Dundee Architecture and Heritage Skyline Guide launched

Dundee Architecture and Heritage Skyline Guide launched

Today, a new guide to Dundee’s Architecture and Heritage was launched outside Caird Hall. It is hoped that the Skyline guide, which is supported by Dundee’s Place Partnership and Leisure & Culture Dundee, will build on the success of last year’s Oor Wullie Bucket Trail and inspire locals to visit all of the historical gems that the city has to offer in Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.

The guide is in the form of a concertina style leaflet and pulls out to reveal line drawings of 38 landmarks and map of their locations alongside a short history of each of them provided by the Local History Department at Central Library. Featured are popular haunts such as Caird Hall and The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum as well as lesser known treasures like Dundee West Parish Church and Old Clock-tower Warehouse. Also included is the recently renovated DC Thomson Tower, built in 1902, it was designed to resemble an American red stone office block by architects Niven and Wigglesworth.

Stewart Murdoch, Managing Director of Leisure & Culture Dundee said

“The production of the guide is in part a response to last year’s hugely successful Oor Wullie Bucket Trail where thousands of Dundonians and visitors enjoyed visiting statues of the comic character.”

“This guide will let people make up their own route around the city and try over the summer period to visit every one of the sites listed in the guide. We hope that people will engage in that and use the guide in fun and innovative ways to work out aspects like the most efficient route, how long to cycle it and how many steps it takes.”

 Annie Marrs, Project Co-ordinator of Place Partnership said

“The skyline guide gives everyone the opportunity to explore our strong architectural design heritage and adds to the impressive cultural offer we have in Dundee. With so many exciting changes happening in the city this trail allows us a moment to look up our buildings and appreciate that Dundee has always been a place of excellent design.”

Karen Tocher, Business Tourism Manager said

“We are always looking at ways to give conference delegates and their accompanying friends and family a great experience when visiting Dundee and I can see this guide being a handy tool for visitors to find out more about our fantastic architecture and heritage while they are here attending a conference.”

Brett Davidge, Chair of Dundee and Angus Visitor Accommodation Association and General Manager of Apex City Quay said

“The Hospitality industry recognises the huge importance of our history, heritage and architecture and the important role it plays in the stories our city has to tell. These stories are ingrained in the buildings that are abundant in Dundee and Angus and the teams in our Hotels, Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfasts, welcome the guide as a mechanism to showcase these important sites.”

Copies of the guide are available at just £1 in all Leisure & Culture Dundee Libraries, The McManus, Broughty Castle Museum and Mills Observatory and will soon be available in other visitor attractions throughout Dundee.