University of Dundee

Dundee Discoveries – Past & Present

A series of self-guided walking tours through pioneering scientific research in medicine, biology, forensics, nursing and dentistry from the past to the present

Dundee is now celebrated internationally for its pioneering work in medical sciences, in particular the University of Dundee’s ground-breaking research into cancer, diabetes, drug development and surgical techniques. But the city has many more amazing stories of innovation and discovery in medicine and biology, past and present, and the three walking tours presented here will introduce you to some of the most extraordinary.  

This online resource accompanies a printed map. You can get a copy of the map from Dundee Science Centre or get one posted to you if you're in the Dundee area – due to tier 3 restriction. Please email with your address. A digital version is available here.

Choose your route by clicking on the links below, and don’t forget to share your experience of the tours using #DundeeDiscoveries

Safety notice 

Please follow current Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance while undertaking this activity.

Route 1 - City Centre

Starting at Dundee Science Centre and ending at the former site of Dundee Royal Infirmary, you will wind your way from the waterfront through the city centre learning about the people and places of the past and present. Which Dundee doctor was physician to King James VI? Where was the cholera hospital that aided the treatment of Dundee people during the outbreak of 1832? Learn about the early days of higher education in the City and much more.

Route approx. 3.3 km.

Route 2 - West End and University of Dundee

Starting at Dundee Science Centre and ending at the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, you will get glimpses into the past and the future. Learn about the early days of medical care and where current research at the University of Dundee will take us in the future.

Route approx. 1.5 km.

Route 3 - Ninewells Hospital

This circular route, starting and ending at Mariner Drive car park, allows you to enjoy some of the beautiful grounds that surround Ninewells Hospital. Your route will give you insights into the diverse research into cancer and male fertility to mental health care and heart disease that takes place in the hospital and surrounding buildings.

Route approx. 3 km.

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