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Verdant Works

West Henderson's Wynd, Dundee DD1 5BT, Scotland
+44 1382 225282
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Excellent explanation of where jute comes from and how it is treated to become a final produce... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dennis K
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
A surprisingly informative visit

We visited the verdant works "just to put in some time" and are we both glad we did. My wife is not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jock M
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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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Verdant Works | Made in Dundee | One Mill | Many Stories Verdant Works is a world-class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage in the atmospheric setting of a beautifully refurbished Mill building which dates back to 1833. The story of jute and the story of Dundee are inseparable. The industry employed 50,000 people in the city at its peak and supplied much of the world’s demand for jute goods. As you explore the self-led museum at your own pace you will: – Soak up the atmosphere of the cobbled 19th century courtyard – Enter a busy jute office of 1900 and meet some characters of the period – Find out how jute was harvested in India, how and why it came to Dundee and more about Dundee’s bustling docks – Experience the deafening sounds of the machines and see the jute process from raw fibre to woven cloth – See a typical Dundee ‘plettie’, learn about tenement life and the health of the mill workers. – Discover who ‘kettle bilers’ were and all about the reversal of traditional gender roles in Dundee – finding out about mill girls, Suffragettes and the unions. – Visit the Victorian Half-Time School and also see how the workers spent their precious leisure time. – Enjoy drop in family activities in our specially designed Red Box learning hub – Learn about pattern casting, engineering and stop to pick up tips for researching local and family history in our History Hub – Appreciate the stunning mill architecture from the two viewing platforms in the High Mill – Watch in awe as the 1801 Boulton & Watt beam engine chugs into action … and don’t forget to stop by our gift shop and café to get a well-earned cup of tea and Dundee cake!
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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West Henderson's Wynd, Dundee DD1 5BT, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent explanation of where jute comes from and how it is treated to become a final produce. Not too much clutter. Showed how important jute was to Dundee in the heyday. It is a good insight to jute, the process for handling it, and it's...More

Thank Dennis K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the verdant works "just to put in some time" and are we both glad we did. My wife is not really a fan of museums with lots of info to read and lod things to look at, but thats ok because the verdant...More

Thank Jock M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't planning on visiting this museum. But as the day was cold and miserable decided on a whim to give it a visit. So glad we did this museum has things for young and old alike. The staff are informative, friendly and hard working....More

Thank john h
Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself and my sister went to the Verdant Works and had the most amazing day. As some of our family had worked in the jute mill`s it was a great insight to see what it really looked liked and what went on. The whole thing...More

Thank Margot H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not know anything about this place before visiting .. came out with very mixed feeling in the end of my tour ....... brilliant idea to open the Mills- great engineering concept - sad to see it end for the sake of profit making -...More

Thank jagmannnn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a few hours to kill while in the Dundee area so decided to visit Verdant Works, something we had intended to do on prior visits to Scotland but had never gotten around to. We spent two hours there which was hardly enough time...More

Thank BlairboyBoz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing place to visit and learn all about not just the jute industry in Dundee but laods of interesting information about the life in Dundee. The two guides we had ( Bill and Ian) who are both volunteers were brilliant. They were very...More

Thank barbaramartin2014
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A very interesting attraction that brings to life an aspect of a former major industry of Dundee especially if one of the guides explains and demonstrates the machines that were once in use as training aids for the apprentices in the jute industry.

Thank John M
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

You are met at the start of the visit by the Mill manager in 1910 costume. He walked us through the basic history of the mill as a business then we carried on by ourselves. Fantastic demonstrations of the machinery by Lily who actually worked...More

Thank KLSarah
Reviewed 8 November 2017

My son (mid 20's) and I went along because we were in Dundee for a few hours and were looking for somewhere interesting to go. Well we found it! The Verdant Works are well worth a visit. We never knew there was so much to...More

Thank john_abz
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AnonWendover
19 December 2016|
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Response from Stevenpsc | Reviewed this property |
Adult £925 Concession £ 7.25 Child £5.50 Family £27.00 (2+2) Joint Verdanr/Discovery ship ticket Adult £16.00 Con.11.75 Child £9.00 Groups call 01383 309060 Note: u 16 : must be accompanied by adult under 5 :free FREE... More
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kellybm56
5 September 2015|
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Response from Mark M M | Property representative |
Due to ongoing expansion work disabled access to the upper floors of the museum are not accessible at the moment. I can only apologise for this. It is hoped the whole museum will be fully accessible late September. Please... More
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srinrowanbrae
20 June 2015|
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Response from r_david51 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I go along with all that has been said - jump a taxi -go door to door and you'll enjoy them both. Have a nice day.
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