Scotland’s tourist body has relocated its Dundee information centre to the city’s V&A design museum in a bid to tell more people about the city’s big attractions.
VisitScotland says its new V&A Dundee iCentre – the moniker it uses for info points – will be able to function better from its new home rather than the Dundee City Box Office on City Square.
Staff will be based from behind the counter in the V&A’s main foyer, dispensing advice about local tourist attractions and how to get around the region.
Caroline Warburton, from VisitScotland, said: “This re-location means that our excellent iCentre team can provide advice and information to even more people visiting the city.”
As well as dishing out information on attractions in Dundee and over in Angus, Perthshire and Fife, the iCentre will also sell tickets for these outings and sell a range of locally made products and souvenirs.
Centre worker Eleanor Mitchell said her role would involve telling people about Tayside’s hidden gems beyond just the obvious visitor experiences.
She said: “We keep ourselves up-to-date with what is happening in the community so this can be promoted to visitors and always appreciate when businesses and local groups let us know of events and relevant information so we can pass this on.”
To celebrate its relocation, the iCentre has named some of its favourite local tourist attractions in Dundee and beyond.
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VisitScotland’s top Tayside attractions
- Howff Graveyard, Dundee – Many centuries ago, Mary Queen of Scots visited Dundee and gifted the city Howff Cemetery, which is tucked away in the city centre and boasts many links to the eventful history of Dundee. The cemetery is a curious place, with many gravestones carved with skulls, bones, and other signs.
- Dundee Law – Walk, or drive, to this summit for unparalleled views over Dundee, the River Tay and beyond. The Law rises to a height of 174 metres and is the highest point in the city, but can be accessed on foot, by bus or car; and if you fancy a challenge, try the signposted walking trail “Town to Top” from Dundee City Square to the summit.
- House of Dun, Montrose – This 18th-century laird’s home has recently been upgraded to transform its courtyard buildings into an exciting new visitor experience, celebrating the people of Angus and bringing their stories to life. Step into the wildlife surrounding the house where beautiful formal gardens are bordered by acres of Montrose woodland.
- Broughty Castle, Broughty Ferry – Discover the people, environment, history and wildlife of Broughty Ferry in this amazing 15th century coastal fort, which houses a fascinating museum. It features displays on the life and times of Broughty Ferry, its people, the environment and the wildlife that lives close by. Enjoy stunning views of Broughty Beach and the Tay estuary.
- Arbroath Signal Tower Museum – Located next to Arbroath’s picturesque and historic harbour, the Signal Tower Museum tells the story of the Bell Rock lighthouse – the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse – and of the local fishing and maritime industries.
The opening of the iCentre is the latest development for V&A Dundee, which opened three years ago as part of Dundee’s £1 billion Waterfront regeneration project.
Its eye-catching exterior was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who also designed Japan’s international football stadium.
The museum has since won a number of tourism and architecture awards.
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