways to explore the trail, including an interactive location map, a smartphone guide, a beautifully illustrated book or a downloadable leaflet, all of which contain further details about the trail and the women it commemorates.