Things to do

Explore the rich tapestry of Dundee’s vibrant surroundings, as The Shaftesbury Hotel situates you conveniently close to an array of attractions, including the bustling city center, Dundee University, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee Botanic Garden, BMI Fernbrae Hospital, Riverside Technology Park, and the West Park Conference Centre, promising a diverse and enriching experience just moments away.

  • The V&A Dundee
  • The Old Course St Andrews
  • Arbroath Cliffs
  • Glamis Castle

    The V&A Dundee

    V&A Dundee is a design museum in Dundee, Scotland, which opened on 15 September 2018. The V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London. The V&A Dundee is also the first building in the United Kingdom designed by Kengo Kuma.

    The plan for a V&A museum in Dundee originated at the University of Dundee in 2007 when Georgina Follett (then Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) suggested it to the University Principal, Sir Alan Langlands. Subsequently, Joan Concannon, the university’s director of external relations, made a 20-minute pitch to Sir Mark Jones, then director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, in which the case for Dundee was made, including its potential as an anchor for the urban regeneration of the waterfront.

      The Old Course St Andrews

      The Old Course at St Andrews, also known as the Old Lady or the Grand Old Lady, is considered the oldest golf course. It is a public course over common land in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and is held in trust by the St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews clubhouse sits adjacent to the first tee, although it is but one of many clubs (St Andrews Golf Club, The New Golf Club, St Regulus Ladies Golf Club and The St Rule Club are the others with clubhouses) that have playing privileges on the course, along with some other non-clubhouse owning clubs and the general public. Originally known as the “golfing grounds” of St Andrews, it was not until the New Course was opened in 1895 that it became known as the Old Course.

        Arbroath Cliffs

        The seaside town of Arbroath lies on the east coast of Scotland, roughly 15 miles from Dundee. To the north of the town, at the end of the Victoria Park promenade, lie the striking red Seaton Cliffs showcasing Devonian red sandstone formed roughly 410–370 million years ago.

        The erosive power of the sea since the last ice age ended around 15 000 years ago has dominated the development of the Arbroath coastal landforms. These powerful forces have produced high cliffs, the rocky shore platform beneath and the narrow, boulder and gravel bays rather than broader sandy beaches.

          Glamis Castle

          Glamis Castle is situated beside the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. It is the home of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and is open to the public.

          Glamis Castle has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century, though the present building dates largely from the 17th century. Glamis Castle was the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Her second daughter, Princess Margaret was born there on 21 August 1930.

          The castle is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.