Region: Scotland

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Discovery Point, Dundee, DD1 4XA

Contact: 01382 309060



Take a voyage with the early polar explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton in search of an unknown world of snow and ice. Discovery Point is home to the RRS Discovery, the famous Dundee-built research ship which took Captain Scott to the Antarctic in 1901.

Aboard the ship, you will follow in the footsteps of Scott and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their achievements; in the exhibition centre, audiovisual shows, computer interactives and displays of actual artefacts from the voyage tell the story of this heroic age of polar exploration.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

A school visit to Discovery Point and the RRS Discovery enhances classroom teaching with the memorable experience of learning in historic surroundings, and complements classroom topics on explorers, ships, polar lands and wildlife/conservation.

Discovery Point holds a prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

Some comments following school visits:

“One of our most successful class trips, it had a big impact on the pupils’ learning.” (Class teacher)

“The children had a wonderful time – we’ll be back next year!”  (Class teacher)

“The trip was fantastic! Here is a list of the things I liked best…everything!”  (P4 pupil)

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

A school visit includes a guided tour of the RRS Discovery in the company of one of our experienced guides, who will explain the many fascinating features of the ship and describe the routine of shipboard life. Tours normally last around an hour.

The main exhibition centre is self-guiding, so classes can explore this at their own pace.

Workshop activity sessions are also available, which give pupils the opportunity to investigate and explore themes in more detail. These are included free of charge as part of your class visit. For more information about the workshops that are currently available, please contact the Education Officer or visit our website.

We are also happy to tailor a visit to the age and ability of pupils, and to specific topics being covered in the classroom – please contact the Education Officer to discuss your requirements.

What size groups do they cater for?

We have no limit on group size, though larger parties will need to be divided into smaller groups for the guided parts of the visit.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

To get the most out of your school visit, it is worth taking the time to do some advance planning. The Education Officer will be happy to discuss your requirements and make sure you have all the information you need. In addition, you can also take advantage of:

• Free familiarisation visits: Teachers can visit the museum in advance of a class trip at no additional cost.

• Teacher’s Orientation Guides: These printed guides contain a map of the museum along with ideas for activities and points for discussion with pupils. They are available from the Education Office and will also be sent out with your booking confirmation.

• Education Pack: This gives detailed background information about both Discovery Point and Verdant Works, and includes worksheets and activities that can be used in the classroom or during a museum visit. The Education Pack is available on CD, if you would like a copy please contact Education Officer for further details.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers are welcome to make a free familiarisation visit in advance of a visit, and we also have a Risk Advice leaflet that can be downloaded from our website.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Brian Kelly

Education and Community Outreach Officer

Telephone: 01382 309060


What does it cost?

School visits to Discovery Point cost £3.25 per pupil with one adult going free for every 10 children. Additional adults are charged at £6.00 each.

Joint tickets with our other museum, Verdant Works, are also available at £5.00 per pupil and £9.25 for additional adults over the 1-to-10 ratio.

Is specific clothing required?

No – but dress warmly for tours of the ship in winter!

Do you have first aid on site?

There are qualified first aiders on site.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Rooms at Discovery Point can be booked for the use of visiting school groups. These can be used for activity and workshop sessions, packed lunches and for the storage of bags and coats. Please let us know when booking your visit if you require a room for your class. In summer, classes are welcome eat their packed lunches outdoors on the quayside.

The gift shop at Discovery Point sells a variety of souvenirs, toys and novelties as well as ship- and Antarctic-themed items, and a visit here is a popular way of rounding off a trip to the museum. As space in the shop is limited, it is helpful if pupils visit the shop in small groups.

Café at the Point offers a selection of hot and cold snacks and main meals throughout the day, including tea/coffee and soft drinks to take away.

Are there disabled facilities?

The main exhibition centre at Discovery Point is fully accessible, as is the upper deck of the RRS Discovery. There is an audio-visual presentation about the lower decks of the ship for those unable to descend the stairways.

What are your opening days and hours?

Discovery Point is open all year apart from 25th/26th December and 1st/2nd January.
April–October: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm, Sunday 11.00am to 6.00pm
November–March: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm, Sunday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Science & Technology SEN

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Geography History Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December