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- We visited the Ship, Discovery center and the lovely gift Shop. The service was excellent and the center was informative. We have been here before but still learned more. Our best experience was AMY at the HUT CAFE
She provided splendid serviceWritten September 18, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My husband and I visited this fascinating museum during a tour of Scotland’s East Coast. It is situated in Dundee, about 20 minutes walk from our hotel down near the Tay and the new V & A. It is a little hidden away but not too tricky to find. It is dedicated to the history of the city’s important Jute industry, that dominated the economic life of Dundee for many many decades. It also however, covers the lives of those who worked in the industry, and considers its relationship with shipping, ship-building and whaling, three other pivotal industries for the city.
The museum is situated in a handsomely restored jute mill. The workings of the industry and the raw material is explained, and there are opportunities to see many of the original machines operating. The many uses are shown, with interesting and imaginative exhibits. If all this sounds slightly dry and school-like, please don’t allow me to mislead you, because it is not. The volunteers who show you round and demonstrate the machines are knowledgable, enthusiastic and amusing, and endlessly helpful.
The two best bits, for me were:
First, the amazing Boulton and Watt Steam Engine from 1801. This is so rare, because it is so old, and still in working order (though not with steam) making this of world class importance as an exhibit. And it was made in my own home town, Brum!
Second, the superb, original, immaculately preserved, office, with the huge wooden desks and filing cabinets, the ancient typewriter and copying tool for making duplicates of letters. Brilliant.
There is also a nice little shop, a very good café and excellent, clean loos.
We thought this was one of the most interesting and best staffed museums we have visited in ages. Thank you very much for a great visit.Written September 20, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Unicorn Preservation Society maintain this ship and I would have gone for the name of the organisation alone. I discovered it on Doors Open Day and was amazed to be able to wander all over a war ship built just after the Napoleonic Wars ended. She is one of the first oak and iron ships and stuffed with cannon that were probably never fired. There are also video interviews with Wrens who trained on her in the Second World War and I was so pleased to see women's history included in the exhibit. She is floating in Victoria Dock in Dundee and worth visiting before she is lifted into dry dock if fund raising is successful. There is something so alive about a huge wooden ship that is moving on the water, especially if you snuggle up in one of the hammocks below decks. Don't miss it.Written September 25, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Lovely building both inside and out. Reminds me of natural history museum.
Friendly staff and interesting exhibits especially about local historyWritten September 18, 2023
- Fantastic experience and very informative and helpful volunteers. A must see when in the area. We were delighted that we could take our dog inside the museum and was made very welcome.Written September 21, 2023
- Lovely location by the beach on a grassy headland in attractive Broughty Ferry suburb of Dundee. Free to enter & fun to explore. Rooms right to the top & great view from the roof. Lots of useful & interesting historical information boards. Bring a picnic lunch - plenty of benches along the front with terrific views of the castle, the Tay Estuary & back to Dundee. No cafés, restaurants or pubs to get any refreshment along the attractive front - fairly typical of Scotland! Think I saw an icecream van by the beach...Written August 29, 2023
- The views over the Tayside are amazing great walk to very steep hill but can also drive up if you are not too fit.also down at the waterfront fantastic sports on the river kids and adults alike will love this.the open top bus is a great way to see and hear the history of dundee and very reasonable .Written August 28, 2023
- I went here with my friend and my two children, aged 3 and 9. I was very impressed that it catered to both age groups so well. The only small thing that I would comment on is that I would have liked a longer session as the kids wanted to spend so long on the exhibits that we didn't get round everything as we had lunch at the lovely cafe.
We will be returning in the near future.Written August 17, 2023
- I have visited Balnuith a few times with different members of my family, I never tire of walking the alpacas & Alison makes sure that all visitors have a great experience.Written September 2, 2023
- Nice place to go for a walk, also has a nice play park if you have any children or need to run off some energy.Written August 27, 2023
- . . . Desperate Dan in the sunshine this time, with children clambering all over him for photos. A great magnet in the Square, attracting lots of attention.Written September 5, 2023
- Myself and my husband visited this place last year and really enjoyed our vist this time we went back as we were told that there was a tartan exhibition on we looked round the museum and thought we would vist the exhibition only to find that you have to pay to see it ! £16 per person !! why have you got to pay to see an exhibition in a museum that's free !? So we decided not to bother bit of a rip off in my viewWritten September 13, 2023
- Such a beautiful place.
Very tranquil and very helpful staff that will talk to you about any aspect you want to know about the garden.
A beautiful place to walk around.
You can return at different times of the year and see the garden in its glory.Written September 16, 2023
- Lovely small zoological park. So nice to see well cared for animals with a baby and toddler and great for little ones to toddle about. Delightful to see animals expressing natural behaviour (all looked well cared for, lots of enrichment in enclosures and no signs of stereotypic stress behaviours) and charming for little visitors. Keepers were engaging and knowledgeable about the individual animals personalities. We’ll definitely be back. Only downside was a lack of dairy free snacks at the cafe, but will bring a picnic next time.Written September 13, 2023
- Had a fantastic time kayaking with water sports instructor 'Emily'. She is highly experienced (I am extremely anxious) and I would strongly recommend having a lesson with her! Ian on the front desk is also extremely knowledgeable and he gave me lots of advise and information about the park facilities. Fantastic morning out on the water and very reasonable prices!Written September 3, 2023
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