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We are open! Verdant Works visit information

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?

High Mill, Glazed Alley and Red Box

Four months to the day after having to close to the public, we are excited to be able to once again welcome visitors to our beautifully restored jute mill. Dating back to 1833 and featuring a Boulton and Watt beam engine that goes even further back (1802), the cathedral like space of the High Mill at Verdant Works allows you see the design features from a time when buildings were as beautiful and detailed as they were functional. Open gallery displays and special temporary exhibitions created for the reopening are all included in the visit. The Glazed Alley, with its impressive weighbridge and History Hub, is also being reopened and a newly created short film will soon be available to view in the Red Box!

Gift Shop

Our gift shop will also be open, allowing you the opportunity to buy unique locally sourced Scottish gifts as well as jute products (including some made by our very own volunteers!). The gift shop can be visited for free even if you do not wish to explore the Mill at this time.


Our cafe is also reopening. Initially we will be serving a reduced takeaway menu but you can be sure we have not reduced our quality. You will be able to buy tea, coffee and cakes as well as locally sourced homemade snacks made by our in-house cafe team. If the weather is good why not enjoy your snacks in our beautiful cobbled courtyard – and if it is not quite so sunny you can always enjoy a break in the atmosphere of the Glazed Alley!

What is not open yet?

At this stage we will not be up the Machine Hall, Period Office or Social History Gallery. We will be working towards full reopening 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 reduced the admission costs to match the fact that the visit is not to the whole museum. The admission prices 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.

We are also offering a one off visit price of:

Adult £5.00 and children of all ages free. This admission will not include the free annual pass.

What are the opening times?

Verdant Works will be open three days a week from 17th July

Opening times: 10:00 – 16:30 Friday – 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:

E: enquiries@dundeeheritage.co.uk

T: 01382 309060

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