In line with the Scottish Government move to Phase 3 we are excited to be able to once again welcome visitors.
To ensure all of our visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit we have made several changes and we will detail these here:
What will be open?
Four months to the day after having to close to the public, we are excited to be able to once again welcome visitors on board the world famous polar research vessel RRS Discovery. A visit will allow you the chance to follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton as you explore the decks of this incredible 119 year old ship. A one way system will ensure you can enjoy your visit in safety, while break out spaces will let other visitors pass you in comfort should you wish to spend longer in any one area, soaking up the atmosphere of a ship that has visited Antarctica on three scientific expeditions.
Our gift shop will also be open, allowing you the opportunity to buy RRS Discovery themed items with everything from jackets and t-shirts through to whisky and wine. We also hold a wide range of polar books and locally sourced Scottish gifts. The gift shop can be visited for free even if you do not wish to explore the ship at this time.
This is a very new offering for us. You may be aware that the area in Antarctica where the Discovery overwintered for two years with Captain Scott and his men is known as Hut Point – well we now have Hut Point at Discovery Point! This is our brand new takeaway cafe, selling tea, coffee and cakes as well as locally sourced homemade snacks made by our in-house cafe team. Relax in the sunshine* on our new quayside outdoor cafe seating area and enjoy the best view in the city: the RRS Discovery of course! Hut Point is available to all and you do not need a ticket to enjoy our award winning food and drink!
*Sunshine cannot be guaranteed (we are good but not that good!)
What is not open yet?
At this stage we will not be opening the Discovery Point exhibitions. We will be working towards this and will open as soon as it is suitable and appropriate to do so and of course we will be updating our websites and social media with all changes as soon as they are planned.
What will it cost?
We have simplified and reduced the admission costs to match the fact that admission is to the RRS Discovery only and does not include the Discovery Point exhibitions. The admission prices for RRS Discovery are:
Adult: £8.95 Child: £5.00 Under 5: free
All paid admission costs will also include a free annual pass, allowing you to revisit as many times as you wish within a 12 month period for no extra cost – this will even give you admission to the full exhibitions when they reopen for no additional charge.
What are the opening times?
RRS Discovery is open seven days a week from 17th July
Opening times are: 10:00 – 16:30 Monday – Saturday (11:00 on Sundays)
Do I need to book? How do I pay?
There is no need to book a ticket in advance. Initially we will follow the system in place at all supermarkets as we feel everyone is now comfortable with how this works and it is the most “normal” situation for all to experience. This will involve a managed queue with social distance markers in place and hand sanitiser stations also provided. There is no need to book a ticket in advance. We will be operating a cashless system with contactless payment encouraged where possible – remember the increased limit of £45 for contactless!
Will I need a face covering?
Yes. All visitors will need to have a face covering on arrival. Our staff will also be wearing these or will be behind protective screens. These measures are to match government guidance and to also provide peace of mind for all of our visitors and staff and we ask you to comply with this rule.
Do I need to leave my contact details?
You may have heard or read that for the purpose of Test and Protect you will have to leave your details. We appreciate that some people will have concerns relating to this and we would like to reassure you the reasons we are taking part and also what will happen with your data.
For the health and safety of our visitors and staff we are recording the name and contact details of everyone who visits (or the lead person in a party) to support NHS Scotland’s efforts in tackling COVID-19. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland and statutory partners to contact you should you have been in the premises around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in stopping the spread.
In order to assist in the containment of the virus, we will only share your data when it is requested directly by NHS Scotland and statutory partners. This will only be in the unlikely event there is a cluster of coronavirus cases linked to the premises.
We will only collect: Your name and contact telephone number or postal address/email address.
For further information on the NHS Scotland Test and Protect strategy please visit the NHS website
Can I contact you before visiting?
Of course! We would love to hear from you!
We can be contacted through the following options:
T: 01382 309060