Free events in Dundee for the full family

Whether you’ve booked a short break to Dundee with the kids or you’re local to the area and are looking for events to pass the time on weekends, we’ve got you covered. The thought of expensive activities can be off-putting but there are a whole host of free events and attractions to keep little ones entertained in the City of Discovery this year. Read on for our list of top free attractions Dundee has to offer, and check out our Visitor’s Guide for more information.

The McManus

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum is often overlooked, however, it offers a fascinating and educational insight into Dundee. The gallery runs a regular programme of free activities and events for all ages that are perfect for keeping the full family entertained. See what’s on here.

Broughty Castle Museum

Just a short 10-minute drive from Dundee, Broughty Ferry is well-known for its coastal town atmosphere and Instagrammable views. The Broughty Castle Museum sits on the seafront beside the River Tay and displays fascinating insights into Broughty Ferry, its people, the environment and the wildlife close by. Not only does the Castle offer picture-perfect views over the River Tay, but it also runs a year-round activity programme and workshops for kids.


Scotland’s first design museum is one of the most popular attractions for people visiting Dundee for a reason. The fascinating museum is packed full of learning opportunities centred around design to inspire people of all ages. It’s the perfect place to take kids, teens and adults alike. Watch kids’ imaginations run wild as they’re transported to a different time and place – we guarantee they’ll want to come back time and time again.

Mills Observatory

Gifted to the people of Dundee in 1935, Mills Observatory is Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory. Admission is free and you’ll see breath-taking views of the stars and maybe even planets through a Victorian refracting telescope. This state-of-the-art-technology allows you to ‘hop’ from one object to another quicker than ever before. The observatory runs a year-round programme of free events for people of all ages so the full family can enjoy a day out at this fascinating venue.

Outdoor activities

Why not explore the great Scottish outdoors and take the kids for a fun family bike ride? Dundee & Angus is full of mountain bike trails for teenagers, cycling routes for families and walking routes for keen explorers. Whether you choose rugged coastlines or rolling landscapes, make sure to check the weather forecast because it is still Scotland after all!

If you like the sound of Dundee, why not stay with us this year? Find out more here.