Discovery Point

Discovery Point information

Dundee , United Kingdom
Address
Street Discovery Quay
More information
www.rrsdiscovery.com
Prices
adult/child £8.25/5
Opening hours
10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun Apr-Oct, to 5pm Nov-Mar
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Lonely Planet review

The three masts of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's famous polar expedition vessel the RRS Discovery dominate the riverside to the south of the city centre. The ship was built in Dundee in 1900, with a wooden hull at least half a metre thick to survive the pack ice, and sailed for the Antarctic in 1901 where it spent two winters trapped in the ice. From 1931 on it was laid up in London where its condition steadily deteriorated, until it was rescued by the efforts of Peter Scott (Robert's son) and the Maritime Trust, and restored to its 1925 condition. In 1986 the ship was given a berth in its home port of Dundee, where it became a symbol of the city's regeneration.

Exhibitions and audiovisual displays in the main building provide a fascinating history of both the ship and the Antarctic exploration, but Discovery itself – afloat in a protected dock – is the star attraction. You can visit the bridge, the galley and the mahogany-panelled officers' wardroom, and poke your nose into the cabins used by Scott and his crew.

A joint ticket that gives entry to both Discovery Point and the Verdant Works costs £13.50/8.50 per adult/child.