Free things to do in Dundee & Angus

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  • A walking tour through the Angus Glens
    Angus Glens
  • The tower castle stands by the harbour wall.
    Broughty Ferry Castle
  • Lunan Bay, Angus
    Lunan Bay, Angus
  • The exterior of The McManus, Dundee city centre
    The McManus, Dundee city centre

Across Dundee & Angus there are a wide range of activities and free things to do for you and your family to enjoy on a day out.

Free places to go

At the McManus, Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum, you can chart the area’s history from 400 million years ago right up to the present day through the museum's eight galleries. With exhibitions of touring and permanent collections, free events and family drop-in activities, there's a lot to keep you occupied. Another great attraction with free entry is the Mills Observatory, which also has a great programme of events. Offering excellent views of the sky at night, the observatory also has a solar telescope which can be used in day time while its hilltop setting provides beautiful panoramas across woodlands to the River Tay.

There is a lot more to see in Dundee for free, with exhibitions at galleries such as Dundee Contemporary Arts and displays at museums including the D’arcy Thompson Zoology Museum at the University of Dundee. Discovering the city on foot whilst following the fascinating Dundee Women’s Trail is another fantastic cost-free alternative.

Across Angus there are free museums which explore local history and culture, including Broughty Castle Museum which overlooks the beautiful bay of Broughty Ferry, just outside Dundee. Why not explore Angus by following one of the itineraries in the area, such as the Montrose Sculpture Trail and the Angus Heritage Trails? Angus has a very strong Pictish history, and you can appreciate many of the sculptured stones and important sites on the Pictish Trail free of charge.

Free outdoor activities

Whether you want to get on your bike, lace up your walking boots, take out your binoculars or find somewhere with gentle paths and a play park for the kids, you’ll find it in Dundee & Angus for free.

Boasting great cycling routes and mountain bike trails, including the Sidlaw Hills and the challenging ascent of the Law Loop, there’s plenty to enjoy on two wheels in the region. The area is also ideal for walking, with everything from fun country parks like Brechin Castle Centre and Country Park and Crombie Country Park, to more strenuous walks in the Angus Glens.

Walking along pathways such as the Seaton Cliffs Nature Trail and across the area’s beautiful bays and beaches, there are ample opportunities for spotting seabirds and dolphins, amongst other species. It’s free to visit nature reserves, including Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve where rutting red deer can be seen in autumn, and the RSPB Loch of Kinnordy, where ospreys fish close to the hides in summer.

Free events

From winter celebrations to summer festivals, many events in Dundee & Angus are free or very low cost. Some offer free entry, such as Arbroath Seafest and others include free events within the programe, like the Discovery Film Festival.

Look out for exhibitions in museums and art galleries, activities for children during school holidays, ranger services in country parks and other outdoor and heritage events. Annually in September the Doors Open Days weekends offers free entry to a range of attractions, venues and places of interest which usually cost money or are not open to the public.