Go Dundee ‘Xplores’ the city’s design highlights

Xplore Dundee is helping local people understand their own city better, as the bus operator once again supports Go Dundee’s Learning Journey. Their Corporation-livery double decker is lined up to take members of the public on a tour of the city this Saturday (7th November) and will stop at venues celebrating Dundee’s achievement of UNESCO ‘City of Design’ status. 

This annual event is part of Dundee’s Science Festival and is aimed at increasing local people’s confidence and pride in their city, by taking them behind the scenes of key places of cultural, social or economical importance. This year many of the attendees are from Dundee’s various community groups, including the Whitfield Community Choir which, as well as attending the tour itself, will also be performing some of their songs at Verdant Works over lunch.

The itinerary for the 2015 tour includes:

  • Dundee Waterfront/RRS Discovery
  • DC Thomson (Kingsway HQ)
  • High Mill gallery at Verdant Works
  • Maggie’s Centre

At each venue the group will receive a tour of the site and have the opportunity to discuss the engineering, history and architecture of the place with senior managers.  

Managing Director of Xplore Dundee Elsie Turbyne said:

“We’re very pleased to support this event once again, as it’s such a good way for local people to discover the hidden parts of our city and to understand the variety of organisations and industries which give Dundee its character and make it successful. 

“It’s a particularly good year for us to be involved after launching our new branding and buses, which were designed by local students from Dundee and Angus College. I think they perfectly showcase the creative talent here in our city, so participating in this year’s ‘City of Design’ Learning Journey is a natural fit.”

Steve Carter of Go Dundee said:

“Our partnership with Xplore Dundee goes back to the very first Learning Journey in 2009 and their support is crucial to the event. Travelling around the city by bus is the perfect way for local people to engage with the city, and our ‘behind the scenes’ tours give people the chance to take a closer look at places where they wouldn't usually have access. 

“Each venue is chosen carefully to demonstrate a different aspect of Dundee’s accomplishments and this year, as well as celebrating the city’s strengths as a city of research, innovation and science, we’ll also enjoy some of the best examples of design which the city has to offer.”

Published 9th November 2015