Lovely as it is to escape the rat race for a few days, it’s also good to engage the brain and enjoy something cultural. But where on earth would you find that if you’re staying at Alexander House?
Well, just under an hour away is the wonderful and vibrant Dundee, Scotland’s fourth biggest city.
Dundee is a coastal city that has grown up on the Firth of Tay estuary. In recent years, there has been significant investment to position Dundee as a cultural centre and destination city, including £1 billion spent on connecting the waterfront to the city centre. This 8km stretch of waterfront is undergoing an incredible transformation, featuring five distinct zones – Riverside, Seabraes, The Central Waterfront, City Quay and Dundee Port. This 30-year project aims to link Dundee’s past to the future and enhance all of its physical, economic and cultural assets.
One of the most exciting things to happen is V&A Dundee. Opened in September 2018, this fantastic museum is right at the heart of Dundee’s regeneration and has already welcomed over 500,000 visitors. Designed by award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Associates, the company was awarded the work following an international competition – the museum is Kuma’s first UK project.
The design of V&A Dundee
Kuma’s vison is for everyone to enjoy their visit and socialise in a ‘living room for the city’, a way of reconnecting the city to its historic River Tay waterfront. The architecture is stunning. Cutting-edge technology has been used to ensure a highly sustainable building, which uses renewable energy. Most exciting of all is the 1,650 square metres of gallery space.
Dundee couldn’t be a better location for the V&A’s first foray outside of London. The city is well connected by road and rail to the likes of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. And with Dundee’s airport only a short distance away, you can start to understand why this museum is already well and truly on the map.
The museum has a full and exciting schedule for the year, there will definitely be something for you, from all-day events like the Antiques Roadshow to viewing a new commission by Glasgow-based artist Ciara Phillips.
If the kids are moaning at the thought of a boring museum trip, then Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, which is on until 8 September 2019, should grab their attention! Also, in June there is a sensory-friendly morning with an early opening time for all those who require a more relaxed way to enjoy the museum. All angles have been covered, with fantastic things to attract schools, design for business, families, young people, members and of course all their day visitors.
Now, where to stay?!
Naturally, Alexander House would be just perfect! Enjoy 5-star accommodation in the house itself or choose one of our glamping options – yurts and a cosy cabin on wheels, which would be a perfect retreat for two after a busy day in Dundee!
We look forward to meeting you very soon.