Scotland’s fourth-largest city sits on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, looking out to the North Sea. Once a prosperous industrial city, Dundee now prides itself on its blossoming arts scene.
Dundee – ‘One City, Many Discoveries’ – proudly remembers its seafaring and industrial heritage, but in more recent years has emerged as a centre for culture and education. Two universities attract a young population, while an exciting list of cultural, artistic and scientific attractions includes Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition ship, RRS Discovery, the Dundee Rep Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts centre. The V&A museum, which is scheduled to open in 2014, will be a major centre for design and housed in an impressive new environmentally sustainable building.
Name: Glamis Castle
Address: Glamis, Forfar, DD8 1RJ
Tel: 01382 868603
The 12-mile journey from Dundee to Glamis Castle includes an impressive mile-long avenue approach to the French-style fortress, famously the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The castle, gardens and grounds are open to the public by day but make for an excellent setting for corporate hospitality, outdoor events and gala dinners by night. VIP tours include a reception in the 16th century kitchen with whiskey and shortbread. The dining room caters for up to 90 guests with an impressive menu featuring classic Scottish cuisine such as haggis ball in an oatmeal crust.
Address: Greenmarket, Dundee, Tayside, DD1 4QB
Tel: 01307 840393
The Dundee Science Centre is housed in a striking geometric building and has over 80 interactive exhibits based on the senses, which makes it the ideal venue for team building events or an opportunity for quirky breakout sessions, where delegates can try keyhole surgery or morph into an ape. The jewel in the crown is The Prism, a triangular space providing dramatic lighting effects which can be used for conferences, dinners and buffets. There is also an auditorium for presentations to up to 60 delegates, a boardroom for a meeting of up to 12 and the Learning Space for up to 40, with a breakout room. All rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art IT projection facilities.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Name: The McManus
Address: Albert Square, Meadowside, DD1 1DA
Tel: 01382 307200
Reopened last year after a £12million refurbishment, this gothic-style museum and gallery has been voted Dundee’s best-loved building. It houses collections of fine art, ceramics and objects of local history, and is available for corporate events. The Albert Hall has capacity for up to 80 guests, the Victoria Gallery for up to 100, and the more intimate Gothic Hall takes 40 for a reception or 20 guests for a sit-down dinner or meeting.
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Verdant Works
Address: West Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BT
Tel: 01382 309060
An industrial museum set in an old Victorian jute factory (where the material was once processed for use in everything from sacks to espadrille sandals), Verdant Works is ideally suited for meetings of up to 80 delegates for corporate entertaining, meetings and events. The Verdant Suite is a flexible space comprising 1000 square metres in total, plus there is also the auditorium for smaller presentations, available in the evenings; the Boardroom for small meetings; the Machine Hall as a reception space among historical artefacts from the industry; and the Social History Gallery for dinners and drinks receptions.
Name: Dalhousie Building
Address: University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 5EN
Tel: 01382 386751/381313
Part of the University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building is
a purpose-built teaching facility, perfect for events organisers who want technology at their fingertips. It contains four large lecture theatres, forty teaching and seminar rooms and several IT suites with a full range of presentation equipment. The light and airy building opened in July 2007 and was named ‘Best Commercial/Public Building’ by the Dundee Institute of Architects in the same year. Its four lecture theatres range in capacity from 120 up to 196 delegates, while four convenient breakout rooms accommodate between 60 and 20 people. All four state-of-the-art lecture theatres are networked to allow audio and visual access to almost 800 delegates, and videoconferencing facilities are also available on site.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Baxter Park Pavilion
Address: Baxter Park, Bingham Terrace, DD4 7BF
Tel: 01382 307479
Baxter Park and its pavilion were a gift to the people of Dundee in 1863 from linen manufacturer Sir David Baxter. The Italianate building at the centre of the park has a spacious, glass-fronted room with impressive views over the park and River Tay. The space can be transformed into an evening setting for hosting a reception or gala dinner, and the venue provides the opportunity to choose outside catering, working in partnership with the Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau which provides a list of local caterers.
Getting there: Dundee Airport is situated just five minutes from the city centre and offers flights to/from London City, Birmingham, Belfast and Jersey during the summer months. Dundee’s train station is on the East Coast line, with direct rail links to London (in six hours), Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, as well as connections to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.