Present Day

In 1986 a new home was offered by Dundee Heritage Trust and on April 3rd Discovery changed hands from the Maritime Trust to Dundee Heritage Trust. Discovery was welcomed home by thousands who lined the shores of the River Tay and was berthed at Victoria Dock. Today, over 120 years after leaving Dundee, Discovery sits proudly as the centrepiece of the five star Discovery Point Visitor Centre.

Discovery Point is not only a 5-star visitor attraction, it also offers purpose-built conference facilities which overlook the ship, The river Tay and V&A  Dundee. The ship is also a popular venue for special events, both private and corporate.  From a drinks receptions on the main deck, a barbeque on the quayside, weddings and private dining in the Officer’s Wardroom, there are many options to use this iconic ship.


A trip to Discovery Point gives you an insight into the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. RRS Discovery was ‘made in Dundee’ for the first scientific expedition to Antarctica, its special design features were groundbreaking and the attention to detail was precise, and all down to the Dundee ship building talent of the late 19th century

Climb aboard Captain Scott’s ship RRS Discovery where you will follow in the footsteps of him and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs. It’s a fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.

Enjoy a journey of Discovery

– Be inspired by the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration
– Look inside Scott and Shackleton’s cabins
– Discover the unique, often personal, collections on display
– Be amazed by the ingenuity of Dundee’s early design heritage

Spend the day at Discovery Point where you can explore the museum and galleries which transport you back to the shipyard where Discovery was built in 1900, and explore the unique design of a ship built specifically for scientific research in Antarctica.

Find out about the crew and officers and how they were hand-picked for this expedition. Learn about the Antarctic climate and its harsh environment.

Climb aboard RRS Discovery and explore this amazing ship where you will experience how these Antarctic Heroes lived and worked together over 120 years ago …

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