As times change so do the landscape of our cities. Tayside has seen investment in the area transform the waterfront and surrounding areas, while Aberdeen continues to develop the city centre under a new master plan.
With this in mind our BMW team wanted to put together a list of the top 5 historic places to visit in Tayside and Aberdeen, to remind us that amidst the new, there is always history worth investigating.
Dundee is fast gaining an international reputation for gaming and clothing design but the city has a history of excellence in the textile industry. Situated in the centre of Dundee Verdant Works, also known as Scotland’s Jute Museum is a former Jute Mill, purchased by the Dundee Heritage Trust in 1991 as a homage to the cities textile past.
Verdant Works is the only jute museum in the UK
and tells the story of the Dundee textile industry. Topics covered
include manufacturing, products, research and development and the tools
Aberdeen sits on the banks of the North Sea and the Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a nod to the cities history with the sea.
Based in the Shiprow area of the city the collections in the museum include the discovery of North Sea Oil, shipbuilding and the development of the fishing industry.
Visitors can see models and plans from old ships and learn the history of Aberdeen.
Not many people know that Dundee is home to an extinct volcano in the area of the city known as Law.
Archeologists suggest that human settlers may have used the area as a burial ground around 3500 years ago but Roman pottery has also been found, suggesting that the Romans may have used the area in the first century.
Situated in the centre of the city, Law is accessible from the main A90 Kingsway.
Situated on the banks of the River Dee, the park is of interest not only because of the 44 acres of land, open for the public to explore, but also because of the winter gardens that contain the second largest collection of bromeliads and giant cacti in the UK.
The winter gardens have been open to the public since 1899 and todays still see tens of thousands of visitors each month.
The Howff boasts one of the most significant collections of tombstones in Scotland. The ground itself was granted to the burgh of Dundee in 1564 by Mary Queen of Scots, who instructed that it be used as a burial ground.
Parking is available at all venues and routes to the sights are guaranteed to offer spectacular views. Drive safely and enjoy the history.
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