Dundee, Angus in Scotland has roots that trace back to the 800s AD. It wasn't until the 12th century, however, that Dundee actually received its royal charter. Dundee and its surrounding area are filled with historic sites, beautiful gardens and plenty of family opportunities for you to enjoy.
Among the historic sites in the Dundee area is the Church of St. Mary's. This is the current Dundee parish church. Dating back to the 12th century this church was founded by the Earl of Huntington. The Church of St Mary's features wonderful stained glass windows, a new addition than the church itself dating back only to the 19th and 20th centuries. It also features an impressive organ that was installed in the church in 1863.
Dundee is also home to two historic ships. Visitors can view the oldest British-built ship still afloat. The HM Frigate Unicorn is a 46-gun warship that first set sail in 1824. This was among the last wooden ships built as the British Army transitioned to iron warships.
On the RRS Discovery visitors can "journey to Antarctica" with Captain Scott. In 1901 Captain Scott took the Discovery on an epic voyage. After spending two winters in the Antarctic ice the Captain Scott brought the Discovery home in 1904. Now visitors can retrace their journey at the Discovery point museum. Not only do visitors get to see the story of the RRS Discovery you can also see many of the artifacts used by Captain Scott and his crew.
Visitors to the Dundee area of Scotland can tour any one of the numerous castles located here. In Glamis, a town near Dundee, visitors can see the Glamis Castle. This castle was the childhood home to the Queen Mother, Elizabeth and the birthplace of her late daughter Princess Margret.
The Mains Castle, located in Dundee, was built in 1550. Once a fortress it has been wonderfully restored and now serves as a restaurant and function venue. Visitors can enjoy a nice meal while enjoying the beauty of this castle.
Literature lovers should be sure to venture to Kirriemuir during their stay in Dundee. Here you can visit the Barrie's Birthplace Museum. Mr. J. M. Barrie, creator of the famous story Peter Pan, was born in this town. Now the home that he spent the first years of his life is a museum dedicated to his life and family. Here you can see some of Mr. Barrie's personal artifacts and those who love Peter Pan should be sure to visit the Peter Pan Room. Here children can experience flying and enjoy playing with a dressing-up box. The wash house outside served as the inspiration for "Wendy's house" in the story and you can also tour Barrie's first theatre also located on the property.
Families can find many things to do as well. Those with children can enjoy a "hands-on" museum called Sensation. Here the sixty attractions are please touch and give kids and parents and opportunity to explore all five senses.
Dundee, and the surrounding area, is full of history and fun for the entire family.
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