With the stunning neo-classical Camperdown House as its centre-piece, the park covers an area of over 400 acres, and is home to no fewer than 190 species of trees. One of the most popular parks in Dundee, among locals and visitors alike, Camperdown is open all year round and offers a fantastic range of activities and events.
Designed by the architect William Burn, and built by the Duncan family in 1828, the House was named after the Battle of Camperdown.
It was at this battle that Admiral Adam Duncan, the Dundee-born naval hero, triumphed over the Dutch fleet in 1797. Duncan's victory in the battle saved Britain from invasion.
A hero overnight, Admiral Duncan was made Viscount of Camperdown and awarded a pension of £3000 a year - a fortune in these days. The family used the money to build the house. The house is currently closed to the public.
Camperdown Park is now part of the National Tree Collections of Scotland. This recognises the highest quality specimen tree collections in the country and is coordinated by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. In celebration of this achievement, a Camperdown Tree Trail was launched at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival in 2012. The trail highlights the park’s notable and provides interesting information on the park’s arboricultural history.
Explore Camperdown’s most impressive trees by downloading the Camperdown Tree Trail Leaflet (1.14MB PDF). You can also pick up a leaflet at the Rangers’ Office or Forestry Office in Camperdown Park
In addition to the various activities on offer, Camperdown Park hosts a year-round calendar of public events, attracting visitors from all over the country.
Join in the family fun at the Easter Fun Day. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, the stunning displays and the mouth-watering produce at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival, held every year during the first weekend in September.
The ever-popular 'Creepy Crawly Weeks' and 'Meet Santa' events are the highlights of the year among visitors to Camperdown Wildlife Centre, combining an educational element and lots of fun.
So impressed are visitors by the park's various events, they delight in returning year after year. There's so much to enjoy at Camperdown Park, you'll discover that one visit won't be enough!
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The Camperdown Play Complex, situated near the Wildlife Centre, features a state-of-the-art play area with pieces of play equipment to suit different age groups. Slides, climbing nets and suspension bridges are all located around a crow's nest, creating a pirate-ship theme.
by car ...
3 miles from Dundee city centre, following signs for Coupar Angus (A923). The main entrance to the park is situated just off the junction between A923 and Kingsway West (A90).
by bus ...
Take the number 3 / 4 / 4B (Travel Dundee bus) or 57 (Strathtay bus) from Dundee city centre to the park entrance.